Arms Control Association – Bias and Credibility

Arms Control Association - Left Center Bias - Credible - Reliable - Liberal LeaningFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


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  • Overall, we rate the Arms Control Association Left-Center biased based on editorial and policy advocacy that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic



Founded in 1971, the Arms Control Association is a “national, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies.” The Arms Control Association regularly releases press briefings and publishes Arms Control Today magazine.

The Arms Control Association has a lengthy history of promoting arms control, negotiations, and peace. For space purposes, we will share their most recent history. You can view their entire history here.

2017: The Arms Control Association helped rally opposition to President Trump’s “fire and fury” threats against North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests and successfully made a case for direct U.S.-North Korean diplomacy on denuclearization and peace.

2018: The Arms Control Association advanced options to resolve the U.S.-Russian dispute over Russian compliance with the INF Treaty and mobilized bipartisan support for a decision to extend the New START agreement past 2021.

2018: Responding to the Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Arms Control Association warns that the move will unnecessarily trigger a new nuclear crisis. Along with nongovernmental allies, the Association builds support for U.S. re-entry into the agreement and follow-on talks on an agreement that builds on the 2015 deal.

2019: The Arms Control Association’s major research report “Nuclear Excess: Understanding the Costs, Risks, and Alternatives” documents why the Trump administration’s $1.7 trillion, 30-year plan for nuclear weapons recapitalization plans is unnecessary, unsustainable, and unsafe, and outlines realistic options to reduce nuclear weapons spending significantly.

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Funded by / Ownership

The Arms Control Association is a nonprofit supported through grants and donations. The website lists their most notable contributors, which are as follows:

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Charles Koch Foundation
  • German Foreign Federal Office
  • Janelia Foundation
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • New-Land Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Pentagon Budget Campaign and the Colombe Foundation
  • Ploughshares Fund
  • Prospect Hill Foundation
  • Selma Ankist Family Trust
  • Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust
  • The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Foundation

Revenue is additionally generated through magazine subscriptions.

Analysis / Bias

In review, the Arms Control Association promotes denuclearization through organizing summits and publishing research and information. The website has a tab leading to “Resources.” This page links to a library of information that is low-biased and evidence-based. You can also read articles from their magazine, Arms Control Today, which utilizes moderately loaded language that is negative toward President Trump’s Iranian Nuclear plan: Seeing Red in Trump’s Iran Strategy. Further, the website features a blog that publishes Op-Eds from other sources such as The Nation (Left), The National Interest (Right-Center), Axios (Left-Center), and Defense One (Least Biased). Editorially, the common theme is opposition to arms proliferation and the current administration’s handling of foreign affairs. In general, all information is factual and properly sourced with a left-leaning editorial bias.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate the Arms Control Association Left-Center biased based on editorial and policy advocacy that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/22/2019) Updated (11/17/2023)


Last Updated on November 17, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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