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 Hudson Institute Right Biased based on editorial and policy positions that favor the conservative/libertarian right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1961, The Hudson Institute is an American conservative non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by futurist, military strategist, and systems theorist Herman Kahn and his colleagues at the RAND Corporation. The current President is Kenneth R. Weinstein. The tagline for the Hudson Institute is “Promoting American leadership and global engagement for a secure, free, and prosperous bright future.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Hudson Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded through donations. The website discloses financial information here. Some previous and current donors are Koch Family Foundations (David H. Koch Foundation), Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Scaife Foundations (Scaife Family, Sarah Mellon Scaife, Carthage), and Walton Family Foundation. According to OpenSecrets they donate almost exclusively to Republican candidates and causes.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Hudson Institute’s website publishes news and research from a conservative/libertarian perspective. Under the research category, they publish articles with minimally loaded language such as this: Coronavirus and the Chinese Economy: Watching for Signs of a Further Slowdown. This research piece is properly sourced to such publications as the Wall Street Journal. The website also features a section where they provide links to other sources where Hudson Institute members/staff are mentioned.
When it comes to scientific issues such as climate change the Hudson Institute supports the consensus of science that climate is influenced by human activity, however, they disagree with Government regulation in favor of free-market solutions: An American Way to Tackle Climate Change and Battle Global Warming.
Editorially, they have an unfavorable view of Democratic policy, while generally supporting the Trump administration: Trumpism, Nationalism, and Conservatism. In general, research and reporting are factual with a strong right-leaning conservative bias.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate the Hudson Institute Right Biased based on editorial and policy positions that favor the conservative/libertarian right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/19/2016) Updated (3/28/2020)