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 PolicyEd Right-Center biased based on advocating for free-market Libertarian policy. 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
Policyed.org is a website that is affiliated with the Hoover Institution, that covers US policy and promotes free-market capitalism. According to their about page “The digital media revolution has transformed the way people obtain information and form opinions. Countless partisan outlets peddle assertions and “sound bites” as indisputable facts. Few people have the knowledge and analytical skills to navigate this torrent of misinformation. They crave credible and accessible sources of facts, analysis, and information about proposed policies and the effects of those already enacted.”
Funded by / Ownership
PolicyEd is owned and published by the Hoover Institution which receives nearly half of its funding from private gifts, primarily from individual contributions, and the other half from its endowment. Funders of the organization include the Taube Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Howard Charitable Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Walton Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the William E. Simon Foundation. According to the Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets) the Hoover Institution gave 94% of donations to Republican candidates during the 2016 election cycle.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the purpose of the PolicyEd website is to educate the public on policies that they feel are detrimental to free-markets and liberty. In other words, it promotes a Libertarian perspective. The website frequently promotes the economic theories of Milton Friedman such as this MILTON FRIEDMAN EXPLAINS THE GREAT DEPRESSION. Milton Friedman was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history, and theory, and the complexity of stabilization policy. In short, Friedman supported supply-side economics, with limited governmental regulation. He frequently criticized Keynesianism and in his best-selling book Capitalism and Freedom, he advocated policies such as a volunteer military, freely floating exchange rates, abolition of medical licenses, a negative income tax, and school vouchers and opposed the war on drugs. Most of which have become tenats of the Libertarian party.
The website breaks information into the following topics Civics, Economics, Environment, Health Care, and National Security. Under the environment section, they frequently discuss climate change, however, they do believe that Climate Change is influenced by humans, but prefer more free-market approaches as solutions. In general, the news is reported factually and with a right-leaning libertarian bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate PolicyEd Right-Center biased based on advocating for free-market Libertarian policy. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 1/29/2017) Updated (1/27/2021)