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 Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Right Biased based on editorial and policy positions that routinely favor a conservative perspective. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of transparency with funding, use of poor sources, and a failed fact check.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1978 by Antony Fisher and William J. Casey, The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research is a conservative American think tank established in New York City. The primary focus is on economics and law enforcement. Its message is communicated through books, articles, interviews, speeches, op-eds, and through the institute’s quarterly publication City Journal.
Funded by / Ownership
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit American think tank focused on domestic policy and urban affairs. Foundations which have contributed over $1 million to the Manhattan Institute include the John M. Olin Foundation, Bradley Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation, Searle Freedom Trust, Smith Richardson Foundation, William E. Simon Foundation, the Claude Lambe Foundation, the Gilder Foundation, the Curry Foundation, and the Jaquelin Hume Foundation. Revenue is derived through donations and subscription fees from City Journal.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Manhattan Institute’s website links to research topics, publications, and projects. News items provide a snippet from an external source that a member has contributed to and then provides a link to their site. Some of the sources they link to are mostly right-leaning such as The Dispatch, City journal, and the New York Post. Under the category research topics, they cover Urban Policy, Education, Energy & Environment, Health Policy, Legal Reform, Pubic Sector, Economics, and more.
Editorially, the Manhattan Institute favors free-market capitalism such as this Saving Capitalism. When it comes to science they do not outright deny human-influenced climate change, but they do not agree with government solutions: Empty Theatrics on Climate Change. Reporting on President Trump and his handling of the economy is most often favorable such as this Trumped-Up Budgets.
Failed Fact Checks
- An ad from a PAC headed by tea party Republican Sharron Angle relies on several dubious comparisons to attack the Affordable Care Act’s state-run exchange in Nevada – False
Overall, we rate the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Right Biased based on editorial and policy positions that routinely favor a conservative perspective. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of transparency with funding, use of poor sources, and a failed fact check. (D. Van Zandt 7/16/2016) Updated (4/10/2020)