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 Paramount Global and operated by National Amusements. 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 44.20

Bias: -3.11

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
Buffalo shooting: 10 killed, 3 injured in mass shooting at supermarket 0 44
Who is Shou Zi Chew? What to know about the TikTok CEO testifying before Congress -1 42
Submarine with 2 bodies, 3 tons of cocaine seized in the Pacific Ocean off Colombia 0 45.67
Man convicted of killing California college student Kristin Smart in 1996 sentenced to 25 years to life -0.67 41.33
Mexican drug cartel's purported apology letter for deadly kidnapping spurned by Americans' relatives 0 41.33
Would-be hitman arrested in NYC murder plot involving latex mask disguise, feds say 0 42.33
These financial firms spark the most consumer complaints, report shows -2.67 39.67
House Freedom Caucus offers deal to raise debt ceiling -1 43.33
Possible targets in Fulton County investigation of Trump, allies may try to quash charges -0.67 45
Meta to reinstate Trump on Facebook, Instagram -4.67 43.33
U.S. warns Israel against "unacceptable" moves after new far-right cabinet member Itamar Ben-Gvir visits holy site 0 11
Five fired Memphis police officers charged with murder in death of Tyre Nichols: "This was wrong. This was criminal" 0 46.33
Search for 4-year-old Athena Brownfield now a "recovery operation," officials say 0 43.67
Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King's son defends new monument amid criticism 0 42.67
Outrage after Missouri lawmakers implement a stricter dress code for women in the state House: "Absolutely disgusting" -5.33 43.33
Killings of journalists and media workers surged 50% in 2022, U.N. says 0 44.67
40-foot endangered sperm whale washes ashore in Oregon 0 46.67
Ex-GOP candidate arrested in shootings at homes of Democratic New Mexico elected officials -2.67 45
White House doesn't keep visitor logs of Biden, Trump personal homes -0.67 44.67
Memphis man's death after traffic stop sparks protests and investigations of police -1 45
Baby and teenage mother among 6 killed in "targeted" attack on family at California home 0 47.33
Storm-pummeled California rushes to clean up and start repairs ahead of expected rain resumption 0.67 46.67
What Idaho murders affidavit reveals about investigation leading up to Bryan Kohberger's arrest 0 44
Damar Hamlin's breathing tube removed and he's able to talk, telling teammates "Love you boys," Buffalo Bills say 0 44.33
Arrest made in killings of 4 Idaho college students, sources say 0 46.33

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