CBS News Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates CBS News (website) in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. CBS News (website) 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.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for CBS News (website) according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.07

Bias: -3.44

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
After upset win over Germany in World Cup, Japanese players leave dressing room "spotless" 0 43.33
Senators reach deal on changes to marriage equality bill, teeing up first vote this week -1.33 44.67
Connecticut police officers killed in shooting appear to have been lured by fake 911 call, authorities say 0 45.33
Buckle up, America: The Fed plans to sharply boost unemployment 2 44.67
Kevin McCarthy unveils House GOP's big ideas midterm election agenda -6 39.33
Protesters plan to block Boston-area traffic during Wednesday morning commute 0 53.67
Hurricane Fiona blasts Turks and Caicos Islands, begins moving towards Bermuda 0 47
Entire family, including a young child, among hundreds of victims found in newly-discovered mass grave in Ukraine 0 47.67
Military plane carrying 39 tons of baby formula arrives in U.S. -11 45.33
Rand Paul stalls Senate passage of $40 billion in Ukraine aid -0.4 45.2
Laguna Beach wildfire destroys more than 20 homes 0 49
Ukraine says Russia's Putin has "ordered the preparation of a terrorist attack" on Chernobyl nuclear plant 0 47.33
Texas judge temporarily blocks state from investigating parents over medical care for transgender children -6.67 45
Gabby Petito's family sues Brian Laundrie's parents, alleging they knew Petito was dead while search was ongoing 0 46
Grand jury declines to charge Deshaun Watson after 22 women accused him of harassment or sexual assault 0 44.67
Americans will likely see "uncomfortably high" inflation this year, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says -0.67 46.33
"We've been waiting all these years for this:" Louisiana man on being freed after spending 44 years in prison 0 48.33
NATO and Russia hold war games amid negotiations to reverse the escalating crisis on Ukraine's borders 0 54.67
U.S. truckers planning protest convoy, perhaps starting in L.A. for Super Bowl, DHS warns 0 46.67
Andrew Cuomo to file professional misconduct complaint against New York Attorney General Letitia James 0 45
Biden says he thinks eventual Supreme Court nominee will get GOP support 0 46
Hertz files thousands of car theft complaints against customers every year. A judge ruled they have to make that data public. 0 48
Company's rocket appears to tumble out of control minutes after launch 0 48.33
California to roll back mask mandate after current rules expire next week -0.67 47
Air Force ordered to pay more than $230 million to families and victims of 2017 Texas church shooting 0 49

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