These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Latvia 24/180
Founded in October 2014, Meduza or Medusa Project is a news aggregation site headquartered in Riga, Latvia. Meduza is a Russian news website that isn’t actually based in Russia. Galina Timchenko, who got fired as chief editor of Lenta.ru. (Russia’s most popular news website), launched Meduza in Latvia. Meduza also known as its English version is called “The Real Russia Today.”
According to it’s about page Meduza focuses on “the most important news and feature stories from hundreds of sources in Russia and across the former Soviet Union.” Ivan Kolpakov is the editor.
Funded by / Ownership
Galina Timchenko is CEO and the Publisher of Meduza is Ilya Krasilshchik. According to a Newsweek article, Timchenko prefers to keep Meduza’s investors anonymous.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Meduza uses emotionally loaded language in their headlines such as “Leonid Slutsky must resign from the State Duma“ and in articles they typically source anti-Russian government sources such as RTVI, which is not available in Russia. However, Meduza also utilizes credible sources such as BBC, The Financial Times, AP, Reuters as well as Russian news sources such as Russian News Agency TASS and Russia’s international news agency RIA RU.
Overall, we rate Meduza high factually due to extensive sourcing, and left biased editorially when it comes to US politics. For example, in this article they favor Obama “It’s become increasingly true and it seems desperately necessary that one man bear responsibility for Russia’s continued economic struggles, its troubles abroad, and nearly anything else rotten occurring under the Sun. The blame for such problems falls, of course, on US President Barack Obama.” Meduza also has anti-Putin bias when it comes to Russian politics and because Putin and the Russian government in general, is socially conservative, anti-gay and pro religion/traditional values we rate Meduza Left Biased and High for factual reporting. (M. Huitsing 3/23/2018) Updated (7/7/2018)
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