- Overall, we rate U.S. Right To Know (USRTK) as a moderate Pseudoscience website based on its association with individuals and groups who have promoted anti-science positions as it relates to GMOs and vaccines.
Bias Rating: PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: MIXED
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2014, U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) is a nonprofit public health research group that focuses on exposing corporate wrongdoing and government failures that may threaten public health. The website features articles, reports, and investigations into various topics such as food safety, pesticides, and corporate influence on public policy. They are based in Oakland, California.
Funded by / Ownership
U.S. Right to Know is a nonprofit organization. Revenue is presumably generated through donations and grants. The organization is primarily funded by the Organic Consumers Association, which has contributed over $1 million to the group as of 2021. Other major donors include the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Dr. Bronner’s Family Foundation, and the Westreich Foundation, all of which are known for supporting fringe activist causes such as alternative medicine and anti-vaccine movements.
Analysis / Bias
The U.S. Right To Know (USRTK) organization aims to expose perceived unethical practices in the food and agriculture sectors. It engages in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests targeting scientists and academics and publishes critical profiles of various trade and advocacy groups. USRTK has faced criticism for its tactics, which some view as harassment and intimidation of scientists. The group’s primary funder is the Organic Consumers Association, which is aligned with Joseph Mercola, known for promoting pseudoscience and anti-vaccine views. Critics argue that USRTK is part of a network of ‘science rejectionists’ and question the legitimacy of its campaigns.
In general, the USRTK presents information with a veneer of credibility but has associations with anti-vaccination activists such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Joseph Mercola, and the Organic Consumers Association, which funds them. While there are no failed fact checks, they associate with individuals and groups who promote anti-scientific views and hence, routinely promote misinformation.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years. However, the funders and activists they support routinely fail fact-checks and promote misinformation.
Overall, we rate U.S. Right To Know (USRTK) as a moderate Pseudoscience website based on its association with individuals and groups who have promoted anti-science positions as it relates to GMOs and vaccines. (D. Van Zandt 11/02/2023)
Last Updated on November 13, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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