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- Overall, we rate the Center for Security and Policy (CSP) Questionable source based on far-right neoconservative viewpoints, promotion of conspiracies related to Islam, and third-party claims of hate group connections.
Reasoning: Conspiracy, Anti-Islam, Third Party Hate Group Designations
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1988, The Center for Security Policy (CSP) is a Washington, D.C.-based national security think tank that has been widely accused of engaging in conspiracy theorizing by a range of individuals, media outlets, and organizations. Its activities are focused on exposing and researching perceived jihadist threats to the United States. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described it as “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Center for Security Policy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization funded through donations. According to Wikipedia, “In 2013, CSP received donations from Boeing ($25,000); General Dynamics ($15,000); Lockheed Martin ($15,000); Northrup Grumman ($5,000); Raytheon ($20,000); and General Electric ($5,000). The group has also received $1.4 million from the Bradley Foundation.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The CSP publishes news related to USA security, focusing on the dangers of Islam. News headlines are somewhat sensationalized and often demonize Islam, such as this: Gaffney: Christian persecution taking place around the world is “simply unimaginable.” This story was published on the Questionable Breitbart News.
Editorially, CSP favors former President Trump, such as this: The Anti-Trump Conspiracy Probe Goes Criminal, and denigrates the left: AOC’s Weak Attempt to Paint Trump’s Criticism of Rep. Schiff as “Anti-Semitic.” This last story is properly sourced.
Media Bias Fact Check does not determine if a source is a hate group or not, but we do provide third-party observations, which you can find below.
- Frank Gaffney Jr. and the Center for Security Policy
- Trump’s Acting National Security Adviser Once Tied to Group Known for Anti-Muslim Stance
- Another anti-Muslim group wants to hold event at Trump’s Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago
- CAIR ‘Appalled’ by Appointment of Trump’s New Acting National Security Adviser Who Served on Board of Anti-Muslim Hate Group
- Anti-Muslim hate groups
In general, CSP favors a neoconservative policy that is hawkish toward Islam.
Failed Fact Checks
- Says 25 percent of U.S. Muslims “agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad.” – MOSTLY FALSE
Overall, we rate the Center for Security and Policy (CSP) Questionable source based on far-right neoconservative viewpoints, promotion of conspiracies related to Islam, and third-party claims of hate group connections. (11/19/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 06/01/2022)
Last Updated on June 1, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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