These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using 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 the Peterson Foundation Least Biased based on the publication of low biased bipartisan analysis. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2008 by former US Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson (passed away 2018), The Peterson Foundation has grants issued to other organizations regardless of political affiliation. Their primary focus is on fair and balanced budgets and the future of the US. According to their about page their mission is “to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of the key fiscal challenges threatening America’s future and to accelerate action on them.” The current chairman and CEO is Michael A. Peterson. In general, they are a grant-making charity.
Funded by / Ownership
The Peterson Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is funded through donations. According to Open Secrets they generally fund both Democrats and Republicans. For example, in 2016 they contributed 50% to Republicans, 49% to Democrats, and 1% to others. However, in 2020 they contributed 85% to Democrats.
Analysis / Bias
In review, they stick to reporting facts and figures with opinion pieces mixed in on occasion. They have donated to Clinton, Bush, Heritage fund, and several left-leaning organizations making them very moderate in their views. There’s little extremism as they talk of carbon tax & fair tax taking from both sides of the aisle. They have an array of speakers from Bill Clinton to Alan Greenspan to Chris Christie demonstrating a bipartisan and moderate approach to fiscal policy and taxation. PETER G. PETERSON, for who the foundation is named after, served under Nixon and Clinton. According to Wikipedia he has been quoted as saying; “I remain a Republican, but the Republicans have become a far more theological, faith-directed party, not troubling with evidence.” In general, the Peterson Foundation provides factual analysis that is bipartisan and low biased.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Peterson Foundation Least Biased based on the publication of low biased bipartisan analysis. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Allen 1/14/2017) Updated (1/27/2021)