Last updated on September 27th, 2020 at 04:10 pm
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 using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Christian Headlines Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor Christian Conservative causes. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the publication of false information regarding abortion as well as occasionally rejecting the consensus of science.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2000, Christian Headlines is a conservative news and opinion website that reports from a Christian perspective. According to their about page “ChristianHeadlines.com is brought to you by a group of Christian writers and editors who are dedicated to creating a well-rounded look at what’s happening across the globe from a Christian worldview.”
The website is fully transparent through providing an about page, naming authors, and disclosing ownership.
Funded by / Ownership
Christian Headlines is owned by the Salem Media Group, which owns numerous right-leaning Christian based radio stations across the USA. According to Open Secrets Salem Media Group donates 100% to Republicans and right-leaning PACS. Salem Media also owns Townhall Media, which is comprised of 5 conservative media sources: Townhall, Bearing Arms, Hot Air, RedState, and Twitchy. The website is funded through online advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Christian Headlines publishes Christian themed news and information from both original creators as well as republication from other Salem Media properties. Headlines and wording often utilize minimally loaded language such as this: Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Prayer before Florida High School Football Games. This story is sourced to the Christian Post, which we rate Mixed for factual reporting due to a failed fact check. They also utilize credible sources such as ABC News and the Associated Press.
Editorially, Christian Headlines reports favorably on President Donald Trump such as this: Franklin Graham Asks Americans to Pray for Trump as Impeachment Hearings Begin. When it comes to social issues they take conservative Christian positions such as anti-abortion stances, human-influenced global warming skepticism, and negative reporting on LGBTQ.
A factual search reveals they have not been fact-checked by an IFCN fact checker, however, they have published false information. For example, they have claimed that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer: Study Shows Link between Abortion and Breast Cancer in China. This report comes from the website Life News, which has a poor track record with fact-checkers and routinely publishes anti-abortion propaganda. According to the American Cancer Society the consensus of studies indicates that “induced abortion is not linked to an increase in breast cancer risk.”
Overall, we rate Christian Headlines Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor Christian Conservative causes. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the publication of false information regarding abortion as well as occasionally rejecting the consensus of science. (D. Van Zandt 11/16/2019)