These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal 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 liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate CAP Left Biased based on story selection that always favors the Democratic party and Mostly Factual in reporting due to one failed fact check by an IFCN fact-checker, but otherwise proper sourcing of information.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2003, The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization founded by John Podesta who was Chairman of the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign. According to their about page “The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.” Of note, the liberal and factually mixed website Think Progress was funded by the Center for American Progress.
Funded by / Ownership
The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a nonprofit that is funded by many large donors including the Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Almost all revenue is derived from donations and grants.
Analysis / Bias
In review, CAP’s reporting typically favors establishment progressive issues which result in a liberal bias with report selection. There is often use of moderate loaded language in headlines and articles such as this: America Can Do Big Things: A Budget Plan for a Better Future. This story is appropriately sourced to the CBO as well as right-leaning sources such as Forbes. In general, all stories favor the left and denigrate the right. A thorough review of content for the last 2 years demonstrates appropriate sourcing of information and mostly factual content.
Failed Fact Check
- Some immigration advocacy groups have claimed in recent days that more than 10,000 “Dreamers” have lost legal protections since the White House rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. – FALSE
Overall, we rate CAP Left Biased based on story selection that always favors the Democratic party and Mostly Factual in reporting due to one failed fact check by an IFCN fact-checker, but otherwise proper sourcing of information. (5/13/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 7/24/2019)