These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased sources.
- Overall, we rate the Christian Science Monitor Least Biased based on balanced story selection and fair reporting coverage of both sides. Further, we rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is an international news organization that delivers global coverage via its website, weekly magazine, daily news briefing, email newsletters, Amazon Kindle subscription, and mobile site. It was started in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist. According to their about page “The Christian Science Monitor is an independent international news organization. We want to help you to see news events as starting points for constructive conversations. We seek to cut through the froth of the political spin cycle to underlying truths and values. We want to be so focused on progress that together we can provide a credible and constructive counter-narrative to the hopelessness-, anger-, and fear-inducing brand of discourse that is so pervasive in the news.” The current editor is Mark Sappenfield.
The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes and more than a dozen Overseas Press Club awards. Although the name contains the words Christian Science, the news reporting is generally not religious and those that are religious in nature are clearly labeled.
Funded by / Ownership
The CSM is owned by the Christian Science Publishing Society, which was established in 1898 by Mary Baker Eddy and is the publishing arm of The First Church of Christ Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Christian Science Monitor is funded through a paid subscription and advertising model.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The CSM reports news with minimally loaded wording and headlines such as this:
In general, the CSM is an excellent news source that is low biased, despite being affiliated with Christian Science, which routinely promotes pseudoscience.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Christian Science Monitor Least Biased based on balanced story selection and fair reporting coverage of both sides. Further, we rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/6/2016) Updated (2/16/2019)