These media sources are moderately 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 the Claremont Institute strongly Right Based based on political positions favored by paleo-conservatives. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to questionable articles regarding race, immigration and the promotion of white nationalism.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The Claremont Institute is an American conservative think tank based in Upland, California. The institute was founded in 1979 by four students of Harry V. Jaffa. According to their about page they are a “think tank that teaches, writes, and litigates. Since our founding in 1979, our strategy has been to teach the principles of the American Founding to the future thinkers and statesmen of America. Those principles include the foundational doctrines of natural rights and natural law found in the Declaration of Independence; the ingenious political science of the Constitution; and the popular constitutionalism or reverence necessary for the maintenance of free government.” The current President is Ryan Williams.
Funded by / Ownership
The Claremont Institute is a nonprofit that according to their 2016-2017 report, receives funding from individuals, 68% and foundations, 16%. Previous funding has come from the Bradley Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation and The Carthage Foundation.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Claremont Institute releases a quarterly review of books that are primarily written by conservatives or have a conservative view of history. The institute also seeks to influence politics through educating conservative influencers, publishing the Claremont Review of Books, and filing legal briefs and engaging in litigation.
The Claremont Institute was an early supporter of Donald Trump, which created controversy, as President Trump does not reflect the constitutional values that Claremont claims to uphold. Further, they have been criticized for advancing White Nationalism. An essay written by President Ryan Williams is titled Defend America—Defeat Multiculturalism. A quote from the essay reads “If we do not reverse multiculturalism’s advance, it will continue to undermine our country and constitutionalism, destroying the possibility of the common good and a life of civic peace. Indeed, multiculturalism threatens to take down western civilization as a whole.” The essay goes on to claim that multiculturalists seek to erase and replace America. This statement alludes to Replacement Theory, which is a white nationalist right-wing conspiracy theory, that believes European Whites will be replaced by other ethnic groups. This article’s title is also a tagline for an event they were advertising, which resulted in Google banning the ad for offering “racially or ethnically oriented publications.”
The Claremont Institute has negative views on immigration, with some believing they are shaping President Trump’s policy, especially as it relates to ending Birthright Citizenship. In general, the Claremont Institute holds paleo-conservative views, with loose connections to the Alt-Right.
Overall, we rate the Claremont Institute strongly Right Based based on political positions favored by paleo-conservatives. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to questionable articles regarding race, immigration and the promotion of white nationalism. (D. Van Zandt 8/25/2019) Updated (9/1/2020)