- Overall, we rate Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) right biased and questionable based on the promotion of propaganda, conspiracies, a lack of transparency with donors, and several failed fact checks.
Questionable Reasoning: Conspiracy Theories, Propaganda, Numerous Failed Fact Checks, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2008 originally as Students for Ron Paul, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is a libertarian-conservative student activism organization headquartered in Austin, Texas. YAL establishes chapters on high school and college campuses across the United States for the purpose of “advancing liberty on campus and in American electoral politics.” They are active on around 400 campuses in the USA.
Funded by / Ownership
The Young Americans for Liberty Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit; however, their Win at the Door Operation is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. According to OpenSecrets, they only support Republican/Libertarian candidates. Donations and a store that sells conservative merchandise generate revenue. The website lacks transparency as they do not list top donors.
Analysis / Bias
The primary mission of YAL is to mobilize and train youth to promote a pro-liberty philosophy and help elect like-minded political candidates. Through the Win at the Door Operation, they select candidates that they feel are viable and support their conservative/Libertarian agenda and then fund them through their PAC. To date, they claim to have helped elect 179 candidates.
The website does not report news but serves as an informational website to promote their activism. However, they have published misinformation and false claims on social media, especially regarding Covid-19. See failed fact checks below. In general, they promote right biased information that is not always factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- “In Germany, a fence separates vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The biggest symptom of COVID is insanity” – Inaccurate
- Lockdowns and face masks do not work to control the COVID-19 pandemic – Misleading
- The president of a teachers’ union lives in this Los Angeles mansion. – Fake
- “Dems want to shut your churches down, permanently. Hope you see what is happening.” – Pants on Fire
- A study on the NIH website comes to a different conclusion than the CDC about the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. – Misleading
Overall, we rate Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) right biased and questionable based on the promotion of propaganda, conspiracies, a lack of transparency with donors, and several failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 12/11/2021) Updated (02/09/2022)
Last Updated on February 9, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check