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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, mainly reports accurate news that sometimes does not align with science.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Christian televangelist Pat Robertson founded the Christian Broadcasting Network 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
Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. owns CBN. Advertising and donations generate revenue for the organization.
Analysis / Bias
In review, CBN News combines 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. Regarding science, CBN has a skeptical view of climate change and evolution.
CBN also features a TV program called the 700 Club, with Pat Robertson as host. Pat Robertson has made numerous false claims and promoted conspiracy theories, claiming that natural disasters occur due to gay immoral acts. Below is a shortlist of failed fact checks by Pat Robertson.
Failed Fact Checks
- 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
- Carbon dioxide is not a climate heat driver; we had an ice age when the Earth had extraordinarily larger amounts of carbon dioxide; in the 1970s scientists thought we were going to have a new ice age. – Incorrect
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, mainly reports accurate news that sometimes does not align with science. (D. Van Zandt 3/24/2017) Updated (8/05/2022)
Last Updated on August 6, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check