These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the East-West Center as Left-Center biased based on a slight left-leaning editorial bias when covering social issues. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to reasonable sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1960 by the U.S. Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, the East-West Center promotes ties between the U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations. According to its website, the Center conducts research, provides educational programs, holds seminars, supports a Pacific Islands development project, and operates a research center in Washington. Suzanne Puanani Vares-Lum is the president of East-West Center in Honolulu, and here is the board of governors.
Funded by / Ownership
The East-West Center, established by the U.S. Congress, functions as an independent entity. It receives funding from the U.S. Congress, with the institution having received approximately $16 million in federal funding as of 2014, as reported by Reuters. Here is the Center’s Annual Financial Report 2022. Additional revenue is generated through donations.
Analysis / Bias
The East-West Center focuses on research and discussions related to various social and global topics.
The article titled Beyond Binary: New Approaches to Gender in Southeast Asia reflects a progressive or left-leaning viewpoint on gender issues. By delving into the gender dynamics in Southeast Asia and acknowledging a broader “gender spectrum,” the lecture challenges traditional norms and advocates for a more inclusive understanding of gender.
On the other hand, the article Two Peripheries: The Ukraine War’s Effect on North Korea-Russia Relations offers a balanced view of the geopolitical implications of Russia’s actions in Ukraine on the Korean Peninsula, presenting facts and analysis without overt bias. However, the article does not provide direct citations or references within the text. Instead, it offers a comprehensive analysis based on the author’s understanding and interpretation of the geopolitical situation. The lack of direct citations might raise questions about the sources of specific claims or information in the article.
Lastly, The article “Pacific Islands Young Economic Empowerment Leaders Cohort 2” cites the “Pacific Islands Development Program” as a source, indicating that the Center does include references in some of its content for verification and further exploration.
In general, while the East-West Center prioritizes in-depth research and dialogue on critical issues and presents content without evident bias, certain topics, such as those related to gender, align with progressive or left-leaning perspectives.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the East-West Center as Left-Center biased based on a slight left-leaning editorial bias when covering social issues. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to reasonable sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 09/28/2023)
Last Updated on September 28, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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