was an American progressive
news website that was active from 2005 to 2019. It was a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund
(CAP Action), a progressive
public policy research and advocacy organization. Judd Legum
in 2005. The site's reports were discussed by mainstream news outlets and peer-reviewed academic journals. Its climate section, formerly known as Climate Progress
, was founded by Joe Romm
In 2019, after financial losses, CAP Action unsuccessfully sought a new publisher for the site.
In September 2019, the site closed down.
was founded in 2005 by Judd Legum
, a lawyer, who ran the site until he left in 2007. Faiz Shakir
edited the site from 2007 until 2012,
when Legum returned as editor-in-chief.
Legum left the site again in 2018.ThinkProgress
described itself as "editorially independent" of the Center for American Progress
(CAP) and CAP Action.
In its early years, ThinkProgress
included a daily newsletter that contained a recap and analysis of major political news and the blog Wonk Room
, which was published until 2011. In that year, the site was redesigned to offer sections organized by subject matter,
and other CAP Action
blogs were consolidated into the site. The site was then divided into sections covering climate, economy, health, justice, LGBT
, world, culture, sports, politics and features.
In 2017, the site's organization returned to a less segmented presentation.
In mid-2019, after the site had experienced declining revenue, traffic and donations, CAP put ThinkProgress
up for sale.
No buyer was found. A plan to make ThinkProgress
the institutional blog of the Center for American Progress was abandoned, and publication on the site ended on September 5, 2019.
reports drew comment from news outlets such as The New York Times
, The Guardian
, The Washington Post
, The Wall Street Journal
magazine and CNN
. For example, Times
reporter Ian Urbina
, in his coverage of hostility in the health care reform debate, cited a 2009 ThinkProgress
report by Lee Fang
on a Tea Party Patriots
strategy memo advocating disrupting town hall meetings of Democratic members of Congress.
After the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster
in 2010, ThinkProgress
reported on the safety record of mine owner Massey Energy
, finding over $2.2 million in fines levied by the Mine Safety and Health Administration
against Massey for more than 3,000 safety violations; Times
reporter Tom Zeller Jr.
cited the figures in the Times'
s coverage of Massey's safety record.
In 2013, ThinkProgress
posted a video of Pam Simon, a staffer for Representative Gabby Giffords
, who was shot alongside Giffords in 2011, confronting Senator Kelly Ayotte
regarding Ayotte's opposition to closing the gun show loophole
; the Times
cited the video in a report on gun control
activism among gun violence victims.
In a 2015 op-ed in the Times
, Charles M. Blow
research on gender in chief executive officer
The same year, Blow excerpted ThinkProgress
research on the effectiveness of drug screening of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
recipients in an analysis of the political rhetoric of poverty.
In 2006, The Guardian
highlighted a series of reports in ThinkProgress
that exposed inaccuracies in the ABC
television mini-series The Path to 9/11
. The network re-edited several disputed scenes.
In 2011 a report in The Guardian
by Ewen MacAskill
, Julian Borger
, Jon Boone and Nicholas Watt
on U.S. policy toward Afghanistan excerpted a ThinkProgress
interview with Senator Barney Frank
In 2016 a Guardian
investigation by Jonathan Freedland
of the basis of Donald Trump
's claims of voter fraud
in the Iowa Caucuses
excerpted a ThinkProgress
report that a two-year investigation by the Iowa Secretary of State found no voter impersonation
Similarly, a 2012 Washington Post
article cited ThinkProgress
research showing that Crossroads GPS
failed to register as a nonprofit organization in Virginia
reported an average of one school shooting
every other day in the first days of 2014; Post
columnist Dana Milbank
cited the research in a 2014 column on the lack of progress on gun control.
In 2017 Fareed Zakaria
, in a Post
opinion piece, cited a ThinkProgress
compilation of policies that candidate Trump pledged to implement on his first day as President.
In 2017 Wall Street Journal
columnist William Galston
cited a ThinkProgress
report of 52% unemployment among 16- to 64-year-olds in the Sandtown-Winchester
neighborhood of Baltimore
, twice the unemployment rate of the city as a whole.
In 2014, Time
magazine, CNN and NPR
picked up ThinkProgress
reports on Chipotle Mexican Grill
's including in their annual report a warning to investors regarding the risk of climate change
had about 100,000 visitors per day in 2006,
6 million unique visitors
and 14 million page views
in March 2014,
and 8 to 10 million unique page views per month in 2017.
In 2017, Lifewire
among the ten most popular news blogs on the Internet.
According to CAP, the site received "more than 12 million pageviews and 7.5 million unique visitors in June 2019".
In 2008, Time
magazine named Climate Progress
one of the "Top 15 Green Websites," saying that Climate Progress
"counters bad science and inane rhetoric with original analysis."
In 2009, Thomas Friedman
, in his column in The New York Times
, called Climate Progress
In 2010 Time
included Climate Progress
in a list of the 25 "Best Blogs of 2010", saying Climate Progress
was one of "the blogs we can't live without."
In 2010, UK's The Guardian
included Climate Progress
on its list of "Top 50 Twitter climate accounts to follow", saying Climate Progress
was one of "the key people and organisations you should be following on Twitter if you're interested in climate change."
In 2015 Tim Ward wrote in HuffPost
that Climate Progress
"has been the best available source of climate-change news for several years."
reports were sometimes criticized. For example, in 2010, Lee Fang wrote in ThinkProgress
that the United States Chamber of Commerce
funded political advertising campaigns from its general fund, which solicits funds from foreign sources. FactCheck.org
said that the claim that "foreign corporations are 'stealing our democracy' with secret, illegal contributions funneled through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce" had "little basis in fact. ... At least 84 foreign companies pay at least $885,000 in dues to the [Chamber of Commerce], according to ThinkProgress. Still lacking, though, is any proof that the money is being used in the chamber’s ad campaign." Eric Lichtblau
of The New York Times
said that the article "provided no evidence that the money generated overseas had been used in United States campaigns."
In 2015, Glenn Greenwald
wrote in The Intercept
that CAP officials pressured ThinkProgress
staff into placating the Israeli government and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) in their Middle East reporting, while noting that CAP had cited strategic interests for its stance: "The clear and overwhelming record of the literally hundreds of articles and policy papers from the Center for American Progress and ThinkProgress
demonstrates our longstanding support both for Israel and the two-state solution to the Middle East peace process as being in the moral and national security interests of the United States."
- ^ a b c Stein, Sam (July 1, 2019). "Center for American Progress Puts ThinkProgress Up for Sale". Daily Beast. Retrieved April 2, 2020. But the site, which is editorially independent from CAP, has struggled in recent years as advertising revenues have dried up and traffic has dipped. … [T]he site was facing a $3 million gulf between revenues and expenses in 2019, with $350,000 of it made up by a shortfall in ad revenue and nearly $180,000 of it coming from a drop in expected online contributions.
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- ^ Blow, Charles M. (April 16, 2015). "Woe of White Men, Again?". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2017. ThinkProgress, expanding on the report, explained ... 'Women hold few of the top jobs at major companies. ... Top executives are also not racially diverse. ... But even when they reach the highest rungs, women are still paid less than their peers'
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- ^ MacAskill, Ewen; Borger, Julian; Boone, Jon; Watt, Nicholas (May 4, 2011). "Front: Death of Bin Laden: Killing Sparks Calls for Early Withdrawal of Troops from Afghanistan". The Guardian. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
- ^ Freedland, Jonathan (October 17, 2016). "The Man Who Cried Rigged: The Problem with Trump's Election Claims". The Guardian. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
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