These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) as Left-Center biased due to its focus on issues that often align with left-leaning perspectives on criminal justice and social justice reform. They are High in factual reporting due to their well-researched and sourced information.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Established in 1990, The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Their primary mission is to serve as an informational resource on the death penalty for the public and media. In addition, under the section labeled ‘For Educators,’ you can find high school and college curricula and a teacher’s guide. For a comprehensive guide on navigating DPIC’s website and accessing its resources, you can visit their Welcome to DPIC’s New Website page.
Funded by / Ownership
The DPIC is a non-profit organization funded mainly through grants, donations, and other philanthropic support. They disclose major funding sources on their website and adhere to transparency guidelines. Some funders include M. Quinn Delaney and the Tides Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the Roderick MacArthur Foundation. Here is the list of staff and board of directors.
Analysis / Bias
The Death Penalty Information Center provides data and insights on capital punishment to the media, public, and stakeholders. It also publishes news stories and creates reports, press releases, and briefings. For instance, an article titled “Trump Administration Presses Forward with Death Penalty Despite Election Defeat” frames the continuation of the death penalty under the Trump administration as a controversial action “despite” electoral defeat. They use terms such as “historically unprecedented” and “lame duck.” The article includes quotes from the incoming Biden administration.
Another article, “Democratic Legislators Introduce Death Penalty Repeal Bills, Urge President Biden to Commute Federal Death Sentences,” discusses Democrats’ efforts to abolish the federal death penalty, aligning with President Biden’s position and a progressive stance.
While DPIC maintains a stated position of neutrality on the death penalty, its focus on issues like racial and economic disparities, wrongful convictions, and ethical questions related to the application of the death penalty aligns closely with left-leaning viewpoints on criminal justice and social justice reform.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) as Left-Center biased due to their focus on issues that often align with left-leaning perspectives on criminal justice and social justice reform. They are High in factual reporting due to their well-researched and sourced information. (M. Huitsing 09/13/2023)
Last Updated on September 13, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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