These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate Defense One Least Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that are balanced. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Defense One (DO) is an online news site that primarily reports matters relating to national defense and security. According to their about page, “Defense One delivers news, breaking analysis, and ideas on the topics and trends that are defining the future of U.S. defense and national security. We give national security professionals, stakeholders, and citizens what they need to know, from senior leaders in Washington to commanders abroad and next-generation thinkers far from the political scrum.”
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Funded by / Ownership
Defense One is a property of Atlantic Media, which owns the left-leaning Atlantic magazine and website. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
The articles are well-written, well-sourced, and highly factual. National defense and security are always complex and controversial subjects. The solid analysis and insight that DO provides can be a key path to navigating and understanding them. While some of the articles exhibit a slight left or right bias, this can be attributed primarily to the subject matter instead of the author’s bias. That aside, the overall content and editorial intent of DO earn them a Least Biased rating.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Defense One Least Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that are balanced. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Kelley 3/27/2017) Updated (08/26/2022)
Last Updated on May 22, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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