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 Lawfare Blog Least Biased based on evidence-based balanced reporting. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and for being used as a resource for verified fact-checkers.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2010, Lawfare is a blog dedicated to publishing information related to legal issues and policy related to national security. According to their about page “We mean to devote this blog to that nebulous zone in which actions are taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions.”
Lawfare’s coverage of intelligence and legal matters related to the Trump administration has brought the blog significant increases in readership and national attention.
Lastly, the founder and Editor-in-Chief is Ben Wittes. They are also transparent by offering a masthead.
Funded by / Ownership
Lawfare is published in cooperation with the Brookings Institution and derives funding from donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website publishes articles from a legal perspective related to national security issues. Articles typically feature minimal to moderate loaded language such as this: The Potential Trouble with Nominating a DNI from Trump’s Central Casting. This story is properly sourced to the President’s daily briefs and the Washington Post. In fact, all articles reviewed are properly sourced to credible media outlets such as Reuters, Associated Press, Justice.gov, and the New York Times.
Although Lawfare is known for their straight factual reporting, they also produce editorial content that frequently discusses President Trump’s legal issues and policy that may not be constitutional. This reporting is always evidence-based. In general, Lawfare is factual and utilizes minimal personal bias and does not takes sides. They clearly report on the law and how it impacts national security.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check. In fact, they are used as a resource for IFCN fact-checkers.
Overall, we rate Lawfare Blog Least Biased based on evidence-based balanced reporting. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and for being used as a resource for verified fact-checkers. (5/14/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 5/27/2020)