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 Polygraph.Info Least Biased on a left-right scale, but pro-USA on a national interest scale. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2015, Polygraph.info is a fact-checking website produced by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America (VOA). The website serves as a resource for verifying the increasing volume of disinformation and misinformation being distributed and shared globally. According to their about page “VOA and RFE/RL journalists research and analyze quotes, stories, and reports distributed by government officials, government-sponsored media and other high-profile individuals. The reporter’s separate fact from fiction, add context and debunk lies.”
Funded by / Ownership
PolyGraph.info is owned by Voice of America Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The BBG is a bipartisan federal agency overseeing all U.S international broadcasting services. The RFE/RL president is former Associated Press Standards editor Thomas Kent and the Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of programming is Nenad Pejic.
Analysis / Bias
In review, PolyGraph.info is a fact-checker funded by the USA government. While this fact checker is not left or right biased it is certainly pro-America with most fact checks against Russia and other authoritarian governments. For example, this, China’s Murky Claims About the India Border Clash and this Kremlin Falsely Says Moscow Not at Fault for Sour Relations with US. The primary purpose of this website is to minimize Russian influence on the USA. Through our thorough review, we could not find any false information on this site. We should disclaim that everyone on our team is American or is a resident who has lived here for more than 5 years. In general, Polygraph.info is a credible fact-checker, but with a pro-American bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Polygraph.Info Least Biased on a left-right scale, but pro-USA on a national interest scale (Propaganda). We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/1/2016) Updated (12/9/2020)