These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing 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 and having a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Journal
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
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 specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. In 2009, Foreign Affairs launched its new website, ForeignAffairs.com, which offers print and online-only features. The current editor is Gideon Rose, and the website lists all staff members.
Funded by / Ownership
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an independent membership organization, think tank, and publisher, owns Foreign Affairs. The CFR is funded through sales of Foreign Affairs Magazine and donations and grants, which they fully disclose here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Foreign Affairs covers political, economic, and social issues worldwide. Encyclopedia Britannica describes them as “one of the world’s most prestigious periodicals of its kind.” Many articles are long-form analyses with minimal use of loaded language: 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 favor 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.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
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 and having a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/16/2016) Updated (10/28/2022)
Last Updated on October 28, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check