The Debrief – Bias and Credibility

The Debrief - Least Biased - CredibleFactual Reporting: Mostly Factual - Mostly Credible and Reliable


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  • Overall, we rate The Debrief as Least Biased based on minimal editorializing of content. We also rate them as Mostly Factual rather than High due to not always backing claims with concrete evidence.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: United States
MBFC’s Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic



The Debrief ( is a news and analysis website that covers a wide range of topics, including science, technology, defense, space, and intelligence. The website aims to provide in-depth reporting, investigative journalism, and analysis on complex subjects. According to their about page, “The Debrief is a news site providing a public venue for credible reporting on science, tech, and defense news, with an eye for the cutting edge science and technology of tomorrow.

The website was co-founded by Micah Hanks – Editor-in-Chief,  Tim McMillan – Executive Director, and  MJ Banias  – Content Director.

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Funded by / Ownership

The Debrief is an independent media outlet; however, it is not clear who owns them. The specific details of its funding sources are not readily available. The website generates revenue through advertising.

Analysis / Bias

The Debrief focuses on reporting on various topics, including science, technology, and intelligence. Many stories focus on extraterrestrials such as this ARE SQUIDS AND OCTOPUSES ACTUALLY SPACE ALIENS? This story relies on a credible study from Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology. Another article titled THE U.S. AIR FORCE AND MIT SUCCESSFULLY FLY AIRCRAFT USING “JAM-PROOF” AI-ENHANCED MAGNETIC NAVIGATION, covers technology relying on credible sourcing.

In the article “Intelligence Officials Say U.S. Has Retrieved ‘Non-Human Craft,” reports on intelligence officials’ claims regarding retrieving unidentified aerial objects (UFOs). The article presents the statements made by these officials and explores the implications and potential significance of such claims. The information is presented based on the statements made by the officials making a first-hand account. However, the article did not provide direct evidence or links to support these claims, which raises questions about the credibility of the information.

Politically, The Debrief reports on political issues as it relates to their fields of interest, such as this $858 BILLION DEFENSE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BY BIDEN INCLUDES “UNPRECEDENTED” LEGISLATION ON “UNIDENTIFIED ANOMALOUS PHENOMENA.” This story, like all others related to politics, does not interject biased opinions.

While The Debrief is usually factual and sources information properly, they sometimes rely on testimony from sources who do not present evidence. This does not mean the information is false, but we can’t say it is true without evidence. In general, The Debrief is minimally biased and mostly factual due to not always being able to back up claims with evidence.

Failed Fact Checks

  • There have been no reported instances of failing fact checks.

Overall, we rate The Debrief as Least Biased based on minimal editorializing of content. We also rate them as Mostly Factual rather than High due to not always backing claims with concrete evidence. (D. Van Zandt 06/05/2023)


Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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