These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal 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 Foreign Affairs Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information as well as having a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Foreign Affairs is an American journal of international relations and U.S. foreign policy. It has been published bimonthly since 1922 by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit, 4,900-member organization, think tank and publisher that specializes in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. In 2009, Foreign Affairs launched its new website, ForeignAffairs.com, which offers both print content and online-only features. The current editor is Gideon Rose and the website lists all staff members.
Funded by / Ownership
Foreign Affairs is owned by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher. The CFR is funded through sales of Foreign Affairs Magazine as well as donations and grants, which they full disclose here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Foreign Affairs covers political, economic and social issues from around the world. Encyclopedia Britannica describes them as “one of the most prestigious periodicals of its kind in the world.” Many articles are long form analysis with minimal use of loaded language such as this: What a War With Iran Would Look Like. This story is properly sourced to credible outlets such as the BBC and Military Times. Editorially, Foreign Affairs does not have a favorable view regarding President Trump’s foreign policy: American Foreign Policy Adrift. Further, they also tend to have right leaning views regarding Globalization as well as free market economics. In general, information is presented with balance and with minimal use of emotional language.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Foreign Affairs Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information as well as having a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/16/2016) Updated (6/23/2019)