- Overall, we rate the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Left-Center Biased based on story selection that favors science and the political left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1968, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (or Wilson Center), located in Washington, D.C., is a United States Presidential Memorial that was established as part of the Smithsonian Institution by an act of Congress. It is also a highly recognized think tank, ranked among the top ten in the world.
In 2019, the Wilson Center was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania‘s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program as the 11th best think tank in the world, the number five think tank in the U.S., and the world’s top think tank for regional studies and institutional collaboration.
Funded by / Ownership
The Center is a public-private partnership. Approximately one-third of the Center’s operating funds come annually from an appropriation from the U.S. government, and the Center itself is housed in a wing of the Ronald Reagan Building, a federal office building where the Center enjoys a 30-year rent-free lease. The remainder of the Center’s funding comes from foundations, grants and contracts, corporations, individuals, endowment income, and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars generally advocates for left-leaning positions such as concern for climate change as seen here: Climate Change: Is Urgency for Action Growing? The organization also appeals to left-leaning positions such as human rights and conservation of resources. They also favor pro-immigration measures that are evidence-based. In general, this is a left-center, evidence-based source.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Left-Center Biased based on story selection that favors science and the political left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/10/2016) Updated (2/22/2020)