Electronic Intifada

Electronic Intifada - Left BiasLEFT BIAS

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation.  They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.

Factual Reporting: HIGH

Notes: Electronic Intifada is a news publication and educational resource focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world. Electronic Intifada has a very strong Pro-Palestinian bias in report choices and does not always cover both sides of the story. There is frequent use of loaded emotional words that are positive for Palestine and negative for Israel. However, Electronic Intifada is generally very well sourced to credible media outlets. In reviewing fact checks we could not find any instance where EI directly failed a fact check from major fact checking sources. We did however find a case where EI refuted a pants on fire claim from Politifact that stated the Baltimore police were trained by Mossad. In their rebuttle, EI is careful to indicate that Mossad did not directly train the Baltimore Police, however they refute that there are not connections based on the defensive style they were trained in and the fact the police had visited Israel twice for training. In the end, Politifact is correct that it is unproven Mossad trained the Baltimore Police, but EI makes a compelling, well sourced rebuttal that there are connections to Israel. The issue with this exchange is the misleading headline used by EI: PolitiFact denies Israeli ties to Baltimore police despite evidence. Politifact’s fact check did not ask if there were Israeli ties, it centered purely on Mossad. Based on this misleading headline, I would rate EI as somewhat mixed for factual reporting despite the use of excellent sourcing in most articles and left biased based on story selection and wording that sometimes amounts to propaganda . (D. Van Zandt 5/13/2016) (Updated (8/3/2017)

Notes 2: The Electronic Intifada (EI) is a Chicago based publication founded by Ali Abunimah, Arjan El Fassed, Laurie King, and Nigel Parry. EI reports on current news regarding Palestine, primarily the Israeli occupation, and is Pro-Palestinian in its reporting and editorial stance. Looking past the obvious bias, the articles on EI are well written, factual, and well sourced. Despite the quality of the writing, however, the Pro-Palestinian slant of EI earns it a Left Bias rating. (D. Kelley 5/8/2017)

Notes 3: Electronic Intifada is a Palestinian news and information portal based in Chicago-Illinois. Electronic intifada is a reliable source of information which mainly targets Palestinian affairs, with emphasis on the Palestinian viewpoint. They publish well-sourced news stories from reputable, mostly left leaning news organizations.  We rate this source as left biased due to their story selection, choice of sources and highly factual in reporting. (M. Huitsing 8/3/2017)

Summary Notes: When multiple reviewers look at a source we average the scores to assign a rating. According to our methodology, Electronic Intifada is classified as left biased with a very strong pro-Palestinian bias. Although there is significant use of loaded words, EI almost always uses strong sourcing within their articles. EI has not directly failed a fact check that we are aware of, though their headlines can sometimes be misleading. Final rating: Left Biased and Factual in Reporting.