Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1989 by Jacob Hornberger, the Future of Freedom Foundation is a nonprofit libertarian foundation based in Fairfax, Virginia. The FFF promotes libertarian philosophy by “providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and a limited government.” Jacob Hornberger was a Libertarian candidate for president in 2000 and 2020.
Funded by / Ownership
The Future of Freedom Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization primarily funded through donations. The website lacks transparency as they do not disclose donors. An online store that sells books also generates revenue for the organization.
Analysis / Bias
The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) publishes books, a monthly journal, and op-eds published in numerous newspapers and on the website. Articles and headlines often do not contain loaded emotional language; however, they do reflect a conservative/libertarian perspective such as this My Case against Minimum-Wage Laws. While this article is well written and presents facts, it does not link to the sources of information it is presenting.
Editorially, the FFF holds biases in favor of free-market and Austrian Economics; however, they also hold the more left-leaning libertarian position on drug legalization Libertarians and the Drug War. When reporting on climate change, they often link directly to other sources and authors who do not support science consensus. For example, this article Is the Man-Made Climate Change Debate Really Over?, links directly to the Climate Change Dispatch, which MBFC rates as a quackery level pseudoscience website based on a complete rejection of the consensus of science regarding human-influenced climate change.
During 2020, they linked to questionable sources such as the Ron Paul Institute, promoting anti-mask propaganda such as this When Fascism Comes, It Will Be Wearing a Mask. In general, they promote free-market libertarianism and utilize poor sources or techniques that do not align with the consensus of science on some issues.
Failed Fact Checks
- None Found
Overall, we rate the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) right biased based on editorial positions aligned with a conservative-libertarian perspective. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing, lack of transparency, and articles that do not support the scientific consensus. (D. Van Zandt 6/27/2021)