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 Public Integrity (CPI) Left-Center Biased based on story selection and advocacy that favors mostly liberal positions. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1989, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) is one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations with a mission “to serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.” With over 50 staff members, the CPI is one of the largest nonprofit investigative centers in America. The Center releases its reports via its website to media outlets throughout the U.S. and around the globe. They won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.
Funded by / Ownership
The Center for Public Integrity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded through donations and grants from foundations such as the Carnegie Corporation, Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation and the Knight Foundation. CPI discloses their largest donors here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Center for Public Integrity publishes in-depth journalistic research into corruption involving social and political issues. Topics tend to lean left with a focus on campaign finance, support for immigration and workers’ rights. The website reports news with moderate to minimally loaded language such as this: A PATCHWORK OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS DON’T PROTECT LGBTQ WORKERS. This story is appropriately sourced to Supreme Court documents and Politico. When it comes to reporting on the current administration, they have a negative tone regarding the Trump administration as evidenced by this: NUMBER OF ICE DETAINEES WITH NO CRIMINAL RECORD RISES SHARPLY, DEFYING TRUMP RHETORIC. This story is also perfectly sourced.
Editorially, the CPI favors liberal policies and denigrates the conservative agenda. For example, the left-leaning Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting has described CPI as “progressive”, as has the LA Times who have described them as “Liberal”.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) Left-Center Biased based on story selection and advocacy that favors mostly liberal positions. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/6/2016) Updated (10/18/2019)