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 Pacific Research Institute Right-Center Biased based on story selection that mostly favors the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual, rather than High due to deviating from the scientific consensus regarding human-influenced climate change.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1979, The Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (PRI) is a California-based free-market think tank that promotes “the principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility” through policies that emphasize a free economy, private initiative, and limited government. The current Chairman is Clark S. Judge. According to their about page “The mission of the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) is to champion freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free-market policy solutions.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Pacific Research Institute is a is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. They are affiliated with the Cato Institute and American Enterprise Institute. The website lacks transparency, but others have claimed they are funded by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and Koch Industries. Revenue is derived through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Pacific Research Institute does not publish an opinion-based blog but does support right-leaning opinions. For example, under their Worker Freedom category, they have a story named “Pending “Buy America” Executive Order Threatens Coronavirus Response.” This story is properly sourced to CNBC, KHN, and New York Times.
When it comes to science this source has a mixed record. Some stories minimize climate change by referring to it as “Climate Alarmism” such as this article: With Trump’s Election, America Rejects Job-Killing Climate Change Agenda. PRI is very consistent in that they support free-market solutions for climate change. In general, The Pacific Research Institute reports non-scientific news factually, while promoting questions regarding the scientific consensus of human influence on climate change.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate The Pacific Research Institute Right-Center Biased based on story selection that mostly favors the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual, rather than High due to deviating from the scientific consensus regarding human-influenced climate change. (D. Van Zandt 6/16/2016) Updated (5/28/2020)
Correction: removed two failed fact checks that did not apply directly to PRI and upgraded their rating from Mixed to Mostly Factual. (5/28/2020)