These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Hoover Institution Right-Center biased based on economic positions that align with the conservative right, coupled with left leaning libertarian social stances. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 1919, The Hoover Institution is an American public policy think tank and research institution located at Stanford University in California. It began as a library founded in 1919 by Republican and Stanford alumnus Herbert Hoover, before he became President of the United States. Hoover is No. 18 (of 90) in the “Top Think Tanks in the United States” The current director is Thomas W. Gilligan.
Funded by / Ownership
The Hoover Institution receives nearly half of its funding from private gifts, primarily from individual contributions, and the other half from its endowment. Funders of the organization include the Taube Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Howard Charitable Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Walton Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the William E. Simon Foundation. According to the Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets) the Hoover Institution gave 94% of donations to Republican candidates during the 2016 election cycle.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Hoover Institution publishes research that almost always favors the right such as this: A Progressive Plan That Aids Loan Sharks. Although this is classified as research, a review demonstrates an opinion piece that is not strongly sourced. Most articles on this website link to other sources rather original writing from Hoover. Hoover links articles to a variety of left leaning sources such as the New York Times, San Jose Mercury News and The Atlantic. They also link to right leaning sources such as Fox News, Wall St. Journal and National Review. In general, Hoover Institution supports a free market economy, but also hold Libertarian positions when it comes to gay marriage and abortion. Although the Hoover Institution sometimes presents a skeptical view of climate change they also link to articles such as this: Doing Nothing About Climate Change The Most Expensive Option.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Hoover Institution Right-Center biased based on economic positions that align with the conservative right, coupled with left leaning libertarian social stances. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (7/14/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 5/29/2019)