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.
- Overall, we rate OneNewsNow strongly Right Biased based on story selection that always favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to misleading headlines that do not match the story and a very poor record with support for the consensus of science.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2007, OneNewsNow is a news and opinion website with a very strong Christian Right bias. According to their about page “At OneNewsNow.com, you will get your news from reporters you can trust to give the latest news without the liberal bias that characterizes so much of the “mainstream” media.” The current editor-in-chief is Jody Brown.
Funded by / Ownership
OneNewsNow is owned and operated by The American Family Association (AFA), which is a fundamentalist Protestant 501(c)(3) organization based in the United States. They primarily oppose LGBT rights and expression, pornography, and abortion. The AFA has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as of November 2010 for the “propagation of known falsehoods” and the use of “demonizing propaganda” against LGBT people. OneNewsNow is funded through the AFA, which is in-turn funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, OneNewsNow publishes news stories that favor the right and denigrate the left, often with the use of loaded emotional headlines such as this: White House: Former FBI Director Comey a ‘proven liar’. This story is credited to the Associated Press and is basically copied and pasted onto the website verbatim. There is however a huge difference in the headline. The Associated Press headline reads Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos. In an original story, Harvey: Where is the Church in fight over glamorizing homosexuality?, there is significant use of loaded language against LGBTQ as evidenced here: “The state of Maryland is the latest to teach LGBTQ propaganda in public school classrooms.”
On the sidebar of the website, they offer real news from the Associated Press without altering the headlines. They also link to other sites with their “latest from the web” feed. This often links to right-leaning or questionable sources such as Judicial Watch, which has failed numerous fact checks due to the promotion of right-wing conspiracy theories. In general, OneNewsNow does not support the consensus of science on climate change or evolution.
Failed Fact Checks
Although OneNewsNow is directly owned and operated by a hate group, its news reporting is simply biased and misleading.
Overall, we rate OneNewsNow strongly Right Biased based on story selection that always favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to misleading headlines that do not match the story and a very poor record with support for the consensus of science. (D. Van Zandt 12/15/2016) Updated (5/6/2020)