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- Overall, we rate Skeptical Inquirer a pro-science source based on well-sourced information from peer-reviewed medical and science journals.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1976, Skeptical Inquirer is a bimonthly American magazine published by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) with the subtitle: The Magazine for Science and Reason. According to their about page they “promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.” The current editor-in-chief is Kendrick Frazier.
Funded by / Ownership
Skeptical Inquirer is owned by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and the Center for Inquiry. Revenue is derived through subscription fees, donations, and a store that sells back issues of the magazine.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the magazine, and website covers topics such as debunking the paranormal as well as other pseudosciences. For example, they debunk the Autism-vaccine link here: The Scientific Frauds Underlying The False MMR Vaccine–Autism Link. This article is very well sourced from numerous credible medical journals including BMJ. Other topics debunked are Climate Change Denialism and the Dangers of GMOs. In general, this is a pro-science source that primarily debunks pseudoscience and even conspiracy theories.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Skeptical Inquirer a pro-science source based on well-sourced information from peer-reviewed medical and science journals. (D. Van Zandt 12/2/2017) Updated (11/20/2020)