Questionable Reasoning: Propaganda, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Disinformation
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Politnavigator.net is a Ukrainian news website that covers a range of topics, including politics, society, international news, and the latest developments and events from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Crimea, Donbas, Balkan, Transnistria, Moldova, Eurasia, and the Caucasus. The website was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Funded by / Ownership
The ownership and funding of PolitNavigator.net are not transparent, and revenue is generated through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
The United States government has accused Russia of operating four websites it says are “spreading Russian propaganda.” One of the websites mentioned in the article published by the Associated Press is Politnavigator.net. The website has denied the accusation, and the editor of PolitNavigator, Sergey Stepanov, is quoted in the article as saying, “Washington turns a blind eye to what he says is Ukraine’s anti-democratic actions and instead labels those who point them out “anti-Ukrainian propagandists” and “agents of the FSB.” He adds that he would like to believe that American journalism will rise above the hysteria provoked by officials.
Pro-Russian bias is evident in PolitNavigator’s coverage of Ukrainian politics and the conflict in eastern Ukraine. For example, PolitNavigator reports on a statement made by the Russian lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky, titled “People must understand: Ukraine is death, and Russia is life.” The article suggests that Zhirinovsky’s statement reflects the narrative in Russia that portrays Ukraine as a failed state and promotes the idea of its integration into Russia.
Further, the website frequently publishes articles criticizing the Ukrainian government, NATO, and the United States. For example, this article has a biased, emotionally loaded headline “In Ukraine, they hope that the fallen drone will stimulate NATO to transfer aviation to Kyiv.” Furthermore, the article presents comments from Russian experts/ commentators who argue that the “US and NATO are engaging in provocative actions and that Russia should have stopped the flights of American drones over the Black Sea long ago.” The article promotes the Russian perspective on the incident and paints the US and NATO as aggressive and provocative actors in the region. Finally, this story is not sourced properly with hyperlinks.
Generally, PolitNavigator holds a right-leaning bias, frequently publishes Russian pro-government, anti-west propaganda, lacks transparency, and poorly sources information.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Politnavigator as Right Biased and questionable based on promoting pro-Russian propaganda, poor sourcing, a lack of transparency, and false or misleading claims. (M. Huitsing 03/15/2023)
Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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