Family Research Council

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  • Overall, we rate the Family Research Council (FRC) Questionable based on the promotion of far-right conspiracy and propaganda, a lack of transparency with funding, poor sourcing, numerous failed fact checks, and 3rd party designation as a hate group.

Detailed Report

Reasoning: Hate Group, Conspiracies, Propaganda, Numerous False Claims
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY

History

The Family Research Council (FRC) is an American conservative Christian group and lobbying organization formed in the United States in 1981 by James Dobson. Tony Perkins is its current president.  The FRC promotes traditional family values by advocating and lobbying for socially conservative policies. It opposes and lobbies against LGBT rights, abortion, divorce, embryonic stem-cell research, and pornography. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) classified the FRC as an anti-gay hate group.

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Funded by / Ownership

The Family Research Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded through donations. They lack transparency as they do not clearly state where their funding is derived from.

Analysis / Bias

In review, the website features a section called issues in which they publish news and information in opposition to abortion, such as this Supreme Court should put a stop to the abortion industry getting a free pass. Under this category, they also promote anti-LGBTQ sentiments such as this: Why Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Should Never Be Specially Protected Categories Under the Law. Further, FRC’s statements and positions have been criticized as being based upon pseudoscience or junk science; according to Wired, the group has misrepresented data and misdesigned sociological studies to depict LGBT people negatively.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, FRC is a hate group that “bills itself as “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but its real specialty is defaming LGBTQ people.” Further, the Human Rights Campaign has criticized FRC as well. The Family Research Council responded to the SPLC with ANSWERING THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER’S ATTACKS UPON FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL. In general, FRC promotes pseudoscience and Christian propaganda that often is not factual.

Failed Fact Checks

Overall, we rate the Family Research Council (FRC) Questionable based on the promotion of far-right conspiracy and propaganda, a lack of transparency with funding, poor sourcing, numerous failed fact checks, and 3rd party designation as a hate group. (8/23/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 02/16/2022)

Source: https://www.frc.org/

Last Updated on February 16, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check

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