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Daily Source Bias Check: Beliefnet

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Beliefnet - Right BiasRIGHT BIAS

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.

Factual Reporting: MIXED

Notes: Founded in 1999, Beliefnet is a lifestyle website providing feature editorial content around the topics of inspiration, spirituality, health, wellness, love and family, news and entertainment. Beliefnet is independent and not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement.

Before I begin this review I want to state that this was challenging to do. Beliefnet could easily fit into our conspiracy/pseudoscience category based on many articles in support of creationism and even angels. However, Beliefnet also has very credible content that is well sourced and minimally biased. Another aspect of this site is they cover all the major world religions, though there certainly is far more information regarding Christianity.

In review, Beliefnet typically uses minimal to moderate loaded language in their articles such as: Obama Admits He Is A Muslim – In His Own Words! – Video. They also usually source properly, however, we found examples where they sourced to questionable sources such as Lew Rockwell, which has an extreme right wing bias and has failed fact checks. A factual search also reveals that Beliefnet has failed a few fact checks as well. Politically, Beliefnet’s story selection favors the right, with numerous articles in favor of President Trump and right wing ideology. Beliefnet serves the purpose of providing religious news across different religions, but we rate them Right biased based on favoring Christianity and right wing ideology. Further, we rate them Mixed factually due to promotion of pseudoscience, failed fact checks and occasional use of poor sources. (D. Van Zandt 3/24/2018)

Source: http://www.beliefnet.com

How do you rate: Beliefnet

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