These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence-based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased, and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer-reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
- Overall, we rate the American Lung Association Pro-Science based on support for the consensus of science. We also rate them Left-Center biased based on political advocacy that slightly favors the left.
Bias Rating: PRO-SCIENCE/LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1904, The American Lung Association is a voluntary health organization whose mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy, and research. The organization was originally founded to fight Tuberculosis in the early 2oth century. According to their about page, “With TB largely controlled in the United States, we have extended that mission to other respiratory diseases. And thanks to our donors, volunteers, program and event participants, and staff, we are America’s trusted source for lung health education, lung disease research, support, programs, services, and advocacy.”
Funded by / Ownership
The American Lung Association (ALA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Chicago. According to financial statements on lung.org, 89 cents out of every dollar go toward program services nationwide. Donations generate revenue with donors disclosed as CVS Health, 3M, the Anthem Foundation, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Pharmaceutical companies include Merck, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca.
Analysis / Bias
The American Lung Association provides news and information on lung health. Information is broken down into Lung Health & Diseases, Quit Smoking, Clean Air, and Research & Reports. Lung.org also has a blog that publishes information about lung health with low bias, such as this Answering Questions About Children and the COVID-19 Vaccine. They always source information appropriately.
Editorially, they endorse the scientific consensus on lung health. From a biased perspective, they align left of center based on concern for climate change and its impact on health and anti-smoking campaigns. Further, throughout former President Trump’s presidency, the ALA frequently wrote letters criticizing Trump’s health and climate measures. In general, the American Lung Association supports science and holds a left-leaning political bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the American Lung Association Pro-Science based on support for the consensus of science. We also rate them Left-Center biased based on political advocacy that slightly favors the left. (D. Van Zandt 4/21/2021) Updated (01/04/2022)
Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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