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 the Lexington Institute Right-Center Biased based on editorial and policy positions that moderately favor the 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 1998, the Lexington Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank that focuses on national security, education reform, tax reform, immigration and federal policy concerning science and technology. The Lexington Institute was founded by James Courter (R-NJ), former congressional aide Merrick Carey, and former Georgetown University professor Loren Thompson. They are respectively the chairman, chief executive officer, and chief operating officer of the Institute.
Funded by / Ownership
The Lexington Institute is a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit. The Institute’s main sources of funding are corporations, other foundations, and individual donors. The website lacks transparency as they do not disclose how and who funds them. According to the Conservative Transparency Project, some notable donors include Exxon-Mobile, Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Donner Foundation.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Lexington Institute’s website provides news in the categories, Defense, Energy, Education, Logistics, and In The News. News and research are original and generally low biased such as this The U.S. Department Of Energy’s Office Of Electricity: A Discussion With Bruce Walker, Assistant Secretary. This story is properly sourced. Most stories however are summaries and links to other publications in which a Lexington Institute member was published. The most common sources they are published in is the right-leaning Forbes, InsideSources, and RealClearDefense. They are also published in the Boston Globe and Washington Post.
Editorially, they align moderately with the right, emphasizing a strong national defense, education reform, and market-driven solutions to energy and logistic needs. Although they generally support conservative policy they do not always report favorably on President Trump such as this Britain’s Trump Fails Again.
When it comes to science the Lexington Institute supports the consensus that Climate Change is human-influenced, however, they support free-market solutions rather than the government. In general, they report news factually with a right-leaning editorial and policy bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Lexington Institute Right-Center Biased based on editorial and policy positions that moderately favor the libertarian right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/14/2016) Updated (4/5/2020)