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 appealing 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 Transparent California Right-Center Biased based on promoting a libertarian free-market perspective. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to a lack of disclosure in their funding. The employee compensation database is accurate based on proper sourcing.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2012 by Robert Fellner, Transparent California claims to be the largest public pay and pension database for California. According to their about page “Transparent California is provided by the Nevada Policy Research Institute as a public service and is dedicated to providing accurate, comprehensive and easily searchable information on the compensation of public employees in California.”
Robert Fellner writes for the Libertarian-leaning Mises Institute, which has been labeled factually mixed due to the promotion of pseudoscience. According to his Mises profile, he has been “published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Providence Journal, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Washington Examiner, and on the Forbes and RealClearPolicy websites. He typically writes for right-leaning publications.
Funded by / Ownership
The Nevada Policy Research Institute publishes Transparent California. According to their website, “The Nevada Policy Research Institute fights for your personal right to be free from the constraints and abuses of an ever-growing crony government, by conducting fact-based research and grassroots education that holds government accountable and transparent to the very people it is designed to serve.” NPRI is an IRS 501(c) (3) organization funded through donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and family trusts. Ironically, the NPRI website and hence Transparent California lacks transparency as they do not disclose funders. The left-leaning Sourcewatch details how they are funded.
Analysis / Bias
Transparent California provides a database of salaries and pensions for state, county, and municipal employees, such as school teachers, police officers, and firefighters. The data provided is accurate as it comes directly from the government source. The database information is provided without bias.
The website also features a blog written by Robert Fellner, which usually reports on actions they are taking to request financial records such as this We’re going to the CA Supreme Court! This story is properly sourced to local media such as the Orange County Register. The blog also features opinion content that aligns with the right regarding taxation LA Times misleads on upcoming tax hike and anti-union sentiments such as this Union rules, not wildfires, behind soaring firefighter overtime pay. Transparent California provides factual data on salaries and pensions in California, with the blog promoting a libertarian point of view on taxes, unions, and regulations.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Transparent California Right-Center Biased based on promoting a libertarian free-market perspective. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to a lack of disclosure in their funding. The employee compensation database is accurate based on proper sourcing. (D. Van Zandt 5/10/2021)