These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Capital Research Right-Center Biased based on editorial bias that always favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to rejecting the consensus of science on climate change as well as the use of Questionable sources for support of claims.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Capital Research Center (CRC) is a non-profit, right wing “think tank” organization located in Washington, D.C. Capital Research Center was founded in 1984 by Willa Johnson. Prior to founding CRC, Johnson had been Senior Vice President of the Heritage Foundation, which is a conservative think tank with a mixed record reporting facts. According to their about page “Today, we study unions, environmentalist groups, and a wide variety of nonprofit and activist organizations. We also keep an eye on crony capitalists who seek to profit by taking advantage of government regulations and by getting their hands on taxpayers’ money.”
Funded by / Ownership
Capital Research is a nonprofit organization that is funded through donations. The website lacks transparency as they do not list funding or donors. According to the left leaning Sourcewatch they have received donations from the right leaning Koch’s, the Scaifes, the Bradleys and ExxonMobil.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Capital Research Center uses minimal loaded words and typically sources to credible information. The one area where CRC reports questionable information is on the topic of climate change where they reject the consensus of experts in the field. For example this, A Cult of Climate Change? This story is poorly sourced to the Questionable Daily Mail, CARM.org and the Daily Caller. Outside of a rejection of the consensus of science regarding climate change (see funding), they are mostly factual in other areas as long as it supports free market economics.
Editorially, Capital Research generally favors Trump and rejects anything that is not pro-capitalism.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Capital Research Right-Center Biased based on editorial bias that always favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to rejecting the consensus of science on climate change as well as the use of Questionable sources for support of claims. (M. Huitsing 8/28/2017) Updated (2/12/2020)