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 Stratfor Least Biased based on neutral headlines and story selection as well as being well respected among fact-checkers. 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
Stratfor is an American publisher and global intelligence company founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas, by George Friedman, who was the company’s chairman. Stratfor bills itself as a geopolitical intelligence platform. According to their about page “As the world’s leading geopolitical intelligence platform, Stratfor brings global events into valuable perspective, empowering businesses, governments and individuals to more confidently navigate their way through an increasingly complex international environment.”
Funded by / Ownership
Stratfor is owned by Stratfor Enterprises, LLC. Revenue is generated through subscription fees and donations. Further, in October 2015, Stratfor raised $12 million in funding through a growth equity investment by Dallas-based Teakwood Capital
Analysis / Bias
In review, Stratfor attempts to interpret the significance of today’s global events to provide a way to navigate an “ever-changing and complex global environment.” The website provides news through their Worldview with low bias such as this The Cost of Egypt’s Continued Economic Growth. They also report on political moves such as those by the Trump administration with minimal bias such as this Somalia: Trump Orders Plan for Troop Withdrawal From Somalia. In general, the news is factual and not editorialized.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date. In fact, Stratfor is frequently used by fact-checkers as a credible source.
Overall, we rate Stratfor Least Biased based on neutral headlines and story selection as well as being well respected among fact-checkers. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/6/2016) Updated (10/21/2020)