These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Accuracy in Academia (AIA) Right Biased based on political policy positions favored by conservatives and Mixed for factual reporting due to affiliation with Accuracy in Media, a known mixed factual source as well as not aligning with the consensus of science regarding climate change.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Accuracy in Academia (AIA) is a nonprofit watchdog group, and think tank that describes itself as “wanting schools to return to their traditional mission-the quest for truth”. The AIA promotes academic freedom and is particularly critical of what it describes as a left-wing bias in American academia. The AIA characterizes such bias as liberal or communist “indoctrination”, and aims to stand up for the rights of politically conservative students and faculty. The AIA was founded in 1985 by columnist and former Federal Reserve economist Reed Irvine as an outgrowth of Accuracy in Media. The current editor is Malcolm Kline
Funded by / Ownership
Accuracy in Academia is a non-profit that is funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, as stated above, the primary aim of this website is to promote conservatism on college campuses. There is moderate use of loaded language in headlines such as this: Pistol Packin’ Teachers? Although this article has a moderately sensational headline, it is sourced to the Left-Center Washington Post. Most articles are properly sourced and factual. Generally, all stories favor right-wing policy and advocate for conservatism.
A factual search reveals that Accuracy in Academia has never failed a fact check. However, this source has a direct link to Accuracy in Media, which promotes anti-science positions and has a Mixed factual rating according to our methodology. Further, AIA frequently does not align with the consensus of scientists when it comes to human-influenced climate change. They often refer to those who adhere to the consensus as “alarmists.”
Overall, we rate Accuracy in Academia (AIA) Right Biased based on political policy positions favored by conservatives and Mixed for factual reporting due to affiliation with Accuracy in Media, a known mixed factual source as well as not aligning with the consensus of science regarding climate change. (D. Van Zandt 7/25/2018) Updated (10/15/2019)