Fact Check Friday

News Under the Magnifying Glass


Fact Check Friday is a Catholic Connection show segment dedicated to revealing how the mainstream media is manipulating the information they report. I separate the facts from fiction so you can make informed decisions.


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Fact Check Friday Segments


August 12, 2022 – Know how the media work so they don’t work on you. How the media change the language they use to obfuscate the truth and make it harder to understand what is going on. (Begins at 25:48) Resources mentioned: Inter Mirifaca, The Rapid Development.

August 5, 2022 – Media misinformation campaigns, trust in the media at a low and affecting the financial viability of those companies. (Begins at 25:47)

July 29, 2022 – Journalists living in a bubble. On Fact Check Friday this week, Teresa Tomeo interviews Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights about his article on the press living in a bubble of their own making. (Begins at 25:47)

July 22, 2022 – The secular media are ignoring the truth of their own studies on abortion, and government cutting funding to pregnancy resources centers who actually do help women (Begins at 25:47)

July 15, 2022 – Pro-life news the media are not covering (Begins at 25:47)

June 3, 2022 – How Pregnancy Resources Centers are covered in the media. (Begins at 25:50)

May 20, 2022 – What the media don’t know CAN hurt us. (Begins at 25:55)

April 22, 2022 – Considering the Source – Whether it is secular or Catholic media, use common sense and do your homework on questionable reporting. (Begins at 25:48.) Resources mentioned: Inter Mirifaca, The Rapid Development.

March 11, 2022 – The secular media, & even some “Catholic” Media make money by keeping you in constant fear.  (Begins at 25:15)

February 25, 2022 – The Pope’s Lenten Message and suggestions on media use in your life and those in your family.

February 18, 2022 – The Rest of the CNN Story on Jeff Zucker and Chris & Andrew Cuomo – and why it should matter to Catholics

February 11, 2022 – The Canadian Trucking Saga & the Media (Begins at 25:45)

February 4, 2022 – The Implosion of the Secular Media & what outlets do we have that we can trust (Begins at 26:39)

January 28, 2022 – Pope to Catholic media: Check facts but always respect people (Begins at 24:58)

November 5, 2021 – Sins of Omission about “Women’s Health”. How often are abortion facilities inspected? A great many are never inspected.  (Begins at 25:43).

October 22, 2021 – New Poll: 70% of Americans think Twitter & Facebook do more harm than good. (Begins at 34:50)

August 13, 2021 –  Look at what the Church gives us in the media. (Begins at 25:54). Mentioned on the broadcast: Inter merifica by Pope Paul VI, The Rapid Development by Pope St. John Paul II, World Communications Day Statements since 1967.

July 30, 2021 – NPR announces new rules allowing reporters to take part in demonstrations for the “freedom and dignity of human beings.” (Begins at 25:47)

July 23, 2021 – Discerning media messages, especially how the secular press covers Catholics. (Begins at 25:48)

July 16, 2021 – Ex-Planned Parenthood CEO Is Not ‘Pro-Choice’ When It Comes To Vaccine Mandates (Begins at 26:12)

July 2, 2021 – America Ranks Dead Last Among 46 Countries in Media Trust. (Begins at 25:50)

June 4, 2021 – The Wuhan lab-leak theory concerning COVID-19 and the media’s complete lack of interest. (Begins at 24:34)

May 28, 2021 – 60 Minutes’ story about transgender youth “de-transitioning”, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfood refusing to give interviews to white reporters (Begins at 23:49)

May 21, 2021 – Fact Checkers, Lack of Knowledge, & Confirmation Bias (Begins at 25:55)

May 14, 2021 – News Producers Insisting on Pre-Conceived Story Ideas v. the Real Story. (Begins at 25:48)

May 7, 2021 –  Staffing of News Outlets v. Quality Journalism v. Ad Revenue (Begins at 25:47)

April 23, 2021 – NBC Deceptive Editing of 911 Call of Police Shooting (Begins at 25:54)

April 16, 2021 – The latest revelations about CNN from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas (Begins at 23:44)

March 26, 2021 – Teresa Analyzes President Biden’s First Press Conference (Begins at 25:47)

March 12, 2021 –  The Importance of Doing Your Best to Make a Difference (Begins at 25:47)

February 26, 2021 –  How the Media Are Not Covering Andrew Cuomo (Begins at 44:00)

February 5, 2021 – Journalism 101: Don’t Be Lazy, Go Out To The Story (Begins at 25:47)

December 4, 2020 – If It Bleeds It Leads: The Impact of the Media’s Doomsday COVID Coverage (Begins at 34:45)

November 20, 2020 – Election Questions That Need Answered (Begins at 42:26)

November 6, 2020 – How the News Media Have Abandoned the Most Basic of Journalistic Principles  (Begins at 41:29)

October 30, 2020 – Who is Watching the Watchdogs? (Begins at 34:47)

October 23, 2020 – Sins of Omission

October 16, 2020 – Social Media Companies & Censorship


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