Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, False Claims, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundations
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
The American Principles Project (APP) is a 501(c)(4) think tank founded in 2009 by Robert George, Jeff Bell, and Frank Cannon. APP promotes a combination of libertarian and socially conservative policies. Sean Fieler chairs it. According to their about page, “American Principles Project is the premier national organization engaging directly in campaigns and advocacy on behalf of the family.”
Funded by / Ownership
The American Principles Project (APP) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. Donations generate revenue, but they lack transparency as they do not disclose large donors.
Analysis / Bias
While opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage, APP largely focuses on promoting immigration reform, opposing the critical race theory, and defending religious liberty (against LGBTQ and abortion). They have also advocated for monetary reform by suggesting a return to the gold standard.
In reviewing the website, the primary mission, according to their articles, is to suppress women’s rights through banning abortion and limiting the freedom and liberty of LGBTQ. They also use misleading information, such as the debunked video of Planned Parenthood selling baby parts. The Southern Poverty Law Center has accused American Principles Project of promoting conspiracies but has not formally labeled them a hate group.
Editorially the APP strongly favors former President Trump, such as this APP Blasts Facebook Oversight Board Ahead of Trump Decision. Further, they have promoted debunked election fraud conspiracies endorsed by Trump, such as this AFTER Win Again Save America. In general, they strongly favor the right and former President Trump while often promoting conspiracies that denigrate LGBTQ and women’s rights.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Joe Biden says he supports sex changes for kids.” – False
- Ad watch: Conservative PAC claims Gary Peters would ‘destroy girls’ sports’ – False
Overall, we rate the American Principles Project Far-Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of right-wing propaganda, conspiracy theories, the use of poor sources, false claims, and a lack of transparency with funding. (D. Van Zandt 8/21/2017) Updated (02/11/2022)
Last Updated on February 11, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check