Milken Institute – Bias and Credibility

Milken Institute - Left-Center Bias - Democrat - Liberal - Progressive - CredibleFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


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 appeals 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 Milken Institute as slightly Left-Center biased based on editorial and advocacy positions that favor a liberal perspective. We also High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic


The Milken Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank established in 1991 by Michael Milken in Santa Monica, California. This means they are exempt from paying federal income taxes and can receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. According to their about page, The Milken Institute works to improve lives worldwide by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. They publish research, host events, and convene leaders to drive meaningful change.

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Funded by / Ownership

Michael Milken, a financier, owns a majority stake in the Milken Institute. Convicted of securities fraud and served time in prison in the 1990s, he received a pardon from Former President Donald Trump, which has sparked controversy and criticism. Michael Milken is now a philanthropist, and donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations fund the Milken Institute. There are several ways to support the Milken Institute; besides donating, the Institute offers various membership levels with benefits such as exclusive access to events and publications and networking.

Analysis / Bias

The Milken Institute conducts research and advocacy on various issues, including education policy. The organization has developed several policy recommendations and initiatives related to education. The Milken Institute’s support for school choice and charter schools is based on their belief that these approaches can increase competition and improve student academic outcomes. This policy aligns with the political center-right.

The Milken Institute covers various areas of expertise, such as economic policy, health, education, and global capital markets. They produce reports, like “Advancing Tech-Enabled Health and Home Care,” that explores technology’s impact on healthcare and home care. They support their findings and recommendations with reliable sources, including references to research studies and industry reports such as

Besides creating research reports, the Milken Institute arranges events, conferences, and forums to unite professionals, policymakers, and influential people to address significant matters and work together to find solutions. These conferences are referred to by the NY Times as “see-and-be-seen gatherings” and “a networking opportunity that rivals the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”

According to right-leaning Influence Watch, the Milken Institute has been described as having a center-left political bias. It also notes that the Institute has been associated with both Republican and Democratic political figures but generally supports policies that align with the political center-left.  The article also acknowledges the Institute’s past controversies and criticisms, including its involvement in certain financial deals and transactions and the legal troubles of its founder, Michael Milken. 

Although editorially, they support the right-leaning position of school choice, on other issues, they align with the left such as concern with climate change, pro-science Covid-19 positions, and advocacy for LGBTQ equality. In general, they lean left editorial and report fact-based information.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the last five years. IFCN fact-checkers sometimes reference them.

Overall, we rate the Milken Institute as slightly Left-Center biased based on editorial and advocacy positions that favor a liberal perspective. We also High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 03/10/2023)


Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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