These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an 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 Diplomat Magazine as Least Biased based on low-biased straightforward news reporting and minimal left-right bias editorially. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MODERATE FREEDOM
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2001, The Diplomat is an online international news magazine covering politics, society, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region. It is based in Tokyo, Japan. According to their about page, “Since its launch in 2002, The Diplomat has been dedicated to quality analysis and commentary on events occurring in Asia and around the world.”
In 2009, The Diplomat ceased print publication and became a strictly online entity.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Diplomat is owned by Trans-Asia Inc., an international translation service. The website is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Diplomat Magazine publishes news related to politics, society, and culture within the Asia-Pacific Region. Many stories are related to foreign relations and most often are low in bias, such as this Saudi-Pakistani Relations Enter Tough Times as Both Riyadh and Islamabad Face Challenges. The Diplomat thoroughly sources all information through hyperlinks. For example, the previous story links to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Reuters, as well as many other credible sources.
The website does not have a dedicated area for opinion pieces. Still, they do cover politics with minimal bias, such as this South Koreans Flock to Study Japan Amid Ongoing Tensions. Regarding USA politics, they tend to report negatively on the former Trump administration, but only as it relates to Asian-Pacific affairs such as this: Assessing Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, 2 Years In. This story does use loaded words, as exemplified by this quote: “However, by some measures, the United States has become increasingly unhinged from its Asian partners of late.” In general, news reporting is factual and low biased, while occasionally, the authors use loaded emotional language that is opposed to the Trump administration. This is rare.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Diplomat Magazine as Least Biased based on low-biased straightforward news reporting and minimal left-right bias editorially. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (8/16/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 12/11/2022)
Last Updated on December 11, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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