Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in June 2015 in Delphi, Greece, Defend Democracy Press is part of the Delphi Initiative. The initiative opposes the influence of international finance and large corporations in Europe. This platform aims to counter “euroliberalism” and facilitate collective efforts to address conflicts in the Middle East and Russia. It covers European affairs, the Greek crisis, international issues, the environment, democracy, and conflicts in former Soviet states and the Middle East.
Funded by / Ownership
Various organizations support this outlet, including the World Forum of Alternatives, the Institute for Globalization Studies and Social Movements (Russia), the Geopolitical Economy Research Group (Canada), and the Lyssarides Foundation (Cyprus). We could not confirm some of the cited supporters. Defend Democracy Press sustains itself through donations.
Analysis / Bias
Two representative articles help to illustrate the outlet’s bias. The first article, “Don’t Let the Saudis Off the Hook for the Migrant Massacres,” criticizes the Biden administration for its inaction regarding the reported killing of migrants by Saudi forces. The article uses reputable sources such as The Washington Post and Human Rights Watch. However, it employs strong, emotionally loaded language like “massacring,” framing the U.S. as complicit through its lack of action.
The second article, “A 32-Hour Workweek Is Long Overdue,” advocates for a shorter, government-mandated workweek, aligning with Bernie Sanders’ known progressive views on labor issues. The article’s tone and language are notably pro-labor and left-leaning. The piece portrays those who disagree as misguided, explicitly advocating for political action to benefit the working class. The article cites a range of sources, including Stacker, callaborlaw.com, leginfo.legislature.ca.gov, marxists.org, and Scott Shackford of Reason Magazine is also mentioned. Still, his critique is dismissed as off-topic, further indicating the article’s left-leaning bias. The use of emotionally charged language and biased framing favors left-leaning policies, particularly in the areas of social justice, anti-imperialism, and human rights, while criticizing right-leaning or conservative policies.
In general, Defend Democracy Press holds left-leaning viewpoints such as this ‘Far-Right Radicalism’: GOP Wants to Cut Funding for Clean Water Programs by 64% and sometimes are not factual, as evidenced below in failed fact checks.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Defend Democracy Press as Left biased based on editorial and advocacy positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to one-sided reporting and a failed fact check. (M. Huitsing 09/16/2023)
Last Updated on September 22, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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