Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1927, the National Catholic Register is a conservative national Catholic newspaper based in Ironside, Alabama. According to their about page, “Our mission is to provide a perspective on the news of the day as seen through the eyes of the Magisterium. We assist Catholics in engaging the culture with confidence in the saving and sanctifying Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The website NCregister.com is updated daily, while the print edition is published bi-weekly.
Funded by / Ownership
Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) owns and publishes the National Catholic Register. According to their website, EWTN reaches over 350 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. Advertising, subscription fees, and donations generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
The National Catholic register publishes news about Catholocism and the Vatican. They also cover national and international news focusing on conservative issues such as abortion and politics. Articles and headlines use moderately loaded emotional language such as this Hindu Nationalist Party Bids to Woo Christians in State Elections in India. This story properly uses hyperlinked souring to the Times of India; however, they also link to the Questionable NDTV. In another story, NIH Reverses Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research; there isn’t any sourcing at all.
The National Catholic Register holds a right-leaning conservative bias as they frequently favor anti-abortion and anti-fetal tissue measures. When reporting on US politics, they have mixed feelings about President Joe Biden. On the one hand, they recognize he is Catholic, but on the other hand, they report negatively on his abortion positions Biden Administration Proposes Restoring Title X Funding for Abortion Facilities.
When reporting on science, they often go against the consensus on topics such as evolution Divine Mercy Miracle Caught On Video, A Christian Rebuttal To Darwinian Evolution, And More Links! Further, they have reported on debunked pseudoscience such as the abortion breast cancer link. According to the American Cancer Society, “After adjusting for known breast cancer risk factors, the researchers found that induced abortion(s) had no overall effect on the risk of breast cancer. The size of this study and the manner in which it was done provide good evidence that induced abortion does not affect a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.” In general, the National Catholic Registers hold a right-leaning conservative bias and do not always report the news factually.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate the National Catholic Register Right Biased based on editorial positions that promote a conservative perspective. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and the promotion of pseudoscience. (D. Van Zandt 4/18/2021)