These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Aspen Institute Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1949, the Aspen Institute is a research institute and think tank that promotes the creation of a free, just, and equitable society. According to their about page, “the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world.” The current President and CEO are Daniel R. Porterfield.
Funded by / Ownership
The Aspen Institute is a nonprofit organization that is primarily funded through donations. Large donors include the Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and the Ford Foundation. According to the Center for International Policy, they have received “sizeable donations from undemocratic regimes in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.”
Analysis / Bias
The Aspen Institute produces seminars, policy programs, conferences, and leadership development initiatives. The website features a blog that promotes news and information with left-leaning bias such as this Environmental Change, and Global Health Are Two Sides of the Same Coin. This story is properly sourced to NASA, ProPublica, and Science Direct.
Editorially, they report favorably on Joe Biden and negatively on former President Trump Anti-Muslim, Anti-Refugee Rhetoric Poses a Big Threat to Our Communities. In general, they report news factually and with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Aspen Institute Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 5/23/2021)