Founded in 1999, Beliefnet is a lifestyle website providing feature editorial content around inspiration, spirituality, health, wellness, love and family, news, and entertainment. Beliefnet is independent and not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement.
Funded by / Ownership
BN Media Associates owns and publishes Beliefnet. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Before I begin this review, I want to state that this was challenging. Beliefnet could easily fit into our conspiracy/pseudoscience category based on many articles supporting creationism and even angels. However, Beliefnet also has very credible content that is well-sourced and minimally biased. Another aspect of this site is that they cover all the major world religions, though there certainly is 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 of questionable sources such as Lew Rockwell, which has an extreme right-wing bias and has failed fact checks. Beliefnet serves to provide religious news across different religions, but we rate them Right biased based on favoring Christianity and right-wing ideology.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Beliefnet Right Biased based on editorial positions and story selection that favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the promotion of pseudoscience, the occasional use of poor sources, and a failed fact check. (D. Van Zandt 3/24/2018) Updated (01/07/2022)
Last Updated on May 14, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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