Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in March 2021, The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit policy think tank. AFPI is currently headquartered in Arlington, Virginia; however, according to Axios, they plan to move to Washington DC. The staff consists of Ex-Trump aides. For example, the board chair is a former professional wrestling executive who led former President Trump’s Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon. The vice-chair is a former economic adviser to Trump, Larry Kudlow. Brooke Rollins is the President and CEO of AFPI. The team includes 35 members, including former energy secretary Rick Perry and many other former Trump administration employees. According to the Axios article, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are informal advisers for the group. See the list of team members here.
Funded by / Ownership
The group has a $20 million first-year budget. However, according to Fox News, “AFPI didn’t disclose where the $20 million funding had come from but attributed the success of early donations to its leadership.” The site lacks transparency as they do not disclose funding or donors.
Analysis / Bias
The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) publishes policy focuses under the sections titled “Jobs First, Opportunity First, Security First, Freedom First, Innovation First.” The policy focuses sections are headed by ex trump aides or staff. For example, Rick Perry is responsible for the Center for Energy Independence under the priority “Ïnnovation First.”
Many of the stories are republished from media outlets under the section titled “Latest,” such as Fox News, National Review, Newsmax (Questionable), and The Hill. In general, they publish blog posts or op-eds under a section called “Latest,” and most op-ed’s are published with emotionally loaded headlines such as: “Unemployment benefits and inflation contribute to the growing worker shortage,” and “CHSI Blog Post: The Biden Administration Expands the (Illegal) Central American Minors Program.” Both articles are properly sourced through hyperlinking to mostly credible sources such as state.gov, uscis.gov, committeetounleashprosperity.com,dol.gov, FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Database), CNBC, and Fox Business.
Editorially, most articles strongly favor the right and Former President Trump while being critical of the Biden Administration, such as “The America First Policy Institute Applauds Lawsuit to Hold Big Tech Accountable.” In this statement, Brooke L.Rollins, President and CEO of AFPI, support Donald Trump for filing a class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) Right Biased based on political affiliation with Donald Trump. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a complete lack of transparency and the use of poor sources who have failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 7/7/2021)