These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased sources.
- Overall, we rate the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorial bias. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to exceptional sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Established over 50 years ago, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a Washington DC-based think tank, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world. The think tank is known for inviting well-known foreign policy and public service officials from the U.S. Congress and the executive branch including those affiliated with either the Democratic or the Republican Party as well as foreign officials of varying political backgrounds. It has been labeled a “centrist” think tank by U.S. News & World Report.
Funded by / Ownership
CSIS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through donations. The website discloses donors who have given over $5000. Some notable donors are Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Charles Koch Foundation.
Analysis / Bias
In review, CSIS regularly publishes books, reports, newsletters, and commentaries targeted at decision-makers in policy, government, business, and academia. Their flagship publication is the Washington Quarterly. CSIS publishes in-depth reports that are factual and low biased such as this Civil Society in the North Caucasus. They also publish well-sourced opinion commentary that is factual and minimally biased as well: Hope for the Climate. Finally, the website offers several blogs covering different topics that are less formal than their research and again minimally biased in the presentation. In general, this is a highly factual low biased source of information.
A factual search reveals they have never failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorial bias. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to exceptional sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 6/6/2016) Updated (1/25/2020)