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 the Center For Inquiry Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions and policy advocacy that favors liberal ideologies. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to pro-science reporting as well as a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1991, The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational organization. Its primary mission is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. According to their about page they are “dedicated to defending science and critical thinking in examining religion. CFI’s vision is a world in which evidence, science, and compassion—rather than superstition, pseudoscience, or prejudice—guide public policy.
Funded by / Ownership
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization that is funded through donations and membership fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the CFI website features its important issues as well as news reports. Under the “Our Issues” tab they publish news and information about religious freedom, the negatives of religion and pro-science information regarding health and medicine. The website also publishes position papers that often debunk pseudoscience, such as acupuncture, as well as the harm of religious fundamentalism. Another aspect of the website is its Legislation Watch page that shows proposed government legislation bills and CFI’s stance on them. For example, they support the ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL ACT (H.R. 2567), but do not support the DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACT (H.R. 354). Further, CFI frequently investigates paranormal activities and ultimately debunks them.
As a means to gauge political bias we searched the website using the following keywords and documented the tone of those articles:
- Trump – Consistently Negative
- Clinton – Neutral to Positive
- Conservative – Consistently Negative
- Liberal – Mostly Positive
- LGBTQ – Positive
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Center For Inquiry Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions and policy advocacy that favors liberal ideologies. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to pro-science reporting as well as a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/12/2016) Updated (9/13/2020)