These media sources are moderate to strongly biased toward conservative 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 conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Civitas Institute far-Right Biased based advocacy for policy issues that align with Christian Conservative Ideology. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of questionable sources and rejection of scientific consensus on some issues.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2005, The Civitas Institute, Inc. (Civitas) is a nonprofit conservative public policy organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Art Pope was a founding member of both Civitas Institute and Civitas Action. Art Pope is also the co-founder of the American conservative North Carolina think tank, the John Locke Foundation.
The Civitas Institute’s mission statement indicates, “The Civitas Institute fights to remove barriers to freedom so that all North Carolinians can enjoy a better life.” This part of the mission statement shows how they will do that “We do this by exposing the truth about state government the mainstream media won’t tell you; by holding elected officials accountable when they support liberal policies; and by persistently fighting to give voice to those who feel they’re not being heard.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Civitas Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Civitas Institute has a strong right-wing bias in reporting as all information presented on their website is pro-right and anti-left. They occasionally use moderately loaded words and typically utilize proper sourcing for information. However, they sometimes link to Questionable sources such as the Witherspoon Institute, which has funded false scientific studies. The Civitas Institute also does not adhere to the consensus of science on environmental issues. On the issue of Transgenderism, they are misleading scientifically. In the article, “Transgenderism Has No Basis in Science or Law,” their claim that Transgenderism has no basis in science is wrong. There are numerous studies that show both a genetic and physical link to Transgenderism. This article spells out where science is today. In general, this is a far-right advocacy group that uses poor sources and does not align with the consensus of science on some issues.
Failed Fact Checks
- Says there are thousands of registered voters over 110 years old in North Carolina, including one who is 219 years old. – False
Overall, we rate Civitas Institute far-Right Biased based advocacy for policy issues that align with Christian Conservative Ideology. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to questionable sources, rejection of scientific consensus on some issues, and a failed fact check. (M. Huitsing 8/1/2017) Updated (07/02/2022)
Last Updated on July 2, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check