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 Federalist Society Right Biased based on political support for issues that favor the right and Mixed for factual reporting based on poor sourcing and some questionable scientific views.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 1982, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, most frequently called the Federalist Society, is an organization of conservatives and libertarians seeking reform of the current American legal system in accordance with a textualist or originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. In January 2019, The Washington Post Magazine wrote that the Federalist Society had reached an “unprecedented peak of power and influence.” Of the nine members of the Supreme Court of the United States, five (Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito) are current or former members of the organization.
The mission of the Federalist Society is “It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Federalist Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Top dollar funding mostly comes from right wing groups such as the Bradley Group and the Koch Foundation. In general, most donors come from the pro-business right.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Federalist Society’s main purpose is to ensure that conservative judges are appointed. The Federalist Society is opposed to so called liberal public education, reproductive choice, labor regulations, environmental laws and is highly pro-2nd amendment. The website has a blog that covers these issues with a strong right wing bias in reporting. There is moderate use of loaded words and not all articles are sourced.
A factual search reveals the Federalist Society has not failed a fact check. However, they do not always align with the consensus of science on some issues.
Overall, we rate the Federalist Society Right Biased based on political support for issues that favor the right and Mixed for factual reporting based on poor sourcing and some questionable scientific views. (D. Van Zandt 11/9/2016) Updated (3/15/2019)