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: 41.75

Bias: -2.85

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
Judge orders Texas to remove floating border barriers, granting Biden administration request 0 47.67
Prosecutors to seek Hunter Biden indictment from grand jury before Sept. 29, special counsel David Weiss says 0 41.33
3 killed in racially-motivated shooting at Dollar General store in Jacksonville, sheriff says 0 42.33
The science and art of lightning 0 54.33
COVID hospitalizations climb 22% this week — and the CDC predicts further increases as new variants spread -2.67 44.67
Skipping GOP debate, Trump speaks with Tucker Carlson -2.67 43.33
Serious COVID cases on the rise in Colorado as well as nationally 0 44.67
Former police chief who once led Gilgo Beach probe charged with soliciting sex from undercover ranger at Long Island park 0 43.67
Russia launches space station cargo flight, setting stage for SpaceX crew launch Friday 0 45.33
Mortgage interest rate forecast: What experts predict for this year and 2024 0 41
850 people are still missing after Maui wildfires, mayor says 1.67 42.67
Sha'Carri Richardson wins 100-meter title at world championships to cap comeback 0 43.33
19-year-old gets 15 years to life for killing boyfriend, friend in 100 mph car crash into brick wall 0 41.33
New COVID variants EG.5, FL.1.5.1 and BA.2.86 are spreading. Here's what to know. -1.67 48.67
Body found off popular Maryland trail believed to be missing woman Rachel Morin; police investigating death as homicide 0 43.67
White mom sues Southwest Airlines over "blatant racism" after alleged human trafficking flag -2 41.33
Apparent murder-suicide involving prominent Mt. Sinai Hospital oncologist rocks Westchester County town of Somers 0 43
At least 3 dead in bus crash on Pennsylvania interstate, authorities say 0 42
Maui emergency chief resigns following criticism of wildfire response 0 44.33
Pain after a heart attack may predict likelihood of death within years following, study finds 0 45.67
Bruce Springsteen postpones Philadelphia concerts because of illness 0 42.33
Ukraine claims it has retaken key village from Russians as counteroffensive grinds on 0 44
Saudi Arabia says it executed U.S. national convicted of killing and torturing his father 0 44
Teenage smokers have different brains than non-smoking teens, study suggests 0 44
On 2nd anniversary of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, girls' rights remain under siege 0 44

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