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 Ron Paul Institute Right Biased and borderline questionable based on the promotion of right-leaning conspiracy theories. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a failed fact, the occasional use of poor sources, and holding positions contrary to scientific consensus.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1976, The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity is a project of the foundation, named for Congressman Ron Paul. The institute advocates for a non-interventionist foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home. The Ron Paul Institute is a project of the Libertarian Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), which also headed by former congressman Ron Paul. According to their about page “A prosperous America is profoundly linked to a foreign policy rooted in peaceful relations and trade with all. With peace, comes real prosperity.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Ron Paul Institute is a part of the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education and is funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Ron Paul Institute reports news from a Libertarian perspective that frequently utilizes loaded emotional wording such as this: Incredible Disappearing Coronavirus – The Narrative Has Failed. Although they often rail against socialism they also frequently report negatively on Neo-Conservatives such as this: The Media Has Conveniently Forgotten George W. Bush’s Many Atrocities. This story is sourced to the factually Mixed Mises Institute.
Editorially, the Ron Paul Institute advocates for libertarian policy such as free-market capitalism, limited military intervention, marijuana legalization, return to the gold standard, and deregulation. When it comes to science they often deviate from the consensus regarding human-influenced climate change Can the Fed Save Us from Climate Change?. Further, they occasionally publish unsubstantiated conspiracy claims such as the Syria chemical attack being a false flag operation as well as promoting the Coronavirus as a hoax (See below). In general, the Ron Paul Institute reports news with a strong libertarian bias that is not always factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- Says Anthony Fauci’s statement that the coronavirus death rate is 10 times that of the seasonal flu is “a claim without any scientific basis.” – False
Overall, we rate the Ron Paul Institute Right Biased and borderline questionable based on the promotion of right-leaning conspiracy theories. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a failed fact check, the occasional use of poor sources, and holding positions contrary to scientific consensus. (D. Van Zandt 5/3/2017) Updated (6/5/2020)