These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate FDD’s Long War Journal Right-Center Biased based on aligning with Neo-Conservative positions regarding the war on terror. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Created in 2006 as a project of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, FDD’s Long War Journal reports news on the global war on terror. According to their about page they are “dedicated to providing original and accurate reporting and analysis of the Long War (also known as the Global War on Terror). This is accomplished through its programs of embedded reporters, news and news aggregation, maps, podcasts, and other multimedia formats.” Bill Roggio is the editor.
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Funded by / Ownership
FDD’s Long War Journal is a project of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. FDD is headed by President Cliff May, and CEO Mark Dubowitz. The FDD has been described as Neo-conservative and Pro-Israel. The website is published by Public Multimedia, Inc and accepts donations. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is funded through small and large donors such as Abramson Family Foundation and Sheldon Adelson. Many of their large donors hold pro-right wing Israeli ideology.
Analysis / Bias
In review, FDD’s Long War Journal covers stories about countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Iraq and follows the actions of al Qaeda and its affiliates. Story selection often fits within their stated mission of covering the war on terror. Headlines contain minimal loaded language such as this: Taliban supplies al Qaeda with explosives for attacks in major Afghan cities. This story is appropriately sourced to Politico and the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense. In another sample story, Several districts change hands as fighting rages in northern Afghanistan, there is again proper sourcing to local media as well as DW.com and the Afghanistan Times. Editorially, FDD tends to remain neutral when discussing political issues, however, at times they are critical of President Trump’s foreign policy, such as this: Trump caves to Pakistan on Afghanistan.
In general, story selection focuses on the war on terror, with FDD taking hawkish right leaning positions on combating terrorism.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate FDD’s Long War Journal Right-Center Biased based on aligning with Neo-Conservative positions regarding the war on terror. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 9/16/2019)