Daily Source Bias Check: PragerU

PragerU - Questionable Source - Extreme Right Bias - Republican - Conservative - Fake News - Not CredibleFactual Reporting: Low - Not Credible - Not Reliable - Fake News - Bias


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  • Overall, we rate PragerU Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda, the use of poor sources who have failed fact checks, and the publication of misleading information regarding immigration and climate change.

Detailed Report

Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Poor Sourcing, Mixed Fact Checking
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180


Founded in 2009 by Dennis Prager and Allen Astrin, PragerU short for Prager University is a non-profit organization that creates videos on various political, economic and philosophical topics from a conservative or right-wing perspective. PragerU is not an academic institution. It is strictly a conservative Youtube video channel and news website. The following disclaimer is located at the bottom of the website: PRAGER UNIVERSITY IS NOT AN ACCREDITED ACADEMIC INSTITUTION AND DOES NOT OFFER CERTIFICATIONS OR DIPLOMAS. BUT IT IS A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE FREE TO LEARN.

Dennis Prager is a Neoconservative radio host and columnist for the far-right and questionable WND. Prager believes that Christianity is under threat from secular leftist universities and therefore created PragerU to counteract them. PragerU has developed two partnership programs to help cultivate relationships with educators. PragerU’s Educator Program supplies teachers with lesson plans and study guides that accompany their videos. Additionally, secondary school teachers and college professors can register their classes through PragerU’s Academic Partnership program, which lets students sign up and allows teachers to monitor their students’ progress.

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Funded by / Ownership

PragerU is a non-profit that is funded through donors such as hydraulic fracturing billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which advocates for low immigration and human-influenced climate change denialism. Other large donors all hold conservative views as well. The organization has a $10 million annual budget, of which it spends more than 40% on marketing.

Analysis / Bias

In review, PragerU publishes well-produced videos that appeal to a conservative audience. The most frequent topics covered are anti-immigration, human-influenced climate change denialism, Pro-Christian and anti-Muslim themes, as well as advocacy for free-market capitalism and harsh criticism of socialism. Further, there are many videos in support of President Trump. Most videos are less than 5 minutes and come from prominent conservatives such as Dennis Prager and some of which have very poor track records with fact-checkers such as Tucker Carlson, Michelle Malkin (Anti-Islam), and Steven Crowder. Further, the right-leaning Cato Institute has criticized PragerU for publishing misleading and false information regarding immigration. In general, all videos favor the right and denigrate the left with the use of poor sources.

The website also contains an “In The News” section which curates news from other sources such as the BBC and Forbes. However, they also list stories from far-right biased sources and questionable ones such as Breitbart, Townhall, PJ Media, and Front Page Mag. All news stories are related in some way to PragerU, such as this: The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Smear Campaign Against PragerU. This particular story is a reaction to the SPLC calling PragerU an “indispensable propaganda device for the right.” They further state “PragerU seems to be yet another node on the internet connecting conservative media consumers to the dark corners of the extreme right.”

Failed Fact Checks

A factual search reveals they have Half True and Misattributed claims by IFCN Fact-Checkers. However, several of their videos come from those that have poor track records with fact-checkers such as Michelle Malkin and Steven Crowder to name a few.

Overall, we rate PragerU Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda, the use of poor sources who have failed fact checks, and the publication of misleading information regarding immigration and climate change. (D. Van Zandt 3/21/2019) Updated (12/24/2020)

Source: https://www.prageru.com

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4 Comments on "Daily Source Bias Check: PragerU"

  1. Thank you for the work you do. As an Independent, I want facts and resources. I do not want biases from anyone. Thank you for helping me find reliable resources of information. Ken Trinoskey Jr.

  2. Richard Babylon | December 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm |

    Prager used to have a TV talk show back in the 90s(?) that I watched at least a few times. He was affable- and articulate-enough, but it didn’t take long for me to realize he lacked critical thinking skills, intelligence, and/or education. At the time, I distinctly remember thinking that he was full of half-baked ideas, and I think they showed what little thought or flimsy reasoning he used to arrive at his views on the world. So it’s scary that he seems to see himself as qualified to educate anyone through his ersatz “university.” (Oh, brother!) I wasn’t focused enough on politics back then, and I pretty much forgot about him for many years, so I couldn’t gauge his political leanings, but it sure doesn’t surprise me that PragerU received a rating of “questionable,” and “low” in factual reporting.

  3. Richard Babylon | December 30, 2020 at 3:03 pm |

    Agreed, Kenneth — and I too am unaffiliated with a party. I strongly support MBFC.

  4. Generally i use your site to check bias on any media i am unfamiliar with and some that i am familiar with as a control group. I like that for the most part you are pretty fair and i say that as a centrist on most things. However on one media group i like because it has both conservative and Classic liberal commentators you were vary harsh. Rating PragerU as an extreme right low credibility questionable source. I am a fan of PragerU and i rate it center right with high academic credibility on opinion. There are university professors left and right who regularly present with very good arguments. Has the left right scale shifted left?

    Rob G.
    Portland Oregon


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