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- Overall, we rate the Church Militant Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracies as well as being labeled an anti-LGBT hate group by other sources.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Anti-LGBT
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2012, Church Militant is a Catholic lay apostolate and traditional Catholic news website founded by Michael Voris. It was known as Real Catholic TV until 2012, when the Archdiocese of Detroit notified Michael Voris and Real Catholic TV that “it does not regard them as being authorized to use the word ‘Catholic’ to identify or promote their public activities.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Church Militant is owned by St. Michael’s Media, which is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates in the State of Michigan under the officially-registered assumed name of Church Militant. Revenue is generated through donations, subscriptions and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Church Militant is a radical Catholic news and opinion website with an extreme right wing bias in reporting. Church Militant supports issues affiliated with the far right, such as anti-LGBT and anti-abortion positions. Within the anti-abortion article they utilize untrustworthy sources such as Life News and Black Genocide, which appears on our questionable list due to numerous failed fact checks and promotion of conspiracies. Articles often contain very strong loaded emotional language that denigrates the left such as this quote: “Killary and her allies even rigged their own primary process to ensure that she won, ensuring Bernie Sanders never had a fighting chance. Who on earth would be stupid enough to discount that they wouldn’t try the exact same thing in the general election?” The derogatory term “Killary” used for Hillary Clinton, is based on the far right conspiracy theory that the Clinton’s murder people for political gain.
In 2018, the Church Militant was officially declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as the reputable Christian Science Monitor. In response to the Christian Science Monitor the Church Militant proclaims them as a fake news source. We rate the Christian Science Monitor as least biased and highly factual by our methodology.
Overall, we rate the Church Militant Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracies as well as being labeled an anti-LGBT hate group by other sources. (D. Van Zandt 9/1/2017) Updated (5/23/2019)