These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Government Accountability Project (GAP) Left-Center Biased based on support for left leaning whistleblowers and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and for being a reliable source for IFCN Fact Checkers.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 1977, The Government Accountability Project (GAP) is a nonprofit whistleblower protection and advocacy organization in the United States. According to their about page they state “Throughout our history, Government Accountability Project has stood by the whistleblowers who put their lives and livelihoods on the line in order to serve the greater good. From the pharmaceutical industry to Wall Street, to local and international governments, Government Accountability Project has tirelessly defended and advocated on behalf of those who speak up in the face of injustice.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Government Accountability Project is a nonprofit 501c3 Organization with revenue and funding derived through donations. You can view their 2018 financial report here. According to the right leaning Influence Watch. GAP has received donations from left leaning organizations such as CS Fund, Open Society Foundations, and Rockefeller Family Fund. It has also received $200,000 over two years in 2017 from technology billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s Democracy Fund.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Government Accountability Project is an organization that investigates allegations of government corruption and whistleblower cases. They operate as an advocate for whistleblowers, of both government and corporations. For example, in 2013 they worked with whistleblower Edward Snowden, who began working with journalists to reveal widespread mass surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency. In early 2007, Government Accountability Project was responsible for exposing fraud and abuse at the highest levels of the World Bank. In May 2007, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz left the international organization in the wake of wide-ranging scandals based on multiple releases of documents over the previous two months by Government Accountability Project. In general, GAP provides Education & Partnerships, Legislative Initiatives, Litigation and Investigations.
The website also features news that generally republishes stories that feature GAP, such as this from Fox News: GOP Push to Reform FISA Gains Momentum in Wake of Horowitz Report. This story is very well sourced to credible media outlets. Editorially, GAP reports negatively on President Trump, especially as it relates to the Ukrainian Phone Call Whistlsblower: Law and Crime: GOP Rep Calling Whistleblower a Liar Was Trump’s First Choice for Job of Withholding Whistleblower Complaint. In general, news reporting is factual with a left leaning bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact, but are actually used as a source of credible information by IFCN fact checkers.
Overall, we rate the Government Accountability Project (GAP) Left-Center Biased based on support for left leaning whistleblowers and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and for being a reliable source for IFCN Fact Checkers. (D. Van Zandt 12/17/2019)