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- Overall, we rate the Christian Broadcasting Network a right-leaning promoter of conspiracy theories via Pat Robertson on the 700 Club. CBN News, however, mostly reports accurate news that sometimes does not align with science.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The Christian Broadcasting Network was founded by Christian televangelist Pat Robertson in 1961. CBN now serves mainly as a production company for The 700 Club, and four other syndicated shows: CBN NewsWatch, Christian World News, 700 Club Interactive, and The Brody File, a news-analysis program hosted by political journalist David Brody. Pat Robertson is known for making extreme right-wing and conspiratorial claims.
Funded by / Ownership
The Christian Broadcasting Network is owned by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. and is funded through advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, CBN News combines both secular and religious news with a strong Christian right bias. There is the moderate use of loaded emotional language such as this: Half of Pastors Worry They’ll Offend Someone if They Preach on Controversial Topics. This story is appropriately sourced to credible media such as CBS News. Editorially CBN holds right-leaning viewpoints and reports favorably on President Trump. When it comes to science, CBN holds a skeptical view of climate change and evolution.
CBN also features a TV program called the 700 Club, with Pat Robertson serving as host. Pat Robertson has made numerous false claims and promoted conspiracy theories such as claiming that natural disasters occur due to gay immoral acts. Below is a shortlist of failed fact checks by Pat Robertson.
- Margaret Sanger “wanted a black Christian leader to be like a Judas goat and lead the blacks to genocide. Remember that? And they picked Martin Luther King as their spokesman.” – Pants of Fire
- President Barack Obama attended “an Islamic madrassa.” – Mostly False
- Pat Robertson said the feminist agenda encourages women to “kill their children, practice witchcraft, and become lesbians.” – Correct Attribution
The SPLC has also reported on Pat Robertson making statements that they consider hate speech.
Overall, we rate the Christian Broadcasting Network a right-leaning promoter of conspiracy theories via Pat Robertson on the 700 Club. CBN News, however, mostly reports accurate news that sometimes does not align with science. (D. Van Zandt 3/24/2017) Updated (4/13/2019)