National Catholic Register Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Right

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates National Catholic Register in the Skews Right category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. National Catholic Register is a biweekly newspaper and website that covers news “through the eyes of the Magisterium,” or the teaching authority of the Catholic Church. In addition to coverage of news from the Vatican and around the world, content includes features such as Culture of Life, Catholic education, Catholic travel and liturgy. Founded in 1927 in Denver, the Register is now owned by EWTN Global Catholic Network. The newspaper has a circulation of nearly 40,000, while the website records approximately 1.23 million visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for National Catholic Register according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 39.10

Bias: 8.55

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
US Bishops Plan Response to Native American Catholics Who ‘Want Their Voice Heard’ -2.83 45.33
Connecticut Assisted Suicide Bill Would Not Safeguard Against Coercion, Opponents Say 12.33 39.67
States Push Both Pro-Life and Abortion Expansion Measures in 2021 13.33 43
Rebuking Trump: Impeachment if Necessary, But Not Necessarily Impeachment 4.67 35.33
Only the Church Does Anti-Racism Right 4.33 32
Court: Vermont Can’t Exclude Catholic School Student from College Tuition Program 5.33 45
Second Federal Court Strikes Down Transgender Mandate 4 46
Joe Biden Taps ‘Transgender’ Rachel Levine to HHS Position 7.33 39.33
The Trump Presidency and What Happens After: A Catholic Take 1.67 36
Will Sen. Manchin’s Focus on Moderation Come at the Expense of His Catholic Principles? 14 24
Under President Biden, Vatican-US Relations Are Poised to Shift Dramatically 0 48
US Bishops Offer Prayers, Pledge to Engage with Biden Administration 2 41.67
Biden’s Secretary of State Backs Trump’s Tough Approach to China 4.33 42.33
Catholic Church Is Correct in Not Letting Abortion Issue Slide 10 32
President Biden Begins to Roll Out Plan for First 100 Days in Office 0.67 46
Will This Be a Peaceful Transition in Our Hearts? 9.67 30

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