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- Overall, we rate the Canberra Declaration as an extreme right-biased and factually questionable website based on poor sourcing, promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and one-sided perspectives.
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: LOW
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
The Canberra Declaration, released on July 23, 2010, was established by Christian leaders like Dr. Graham McLennan, Bill Muehlenberg, and Warwick Marsh. It aims to uphold Judeo-Christian values in Australia, focusing on religious freedom, life sanctity, and family values. The organization calls on national leaders to defend these principles.
Funded by / Ownership
The Canberra Declaration is funded through donations, as indicated on their website. Ownership details are not specified.
Analysis / Bias
The tone of the website is distinctly conservative and faith-based, advocating for policies that align with these values while strongly opposing differing viewpoints. For example, The article “Gay Street Party is LGBTAOK, But Australia Day Parade in Doubt, criticizes the government’s decision to hold a gay street party. It uses phrases like “The double standard applied by the Labor government is breathtaking” and refers to Victoria as “Danistan,” a likely derogatory play on Premier Daniel Andrews’ name.
The piece also employs mocking language such as “Woohoo! Monkey-covid for everyone!” and ”Everything is LGBTAOK in the Republic of Danistan.”While it cites statements from the Premier’s office (his tweet) and an LGBTQ health advocate, it lacks external source links. Overall, the article displays a strong bias against the government’s decision to hold a gay street party, using emotionally loaded language and mocking tones to make its point.
Further, they promote misinformation regarding COVID-19 and vaccines, such as: “Moderna Booster Caused Silent Heart Injury for 1 in 35 Recipients: Study.” While they source a credible study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure, they misrepresent the findings of the study. In addition, the article “The Global Glory of Jesus Christ Will Cover the Earth” by Rodney Rivers discusses visions and dreams predicting a global spiritual revival. The claims are based on personal religious experiences and lack empirical evidence, making the article pseudoscientific in nature.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate the Canberra Declaration as an extreme right-biased and factually questionable website based on poor sourcing, promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and one-sided perspectives. (M. Huitsing 08/28/2023)
Last Updated on August 28, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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