Last updated on August 28th, 2020 at 03:15 pm
These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate The American Mind Right Biased based on story selection and editorially positions that align with the political right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due instances of poor sourcing and lightly promoting a conspiracy theory regarding the deep state and replacement theory.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2018, The American Mind is an online conservative publication from the Claremont Institute. Although The American Mind does not state a mission, the publisher, Claremont Institute states: “The mission is to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life.” The current editor is Matt Peterson.
Funded by / Analysis
The American Mind is published by The Claremont Institute, which is a nonprofit that according to their 2016-2017 report, receives funding from individuals, 68% and foundations, 16%. Previous funding has come from the right-leaning Bradley Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation, and The Carthage Foundation. The website generates revenue through donations to the Claremont Institute.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The American Mind produces news and commentary from a conservative perspective. The website breaks the content down into three categories: Features, Essays, and Discourses, with essays being long-form. Story selection almost always favors the right and uses moderate loaded language such as this: The Nation Is Not a Sin. This story is sourced to Commonweal Magazine and the factually mixed First Things.
Editorially, The American Mind frequently reports on immigration and holds a pro-Trump, right-wing approach: Citizenship, Immigration, and the Nation-State. This story lightly suggests the conspiracy that a deep state exists with this quote: “The frenzy that has been generated by the progressive-liberal press, Hollywood radicals, progressive politicians (both Democrat and Republican), the minions of the deep state, and academics and law professors has been unprecedented.” Further, they routinely report favorably on the Trump administration and their policies.
In an essay written by President Ryan Williams titled Defend America—Defeat Multiculturalism there are hints of a white nationalist perspective. For example, a quote from the essay reads “If we do not reverse multiculturalism’s advance, it will continue to undermine our country and constitutionalism, destroying the possibility of common good and a life of civic peace. Indeed, multiculturalism threatens to take down western civilization as a whole.” The essay goes on to claim that “multiculturalists seek to erase and replace America.” This statement alludes to Replacement Theory, which is a white nationalist right-wing conspiracy theory, that believes European Whites will be replaced by other ethnic groups.
Lastly, the Claremont Institute recently had an advertisement banned by Google for offering “racially or ethnically oriented publications.”
In general, the stories produced by The American Mind are very well written and usually reasonably sourced, however, we did find instances of stories that lacked hyperlinked sourcing or simply led to a Youtube video. Story selection favors a neo-conservative positions.
Overall, we rate The American Mind Right Biased based on story selection and editorially positions that align with the political right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due instances of poor sourcing and lightly promoting a conspiracy theory regarding the deep state and replacement theory. (D. Van Zandt 9/7/2019)