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 Government Accountability Institute (GAI) Right Biased based on story selection and Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and a failed fact check.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) is a conservative nonprofit investigative research organization located in Tallahassee, Florida. GAI was co-founded in 2012 by conservative political strategist and former Executive Chairman of Breitbart, Steve Bannon. Its president is Peter Schweizer, author of a number of books including Clinton Cash, published in 2015. Clinton Cash contains some false claims according to fact-checkers.
Funded by / Ownership
The Government Accountability Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization. Revenue is derived through donations. GAI has also received 1.7 million in funding from conservative donor Robert Mercer.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Government Accountability Institute primarily focuses on crony capitalism and anti-left investigations. For example, this investigation looks at Clinton and her connections to Russia: FROM RUSSIA WITH MONEY Hillary Clinton, the Russian Reset, and Cronyism. The investigation is very well-sourced, however, some of the information comes from the Clinton Cash book that is known to be factually mixed. GAI also has a feature they call the Newsroom, which curates news from a wide variety of sources such as Fox News and the Daily Mail, both of which we rate as mixed for factual reporting due to failed fact checks. In general, story selection favors the right and sometimes is derived from poor sources that have failed fact checks.
Failed Fact Checks
“Red Alert: Major Signs of Voter Fraud Uncovered In Ohio.” – Mostly False
Overall, we rate the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) Right Biased based on story selection and Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and a failed fact check. (8/1/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 6/18/2020)