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.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Notes: According to their about page: “First Things is published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and educational 501(c)(3) organization. The Institute was founded in 1989 by Richard John Neuhaus and his colleagues to confront the ideology of secularism, which insists that the public square must be “naked,” and that faith has no place in shaping the public conversation or in shaping public policy.”
In review, First Things is a Neoconservative magazine and website that has a right wing bias in reporting. There is moderate use of loaded words in both headlines and articles such as this: ROY MOORE’S RIDICULOUS DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE. Don’t let this headline fool you, it is actually in support of Moore’s anti-gay marriage stance. In general, First Things holds positions typical of the Christian right such as: Pro-life, and negative toward Islam. Most articles are sourced properly, however they sometimes use factually mixed sources such as Life Site News, which has an extreme right wing bias in opposition to gay marriage and abortion.
Overall, we rate First Things Right Biased based on political positions that favor the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to use of poor sources and questionable science. (D. Van Zandt 5/6/2018)