Last updated on October 22nd, 2021 at 07:18 pm
Niskanen Center is a libertarian “think tank” based in Washington, D.C., advocating for environmentalism, immigration reform, civil liberties, and a national defense policy based on libertarian principles. Niskanen Center was founded in 2014. Jerry Taylor (former vice president of the Cato Institute), environmental activist and policy analyst, is the founder and President of the Niskanen Center. According to an Intercept Interview and Yale.edu, Jerry Taylor used to be global warming skeptic but has now changed his position to become a climate activist.
Funded by / Ownership
The Niskanen Center is a nonprofit think-tank that is funded through donations and grants. One notable donor is the Hewlett Foundation.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Niskanen Center publishes articles that are very well sourced to scientific journals. However, they also occasionally use loaded words in their headlines: “FIRE, FURY, AND FOOLISH STATEMENTS ON NORTH KOREA” and use sources from left and right, respectively. They sometimes use factually mixed sources such as CNN and Fox News to make their points. Niskanen Center also publishes Op-Ed articles with thoroughly researched analysis: “WHAT DRIVES OPPOSITION TO IMMIGRATION? IN-GROUP FAVORITISM, OUT-GROUP HOSTILITY, AND DONALD TRUMP,” which utilizes sources such as Berkeley.edu and Stanford.edu. Niskanen Center also publishes well-researched articles covering both sides of an issue to give a properly balanced perspective.
They mostly favor left-leaning activism such as a carbon tax, pro-climate change measures, and universal healthcare from an editorial perspective. For this reason, we rate them left-center biased and High factual.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Niskanen Center Left-Center biased based on hold left-leaning libertarian advocacy positions. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 10/3/2017) Updated (10/22/2021)