In 2013, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) released its annual list of top think tank based on citations of those think tanks in the media. Think Tank Watch has mentioned the list before, but we have not dedicated an individual post to it, so here are the results:
- Brookings: 2,632
- Heritage Foundation: 1,548
- American Enterprise Institute (AEI): 1,196
- Kaiser Family Foundation: 994
- Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
- Cato Institute: 773
- Center for American Progress (CAP): 756
- Urban Institute: 688
- Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS): 613
- RAND Corporation: 537
The think tank survey was conducted by sociologist Michael Dolny, who has been doing the think tank survey for FAIR since 1996.
A nice copy of the chart (as pictured above) can be found here.