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- Overall, we rate the Discovery Institute a strong Pseudoscience organization based on the rejection of the scientific consensus on evolution.
Factual Reporting: LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1990, The Discovery Institute is a non-profit Christian public policy think tank based in Seattle, Washington, best known for its advocacy of the pseudoscientific principle of intelligent design. The current President is Steven J. Buri.
Funded by / Ownership
The Discovery Institute is 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is primarily funded through donations. They also publish the website Evolution News.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website publishes information on intelligent design, conservative economics, and many other Christian perspectives. News articles focus on those that are opposed to Darwin’s theory of evolution and often link to other sources they own such as Evolutionary Enigmas, Tiny Tardigrades Strut Their Superpowers. Discovery Institute also publishes news from a right-leaning economic perspective such as this: Discovery Fellow Christopher Rufo with Tucker Carlson on the West Coast Shoplifting Boom.
A factual search reveals they have not been fact-checked.
Overall, we rate the Discovery Institute a strong Pseudoscience organization based on the rejection of the scientific consensus on evolution. (D. Van Zandt 7/19/2016) Updated (9/11/2019)