These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Religion & Politics Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial perspectives that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Religion & Politics is an online journal focused on the intersection between religion and US politics. According to their about page, “Religion & Politics is an online news journal, dedicated to the two topics thought unfit for polite company. We feature articles from scholars and journalists who proceed from a single premise: that for better and for worse, religion and politics converge, clash, and shape public life.”
The website is fully transparent, with a masthead and disclosure of ownership and funding.
Funded by / Ownership
Religion & Politics is a project of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. The website states that Religion & Politics is “made possible by a generous gift from the Danforth Foundation; the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics is named for former United States Senator from Missouri and ordained Episcopal priest John C. Danforth.
Analysis / Bias
The website features articles from scholars and journalists who cover how religion and politics intertwine. Articles and headlines contain moderately loaded emotional language such as this Religious Nationalism Holds Sway as Virginia Revokes the Rights of Trans Students. This article like all others reviewed, is properly sourced from government sources and credible outlets such as Forbes and Reuters. The website also links to other related stories from sources such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico.
Editorially, Religion & Politics usually covers both sides of issues; however, we have determined that many articles are negative toward conservatives and former President Trump, such as this The Long Road to White Christians’ Trumpism. A quote from the article reads:
Why would Christians vote for a man whose life flaunts their norms? What about his treatment of women? What about his racism and his anti-immigrant policies? After nearly five years of questions, white American Christians still overwhelmingly supported Trump’s unsuccessful 2020 reelection bid.
On the other hand, stories favor Joe Biden, such as this Biden Can Restore America’s Credibility on Religious Freedom. A quote from the article reads:
We need a president who restores credibility and authenticity to America’s efforts to promote religious freedom for all people everywhere. Joe Biden is the person, to use another biblical phrase, for such a time as this.
On the issues. Religion & Politics is concerned with racism, civil liberties, climate change, and other issues favored by the left. Therefore, we rate them Left-Center biased and fact-based in reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Religion & Politics Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial perspectives that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/06/2022)
Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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