Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Organization/ Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2017 by former Republican Senator Jim DeMint, the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) is a conservative nonprofit organization. According to their about page, “The Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) is dedicated to providing a platform for citizen leaders, the conservative movement, Members of Congress, congressional staff, and scholars to be connected. The organization works to provide these leaders with the tools, tactics, resources, and strategies to help them succeed in advancing conservative policy solutions.”
Jim DeMint is the current Chairman, and Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, is a Senior Partner.
Funded by / Ownership
The Conservative Partnership Institute, Inc. is an IRS-approved section 501(c)(3) public charity; however, they lack transparency as they do not openly disclose donations and funding. According to the left-leaning Sourcewatch, CPI has connections to the Council for National Policy, a Christian Right organization of funders and activists. Sourcewatch also reports it received funding from the Bradly Foundation and Donor’s Trust.
Analysis / Bias
According to a description of the organization, they state “CPI does not take positions on legislation or engage in lobbying or partisan campaign activities. All programs are established to promote conservative policies and principles and are not based on considerations of any political party.”
Although they claim not to take positions, the news reported on the website clearly takes right biased positions with news items such as this GOP senators roll for Biden nominees; border in flames. In this story, CPI sources properly with hyperlinks; however, some of the sources used are classified as questionable, such as The Federalist and a Youtube video.
Editorially, all stories favor the conservative right, with many focusing on immigration such as this Democrats respond to border crisis with more incentives. Unlike other stories reviewed, this one is reasonably sourced to credible media outlets such as the Washington Post; however, much of the sourcing comes from the factually mixed American Greatness. In general, most news is reported factually and with a strong right-leaning conservative bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) Right-Biased based on editorial and policy positions that always favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual for reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency with funding and the occasional use of poor sources. (D. Van Zandt 7/7/2021)