Founded in 2007, American Family News (formerly OneNewsNow) is a news and opinion website with an extreme Christian Right bias. According to their about page, “Whether it’s a story about prayer in public schools, workplace restrictions on Christians, or battles for biblical truth within our denominations, the American Family News Network (AFN) is here to tell you what the newsmakers are saying.”
Funded by / Ownership
The American Family Association (AFA) owns and operates American Family News, 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. The website is funded through the AFA, which is in turn funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, American Family News publishes news stories that favor the right and denigrate the left, often using loaded emotional headlines such as this: Race quotas a danger to critical thought. The website also publishes news from the Associated Press that relates to their political ideology.
Editorially, American Family News does not support the consensus of science on climate change or evolution. They also frequently promote fear of socialism, such as The Marxist move to cancel Jefferson. The website further promotes Democratic election fraud Poll: Voters know fraud is part of Democrats’ agenda and questionable beliefs regarding race and LGBTQ. In general, the website’s content strongly supports a conservative Christian perspective and often promotes false or misleading information, especially when it relates to science.
Failed Fact Checks
- Dr. Anthony Fauci “has known for 15 years that chloroquine and … hydroxychloroquine will not only treat a current case of coronavirus but prevent future cases.” – False
- Target’s stock crashed because of its transgender bathroom policy. – False
- The California Assembly has passed a new bill, Assembly Bill 2943, which will ban the sale of the Bible – False
- See All Failed Fact Checks by the American Family Association.
Overall, we rate American Family News Far-right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of Christian-right propaganda, conspiracy theories, numerous examples of false claims, and an abysmal record with support for the consensus of science. (D. Van Zandt 12/15/2016) Updated (10/07/2022)
Last Updated on October 7, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check