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- Overall, we rate NRL News Today far-right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of anti-abortion propaganda and pseudoscience as well as a lack of transparency and several failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Pseudoscience, Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2010, NRL News Today or National Right to Life News is a news website associated with the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), which is a national anti-abortion organization that states its mission as “Devoted to disseminating information and support for pro-life issues.” Furthermore, the National Right to Life Committee also lobbies to put in place pro-life policies and states its purpose as “to elect pro-life men and women to Congress and the White House who will lead our country back to the day when innocent human life is protected by our laws.” They are headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Carol Tobias is the President of the organization.
The NRL News Today website completely lacks transparency as they do not provide an about page or disclose that they are owned by the National Right to Life Committee.
Funded by / Ownership
NRL News Today does not disclose ownership, however, they are owned by the National Right to Life Committee which is a nonprofit 501(c)(4)organization that is funded through donations. Compared to similar organizations such as PRO-LIFE Across AMERICA (MN) which has a 4-star rating, Charity Navigator rated NRLC 1 out of 4 stars. Please view their Accountability & Transparency Performance Metrics here. That National Right to Life Committee does not disclose board members or names of donors. Revenue for NRL News Today is derived through a donation link that allows you to donate to the NRLC.
Analysis / Bias
In review, NRL News Today publishes news from a conservative perspective that promotes opposition to abortion, euthanasia, and RU486 birth control. Articles and headlines often contain emotionally loaded wording that advances their agenda such as this Judge opens door for dangerous chemical abortifacient to be mailed or delivered to pregnant women. This story offers minimal hyperlinked sourcing. Other stories offer strongly loaded emotional negative language towards Planned Parenthood such as this Another staff meltdown at a Planned Parenthood affiliate. This story provides one link to Fox News. NRL News also republishes news from other anti-abortion websites such as LifeSiteNews and Live Action which have failed numerous fact checks.
NRL News Today has also published misinformation claiming that “Abortion has been linked to an increased risk for post-abortive women being diagnosed with breast cancer.” 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.”
Editorially, NRL News Today routinely favors a Christian conservative perspective and frequently praises current President Donald Trump such as this: Pro-abortionists count on pro-life support for President Trump diminishing. They could not be more wrong, while aggressively denigrating the left Joe Biden’s unbridled abortion extremism. In general, they publish news that is frequently misleading and/or false with a strong conservative editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks by NRLC and NRL News
- “Under the Baucus bill … federal funds would subsidize coverage of elective abortions.” – False
- The Obama White House recognizes a “baby that has not been born” for security purposes. – Mostly False
- The Obama administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to pay for health insurance plans that cover “any legal abortion.” – False
- Will all legal abortions be covered by federally subsidized health insurance policies in state “high-risk pools”? – False
Overall, we rate NRL News Today far-right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of anti-abortion propaganda and pseudoscience as well as a lack of transparency and several failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 7/14/2020)