Last updated on October 10th, 2021 at 08:39 am
According to their about page, LifeSiteNews “is a non-profit Internet service dedicated to issues of culture, life, and family.” The Campaign Life Coalition founded the website, a Canadian political lobbyist organization founded in 1978. From Toronto, the organization advocates for socially conservative values. In addition to its initial goals of passing restrictions on abortion and euthanasia, Campaign Life Coalition advocates for what it describes as traditional family values, including opposition to same-sex marriage and age-inappropriate sex education.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Conservative Campaign Life Coalition owns LifeSiteNews. According to its About page, “LifeSiteNews.com depends primarily on donations from generous readers to maintain its free service. It also has a paid advertising program.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, LifeSiteNews primarily reports on anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, and pro-Evangelical Christian issues. An example of a pro-Christian story is why being Christian means traveling with Jesus from Bethlehem to Calvary. LifeSiteNews also has a favorable opinion of former President Trump, as evidenced by this piece: How Trump brought Christmas back to America. Editorially, every story is right-leaning, including this story that sources non-credible sources such as Rush Limbaugh and CNSNews.
Scientifically, they often promote false or misleading information related to Planned Parenthood, abortion, and Covid-19 (see failed fact checks below). In general, story selection favors the Christian right and denigrates the left while consistently not being factual in reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- Target is donating $100,000 to “promote gay lifestyles to school children.” – MOSTLY FALSE
- Parents in California are not allowed to pull their children out of sexual education classes. – MOSTLY FALSE
- The proceeds of Girl Scout Cookies are used to support Planned Parenthood. – FALSE
- “Johns Hopkins study mysteriously disappears after it revealed, in spite of COVID, no more deaths in 2020 than in prior years” – INACCURATE
- Nuns contracted Covid-19 from Moderna vaccine – FALSE
- “Terrifying new research finds vaccine spike protein unexpectedly in [the] bloodstream. The protein is linked to blood clots, heart, and brain damage” – FALSE
- COVID-19 vaccines weaken the immune system; “Idaho doctor reports a ’20 times increase’ of cancer in vaccinated patients” – Inaccurate
- Cancer increased twentyfold among COVID-19 vaccinated due to suppressed T cells – False
- “If you get the Pfizer vax, you’re more likely to get COVID” – Inaccurate
We rate LifeSiteNews far-right biased for story selection that always favors evangelical Christianity and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and many failed fact checks. (11/25/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/10/2021)