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The 700 Club is a right-wing Christian news and talk show hosted by religious leader Pat Robertson, airing on cable's ABC Family and in syndication throughout the United States and Canada. It is the flagship presentation of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

The show presents news stories from a Christian perspective, often relating stories to passages from the Bible which are generally followed by commentary on them from the hosts. It also features celebrity and other interviews about their feelings on Christianity. The news segments frequently emphasize eschatology and have been attacked as explicitly political. The 700 Club is editorially pro Zionist and Israel, believing the creation of the Jewish state to be an end times sign. The 700 Club has on Jewish guests such as Michael Medved and Rabbi Daniel Lapin, who share its conservative Judeo-Christian beliefs.

The style of news reporting on the show has been criticized by the political left as unfairly biased, often framing stories in a manner said to reflect the views of Pat Robertson rather than simply presenting the facts. The editorial view of the show is from the political right.

The number 700 comes from the Robertson's first televised telethon for his ministry. In it, he set a goal of 700 members paying $10 each a month, a number which would meet the industry's operating budget at the time. Robertson came to refer to these members as the '700 Club' and the name stuck.

Notable international versions of The 700 Club are Club 700 Hoy, broadcast in Latin America, and The 700 Club With Paul and Fiona, in Great Britain. Begun in October 2004, the latter is co-hosted by Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley Jones.

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