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 FreedomWorks Right Biased based on the promotion conservative/libertarian policy. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to misleading reporting on climate change that does not align with the consensus of science as well as a failed fact check.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2004, FreedomWorks is a conservative and libertarian advocacy group based in Washington D.C., United States. FreedomWorks trains volunteers, assists in campaigns, and encourages them to mobilize, interacting with both fellow citizens and their political representatives. FreedomWorks originated from a conservative political group founded by the brothers David H. Koch and Charles Koch, and called Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE). The current President is Adam Brandon.
Funded by / Ownership
FreedomWorks is funded through donations. They lack transparency as they do not disclose funding on the website. FreedomWorks has been funded by the oil industry as well as Philip Morris and foundations controlled by the Scaife family, according to tax filings and other records. According to OpenSecrets they exclusively support Republican candidates.
Analysis / Bias
In review, FreedomWorks primarily serves as a lobbying activist group for conservative/libertarian causes. FreedomWorks has the following mottos: GOVERNMENT FAILS. FREEDOM WORKS and “Lower Taxes. Less Government. More Freedom.” The website has categories that describe the issues they support such as Term Limits, Budget & Spending and Healthcare Reform. The website also features a blog that consistently favors the right with stories such as this: Beware Coronavirus Cronyism and this, Aren’t Democrats Supposed to Hate Monopolies? When it comes to politics FW does not always agree with President Trump, however their disdain for Socialism often creates a situation where they praise Trump, even though he is not a true advocate of the Free Market: FreedomWorks Statement in Response to President Trump’s Third State of the Union Address. Scientifically, FW does not align with the consensus of science regarding climate change where they frequently call scientists, alarmists. In general, FreedomWorks reports news Mixed factually with a strong right wing bias in story selection and wording.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate FreedomWorks Right Biased based on the promotion conservative/libertarian policy. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to misleading reporting on climate change that does not align with the consensus of science as well as a failed fact check. (D. Van Zandt 6/19/2016) Updated (3/27/2020)