The Duran

Last updated on June 14th, 2021 at 05:35 pm

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  • Overall, we rate The Duran a Questionable source based on far-right-wing bias, promotion of Russian propaganda, and right-wing conspiracies, a lack of transparency, use of poor sources plagiarism and, failed fact checks.

Detailed Report

Reasoning: Russian Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Plagiarism, Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: Cyrpus (26/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY

History

Founded in 2016, The Duran is a strongly right-leaning news and opinion website with ties to Russian state media. Based in Cyprus, the website’s editor is Alexander Mercouris, who in 2012 was disbarred as an attorney in London. According to the Telegraph, he then went on to become a “pro-Russian commentator on world affairs for Russian TV news outlets and websites.”

The Duran’s director is Peter Lavelle, the host of RT’s (Russian state news outlet) political debate program CrossTalk.

In 2018, the right-leaning Weekly Standard accused The Duran of peddling Russian “Fake News.”

The website does not provide an about page, mission statement, funding, or obvious ownership information.

Funded by / Ownership

Cyprus-based DRN Media PLC owns the Duran. Moscow native Alex Christoforou is the President and Chairman of DRN Media PLC. Funding for The Duran comes from Paypal and Patreon donations, as well as advertising.

Analysis / Bias

In review, The Duran publishes news and opinions with a conservative and pro-Russian perspective, such as this: Roger Stone Shines New Light on Russia-Gate Hoax. This story is copied and pasted directly from the pro-Russian Strategic Culture Foundation. However, in general, all articles involving Russia are positively slanted, such as Russia Grinds Out Wins In Europe and Trump boxed in on Iran, as Putin holds key to prevent war in Persian Gulf (Video). In addition, many articles are poorly sourced to Russian Propaganda outlets such as RT and Sputnik.

When covering the USA, the Duran demonstrates a conservative bias with frequent articles denigrating the left such as this: Rudy Giuliani DESTROYS Hillary Clinton, “America’s Number One Crime Family” (Video) and this story promoting a conspiracy theory, NXIVM Sex-Cult Prosecutors Have Evidence Of Illegal Clinton Campaign Contributions For “Political Influence.” This latter story is copied and pasted from the right-wing conspiracy website Zerohedge.

In general, The Duran routinely publishes pro-Russian propaganda and promotes right-wing conspiracies through the use of poorly sourced, plagiarized news articles.

Failed Fact Checks

Overall, we rate The Duran a Questionable source based on far-right-wing bias, promotion of Russian propaganda, and right-wing conspiracies, a lack of transparency, use of poor sources plagiarism and, failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 11/30/2016) Updated (2/26/2021)

Source: https://theduran.com/

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