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 using appeal 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 Brooking Institution Left-Center biased based on donations to primarily Democratic candidates, as well as policy advocacy that slightly favors the left. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1916, The Brookings Institution is an American research group. It conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development. The mission of Brookings Institution is to “provide innovative and practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous, and cooperative international system.”
Funded by / Ownership
Brookings Institution is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded through donations. Each year they provide a transparent annual report regarding finances and funding. According to Open Secrets, Brookings has donated 96% or $824,259 to Democratic candidates and causes since 1990.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The research agenda and recommendations of Brookings’ 300+ scholars represent diverse points of view. “Research topics cover foreign policy, economics, development, governance and metropolitan policy.”
An academic analysis of Congressional records from 1993 to 2002 found that Brookings was referred to by conservative politicians almost as frequently as liberal politicians, earning a score of 53 on a 1–100 scale with 100 representing the most liberal score. Further, Brookings has been accused of having a liberal bias and a conservative bias, however, the consensus is they are centrist.
Brookings utilizes moderately loaded language in their headlines and articles such as this: Don’t ignore the national debt. It will only get worse if we don’t act now. This article is properly sourced and labeled appropriately as an Op-Ed. Brookings also publishes their research on the website: Empowering women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Their research is also deeply sourced to credible information and outlets. In general, the scope of stories and information on the Brookings website tends to slightly lean left politically.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Brooking Institution Left-Center biased based on donations to primarily Democratic candidates, as well as policy advocacy that slightly favors the left. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 5/15/2016) Updated (2/24/2019)