CBS News Bias and Reliability Overview

CBS News is the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System, owned by ViacomCBS. Founded in 1927, it is headquartered in New York City. Its most popular news programs are CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes. Its website records more than 61 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates CBS News in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

The following are CBS News’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.95

Bias: -3.59

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

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

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

Article URLBiasReliability
GOP governors pledge to sue over Biden's business vaccine mandate046.33
After his sister's death, tech entrepreneur works to help patients communicate their health history047.33
How COVID-19 travel restrictions are hurting border towns-1.3345.33
How Joe Biden's order on noncompetes could make it easier to quit your job-6.3344.33
Biden administration buying more vaccine doses for kids and possible boosters-1.3342.33
New Capitol Police chief says officers testifying next week "need to be heard"-1.3341
In the Biden era, Delaware's Rehoboth Beach joins the ranks of presidential retreats046.33
These are the country's 5 largest burning wildfires and what we know about them047.67
Gottlieb warns Delta variant will be "most serious virus" unvaccinated get in their lifetime-3.6745.67
Why are wrongly-convicted people still imprisoned in Missouri?-5.3345.33
One year after John Lewis' death, voting rights bills face bleak future in Congress-8.3342.67
Greenland halts new oil exploration to combat climate change and focus on sustainable development-5.6744.67
What the megadrought means to the American West-744.33
Inside efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population-143
Branson flight signals confidence in commercial spaceflight041
U.S. adds to trade blacklist over China's abuse of Muslim minorities-0.3345
Vaccination rate among immigrants held by ICE remains low as infections surge-4.6745
Hunter Biden's art deal will keep buyers' identities a secret-3.6745
U.S. Capitol Police may run out of funding if Congress does not act-2.3345
Almost all new COVID-19 cases are among people who have not been vaccinated-0.6742.67
Supreme Court sides with Pennsylvania cheerleader punished for Snapchat post1.6748.67
Highly contagious Delta variant​ could cause next COVID-19 wave: "This virus will still find you"048
Biden touts 300 million COVID-19 vaccinations in 150 days-0.3347
Supreme Court sides with Nestle and Cargill in case alleging child slavery-0.6748.33
Daredevil Alex Harvill dies attempting world-record motorcycle jump046.33