Brennan Center for Justice


Brennan Center for Justice - Left Center Bias - Liberal - Democrat - CredibleFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


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  • Overall, we rate Brennan Center Left-Center biased based on political affiliation and story selection, as well as High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180


Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonprofit law and policy institute that focuses on improving U.S systems of democracy and justice. Brennan Center for Justice was founded in 1995 by the family and former Supreme Court law clerks of Justice William J. Brennan, who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1956 to 1990. Justice Brennan was nominated by President Eisenhower and was known for his progressive views, including opposition to the death penalty and support for abortion rights.

The Brennan Center is headquartered in New York and the board is co-chaired by Robert A. Atkins and Patricia Bauman. Michael Waldman, a former speechwriter/assistant to President Bill Clinton is the president of the Brennan Center for Justice.

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Funded by / Ownership

Carnegie Corporation reports that initially they donated a $25,000 grant, followed up by increasingly larger amounts over the years that brought the total Carnegie Corporation
investment to $3,650,000. According to The Center for Public Integrity George Soros’ “Open Society Foundation has given nearly $6 million to Brennan Center since 2002.”

The Brennan Center for Justice’s latest financial report details and charitable solicitation disclosure information can be found at this linkCharity watchdog, Charity Navigator rates Brennan Center for Justice on Accountability & Transparency 90/100 or 3 out of 4 stars, overall.

Analysis / Bias

According to their about page, Brennan Center for Justice operates as ”part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub.” Their main focus are issues such as voting rights and elections, campaign finance reform, money in politics, government and court reform, justice for all, liberty and national security.

In review, Brennan Center for Justice excerpts and cross-posts articles from credible sources such as the New York Times. They also publish research and analysis related to their main focus issues such as voting rights: “How Purges Threaten to Disenfranchise Voters Under the Radar” and money in politics such as “Money Is Not Destiny”. Story and analysis selection moderately favors the left based on the issues covered. Generally, information is sourced to factually high left-leaning sources such as The New York TimesHuffington Post , Daily Beast, and Open Secrets.  

Failed Fact Checks

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Overall, we rate Brennan Center Left-Center biased based on political affiliation and story selection, as well as High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing. (M. Huitsing 7/23/2018) Updated (01/25/2021)


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