Witherspoon Institute

Witherspoon Institute - Right Bias - Fake News - Hate Group - Conservative - Questionable - Not CredibleFactual Reporting: Low - Not Credible - Not Reliable - Fake News - Bias


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  • Overall, we rate the Witherspoon Institute Right Biased and Questionable based on promoting right-wing propaganda and extreme right-wing bias.

Detailed Report

Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY


The Witherspoon Institute is a conservative think tank in Princeton, New Jersey. The Witherspoon Institute opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and deals with embryonic stem cell research, constitutional law, and globalization.

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Funded by / Ownership

The Witherspoon Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is funded through donations. The website lacks transparency as they do not disclose donors.

Analysis / Bias

In 2013, the Witherspoon Institute funded a study on LGBTQ families immediately called a “disgrace” by the scientific community. Being opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage does not make a source Questionable, however, promoting a discredited scientific study to support your position absolutely earns a Questionable source rating.

Editorially, all stories favor the right such as this Not a National Family: Critical Race Theory, Civic Education, and the Ties That Bind and this Common Sense Conservatism: An Interview with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. They also promote anti-scientific religious information that is not rooted in evidence, such as this Moral Repugnance, Abortion, and COVID Vaccines: A Dialogue. In general, this is a pro-Christian group that supports pro-Christian ideas. While this may not always align with the science we do, we rate them questionable.

Failed Fact Checks

  • Third-party fact-checkers have not fact-checked them.

Overall, we rate the Witherspoon Institute Right Biased and Questionable based on promoting right-wing propaganda and extreme right-wing bias. (D. Van Zandt 8/22/2017)

Source: https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/

Last Updated on September 3, 2021 by Media Bias Fact Check

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