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- Overall, we rate Military Watch Magazine Right-Center Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of pro-Russian propaganda and a complete lack of transparency regarding who is in charge of the website and where they originate.
Reasoning: Russian Propaganda, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rank: N/A
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2017, Military Watch is an online Military Magazine whose goal is to provide “reliable and insightful analysis into international security and defense industry developments worldwide.” Military watch reports on defense-related events, featuring articles, news, analysis, technology, and videos.
The website lacks transparency as it does not name authors, editors, or ownership or disclose the physical location.
Funded by / Ownership
Military Watch Magazine lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Military Watch Magazine focuses on reporting defense-related events and publishes articles that are generally in line with the Russian Government’s narrative.
In review, they are highly biased in favor of Russia; for example, in the article “Indian and African Students Face Violence in Ukraine: Extremist Militias Target Non-Europeans – Reports,” a quote reads, “A number of sources have reported that white supremacist militias which have played a key role in the Ukrainian war effort have targeted foreigners, particularly Indians living in the country, in particular preventing them from leaving and using them as human shields against Russian attacks.” The article mentions “The Azov Battalion,” which has been a part of Russian propaganda, amplified by the Russian state news outlet RT. In the article, Military Watch repeats Russia’s narrative that there is a Nazi influence in Ukraine.
The Azov Battalion is a real extremist group that became (and still is) a faction in Ukraine’s national guard, but to equate them with having a “key role in the Ukrainian war effort” is to overstate their size and influence vastly.
Many articles are republished on strangemilitarystories.com and usually contain emotionally loaded language, such as “Seven Years Since Russia’s Military Intervention to Thwart NATO in Syria: A Very Different War to Ukraine.” A quote from the article reads. “Russia’s military operation in Syria is widely considered one of the most successful in the country’s history with minimal losses and objectives secured quickly and efficiently.” The wording appears to be praising and criticizing at the same time.
Another quote reads, “The confidence provided by the operation may well have been responsible for the ‘victory disease,’ as it is sometimes referred to, which fueled the complacency.” Therefore, this “hampered Russian effectiveness when intervening in Ukraine seven years later – a campaign which has had very different results.”
Another aspect of Military Watch Magazine is they do not list author information for articles published on the website, which presents a lack of transparency and makes it difficult to verify the information. For example, although they provide a hyperlink to credible sources like Reuters and N.Y. Times, there is no author information. An example is “U.S. Sees Attacks on Russian Nord Stream Pipelines as ‘Tremendous Opportunity’: State Secretary Blinken” and “Despite Hawkish Positions on China and Korea, Shinzo Abe Was Critical of Ukraine’s Zelensky and NATO’s Russia Stance.”
While Military Watch Magazine attempts to provide some balance, most articles hold a right-leaning bias and promote pro-Russian propaganda that can be misleading or false.
Failed Fact Checks
- A third-party fact-checker has not fact-checked them to date.
Overall, we rate Military Watch Magazine Right-Center Biased and questionable based on the promotion of pro-Russian propaganda and a complete lack of transparency regarding who is in charge of the website and where they originate. (M. Huitsing 10/05/2022)
Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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