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 Eurasianet as Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor a liberal perspective. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to one-sided reporting that may leave out context on issues.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Eurasianet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in New York City, dedicated to reporting news from the Eurasian region, including countries like Georgia and Armenia. Hosted by Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, Eurasianet emphasizes journalism, while the Harriman Institute specializes in academic research on Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Eurasianet also offers podcasts and visual stories, providing a multimedia approach to news coverage. It also has a section dedicated to environmental reporting, indicating a broad range of topics covered.
Jeffrey Trimble is the chair of Eurasianet’s board, with a background in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Valentina Izmirlieva, director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, is also a board member.
Funded by / Ownership
Eurasianet is funded by Google, the Open Society Foundations, the U.K.’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, among other grant-making institutions and donations. It is governed by a board of trustees without a specified owner, as detailed on their About page.
Analysis / Bias
Eurasianet maintains a critical perspective toward regional governments, as seen in its articles about Turkmenistan’s leadership and Azerbaijan’s environmental protests. The Turkmenistan article, using emotionally loaded language, describes a “farcical intra-generational tussle” and asserts Gurbanguly “stole his son’s limelight,” citing sources like the IMF for economic context and turkmenistan.gov.tm to contrast its commentary with official narratives.
The Azerbaijan article titled “Azerbaijani President Makes First Remarks about Blockaded Village” critiques President Ilham Aliyev’s response to protests, referencing azadliq.org (affiliated with US Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) and juxtaposing it with official statements from the president.az. In both articles, Eurasianet juxtaposes official sources with critical commentary, offering a skeptical viewpoint on events and policies. While this approach presents an alternative to official narratives, it lacks balance.
Considering Eurasianet’s apparent critical bias towards the discussed governments, consulting multiple sources may provide readers with a more comprehensive understanding. Lastly, the article “Will Biden take on neglected Caucasus and Central Asia?” demonstrates a left-center bias, characterizing “Trump’s erratic approach” in contrast to “Biden’s team of experienced pros,” which critically frames the Trump administration while presenting the Biden administration in a favorable light.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Eurasianet as Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor a liberal perspective. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to one-sided reporting that may leave out context on issues. (M. Huitsing 10/06/2023)
Last Updated on October 6, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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