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 appealing to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Catholic World Report Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor a Christian conservative perspective. We also rate them mixed factually due to lack of transparency, the use of hyperpartisan religious sources, and one-sided reporting that is highly emotional in wording.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: United States
MBFC Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
The Catholic World Report (CRW) is an online news magazine published by Ignatius Press. Founded in 1991 by Joseph Fessio, it initially began as a print publication before transitioning to an online format in 2012. The magazine provides news, analysis, and commentary from a Catholic perspective, covering various topics related to the Catholic Church, such as theology, spirituality, culture, and current events.
Funded by / Ownership
The Catholic World Report does not publicly disclose its ownership information but lists the publisher as Ignatius Press. The online magazine generates revenue through donations and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
Catholic World Report offers content from a right-leaning perspective, often utilizing emotionally loaded language; for example, the headlines consistently reflect a distinct Christian right perspective like “The Culture of Death is alive as Hell.” The phrase “Culture of Death” typically refers to issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research. The article uses strong negative descriptors for former Governor Kate Brown (D), referring to her as the “Petulant Poster Child for the Culture of Death,” labels the transgender movement as “trans-insanity,” and mockingly calls NPR “National Porn Radio,” indicating a clear editorial bias.
This type of language could potentially incite negative sentiments or hostility towards the mentioned groups. The author also mentions instances of church burnings in the aftermath of the Dobbs case but does not provide specific evidence to substantiate these claims, apart from a photo showing the phrase “My body, my choice” spray-painted on a wall at the Ascension Catholic School. The article cites sources such as oregonlive.com and Vatican.Va and Catholic News Agency (CNA).
Catholic World Report also republishes articles from sources like the Catholic News Agency, such as this article, “If this nun-doctor can’t get a vaccine religious exemption, who can” which demonstrates a conservative viewpoint, favoring religious exemptions to vaccine mandates and portraying authorities negatively.
Politically, CWR presents mixed reporting on former President Trump, criticizing his changing views on abortion and sympathizing with him for perceived persecution by the left. However, they consistently report negatively on the Biden administration, such as this Denial of OK family planning aid highlights hypocrisy of “Catholic” Biden. In general, CWR holds strong right-leaning conservative biases and sometimes does not substantiate claims with evidence.
Failed Fact Checks
- None by a third-party fact-checker
Overall, we rate Catholic World Report Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor a Christian right perspective. We also rate them mixed factually due to lack of transparency, the use of hyperpartisan religious sources, and one-sided reporting that is highly emotional in wording. (M. Huitsing 07/18/2023)
Last Updated on July 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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