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 appealing 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.
- Overall, we rate UN News Left-Center biased based on reporting and advocacy positions that favor a progressive liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded in 1945 and dedicated to maintaining international peace and security and promoting human rights. The United Nations (UN) is comprised of 193 Member States. If you are interested in the history of the UN, please see the Audiovisual Library, which has archived content from the 1920s to the present.
UN News is the United Nations multilingual news portal that produces daily news content in many languages. UN News mainly focuses on in-depth information on UN-related issues. The headquarters are located in New York City.
Funded by / Ownership
The United Nations (UN) owns and operates the UN News portal. Member states fund the UN via assessed contributions for the regular budget. Each member country’s contribution to the UN regular budget is based on a complex formula. Please view this Quartz article regarding methodology and the formula. At this link, you can view funding of peacekeeping operations and the top 10 providers of assessed contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations and percentages.
Analysis / Bias
The Nobel Peace Prize 2001 was awarded to United Nations (UN), and its Secretary-General Kofi Annan “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.” In 2020, The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides food assistance worldwide, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for combating hunger.
Global views of the UN are primarily favorable. According to Pew Research, although 61% of Americans offer a positive opinion about United Nations (UN), there is a difference between liberals and conservatives. For example, “Eight-in-ten liberals rate the organization favorably, while just four-in-ten conservatives say the same.” The United Nations (UN) is generally unpopular on the right, as evidenced by former President Trump, who reduced or cut off funding to some UN agencies. However, according to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), “President Biden has reversed those cuts.”
In review, the UN News website publishes various articles on “Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid, Climate and Environment, Human Rights, UN Affairs, Women, Migrants, and Refugees.” Articles are typically published with emotionally loaded language such as: “Top UN officials saddened at mob violence during US Capitol breach; Bachelet decries ‘incitement’ by political leaders.” A quote from the article reads, “Several thousand protesters marched on the US Capitol in Washington DC, the heart of American democracy and home to the House of Representatives and the Senate, after being addressed by President Trump and his supporters outside the White House, who are continuing to make false claims of election rigging.”
Regarding sourcing, they rely on other UN agencies/entities such as World Health Organization, UNESCO, IMF (International Monetary Fund), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and World Trade Organization (WTO).
Editorially, UN News favors a progressive liberal perspective with concerns about climate change, human rights, education, social justice, and support for LGBTQ rights. In general, UN News is fact-based and has left-leaning editorial and advocacy positions.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate UN News Left-Center biased based on reporting and advocacy positions that favor a progressive liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 09/30/2022)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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