These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Aleteia Right-Center biased based on factual low biased reporting of news, coupled with solidly right-leaning editorial positions. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting based on the promotion of pseudoscience.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: France 34/180
Founded in 2013 by the Foundation for Evangelization through the Media, Aleteia is a Catholic news and information website. The President of the foundation is Olivier Bonnassies. According to their about page “Aleteia (aleteia.org) is an online publication distributed in eight languages (English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Polish, and Slovenian). The Aleteia site offers a Christian vision of the world by providing general and religious content that is free from ideological influences.”
In July 2015, the Média-Participations Group became Aleteia’s industrial operator. Since then, Aleteia has “developed a new editorial strategy focused primarily on information and lifestyle.”
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Funded by / Ownership
Aleteia is owned by Média-Participations Group, which is “a European media group specializing in publishing (with more than 40 publishers), the printing industry (10 magazines), audiovisual production, and websites.” The website was initially funded through private investment but now generates revenue through advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Aleteia reports news from a Catholic perspective that covers a wide variety of topics ranging from News, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Art & Travels, and more. Under the News category, they report general news, some of which is political, such as this: Missouri is latest state to enact strict abortion ban. This story is written with minimal bias as the author does not interject personal opinions, but rather sources to the Associated Press. Under the Spirituality category they have stories that would be classified as pseudoscience, such as this: Cover your children with God’s protection with this prayer from the Bible. While prayer is a fundamental concept in most religions, there isn’t evidence that prayer has any effect on outcomes and hence is considered a pseudoscience.
Politically, Aleteia leans right with opposition to gay marriage, with articles such as this: After Gay Marriage, Is Polyamory (Group Marriage) Next? On the other hand, they have a left-leaning pro-science perspective when it comes to climate change: Is climate change increasing suicide risk? In general, the political views of Aleteia are in line with the Catholic Church: Abortion Law Insanity: Killing Babies is Murder, but Killing Full-Term Fetuses is “Choice”. In total, Aleteia reports straight news with minimal bias, however, when it comes to social issues and opinions they lean strongly right upholding the values of the Catholic Church.
Overall, we rate Aleteia Right-Center biased based on factual low biased reporting of news, coupled with solidly right-leaning editorial positions. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting based on the promotion of pseudoscience. (D. Van Zandt 5/21/2019) Updated (5/31/2020)
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