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- Overall, we rate the American Psychiatric Association as a left-leaning Pro-Science source based on advocacy for left-leaning policy. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: PRO-SCIENCE (LEFT-LEANING)
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1844, the American Psychiatric Association is the largest psychiatric organization in the world and the primary professional association for psychiatrists and aspiring psychiatrists in the United States.
According to its about page, its vision is “to be the premier psychiatric organization that advances mental health as part of general health and well-being.”
At the time of this review, the APA has 37,000 members.
Funded by / Ownership
The American Psychiatric Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization. Revenue derives from program services, publications, membership fees, contributions, and grants.
Analysis / Bias
The American Psychiatric Association website publishes news and information for a general audience under the Patients and Families tab, which lists mental conditions in alphabetic order. The website also publishes news releases about the association and a blog with stories like Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Promoting Mental Health Equity. All information is credibly sourced to organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and peer-reviewed journals.
Editorially, the website prominently advocates for the Goldwater Rule, which is a 1973 directive that urges psychiatrists to show restraint when asked to assess the mental fitness of political candidates. Although the APA does not directly assess former President Trump’s psychological status, they do report negatively on his policy APA Expresses Concern About the Trump Administration Executive Order Regarding Diversity and Inclusion Training by Federal Agencies. On the other hand, they report favorably on the Biden Administration APA Congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President- Elect Kamala Harris; Pledges to Work with Them on Advancing Mental Health.
The APA generally publishes fact-based content that aligns with the political left in the United States.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the American Psychiatric Association as a left-leaning Pro-Science source based on advocacy for left-leaning policy. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/18/2022)
Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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