The Budapest Beacon – Bias and Credibility

The Budapest Beacon - Left Center Bias - Liberal - Democrat - CredibleFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias.  They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes.  These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.

Update: The Budapest Beacon ceased publication in 2018 and is retired from our database.

Factual Reporting: HIGH


Founded in 2013, The Budapest Beacon is a news website focused on reporting news about Hungary.  It is published by the United States-based Real Reporting Foundation and the editor is Robert Field.

The Budapest Beacon state their mission as “The Budapest Beacon is an online news publication committed to fact-based reporting about what is really happening in Hungary.”

According to the Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders “Viktor Orban has steadily tightened his grip on the media since his re-election as Prime Minister in 2010.” And Hungary ranks 92 out of 180 countries in 2021.

Read our profile on Hungary’s media and government.

Funded by / Ownership

The Real Reporting Foundation owns the Budapest Beacon.

Analysis / Bias

In review, The Budapest Beacon utilizes local sources such as and when their article or analysis is about Hungary, which we have no way of verifying the credibility.

Fidesz is the national conservative and right-wing populist political party in Hungary. Viktor Orban is the present leader of the national conservative Fidesz party and the current Prime Minister of Hungary. The Budapest Beacon typically has an anti-Fidesz tone and loaded language in their articles, such as from the article Soros, Soros, Soros, Soros, Soros and this quote “Orbán government is more than adept when it comes to shamelessly employing every tool at the state’s disposal for purely political purposes.” Further, The Budapest Beacon also utilizes credible sources such as, The Guardian, and

When it comes to US politics their word choices are anti-Trump such as “The American Alt-Right’s Hungarian Love Affair.” Overall, we rate The Budapest Beacon Left-Center biased due to story selection that favors the left and highly factual due to the utilization of credible sources. (M. Huitsing 1/2/2018) Updated (12/17/2021)


Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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