CNBC Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates CNBC in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. CNBC is a business news TV channel and website owned by NBCUniversal News Group. Its coverage focuses on real-time financial market and business content. Founded in 1989, CNBC has headquarters in New Jersey and news bureaus worldwide.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for CNBC according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.36

Bias: -1.94

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
Disney's wildest ride: Iger, Chapek and the making of an epic succession mess 0 52
Moderna says updated Covid vaccine was effective against highly mutated BA.2.86 variant in trial 0 43.33
Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia reject China's latest South China Sea map 0 44.67
Giuliani loses support of billionaires Langone, Cooperman: 'I wouldn't give him a nickel' -2.67 41.67
Euro zone price rises steady for August but core inflation declines further 0 42.67
Stocks tick higher on Wednesday as market heads for 4-day winning streak: Live updates 0 45
U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo calls on China to provide more predictability for business 0 45.33
Asia markets mirror Wall Street's rally; China, Hong Kong close flat on the day 0 44.67
Biden administration unveils first 10 drugs subject to Medicare price negotiations -3.33 46
Nasdaq pops more than 1% for third straight winning day as tech rebounds from August slump: Live updates 0 45.33
Nike falls for record 10th straight day as Foot Locker woes, China slowdown hit stock 0 43.67
India's moon landing made history at a low cost 0 44.33
Nvidia's blowout earnings report shows chipmaker is gobbling up all the profit in AI 0 45.33
Hong Kong stocks gain over 2%, Asia markets rise as investors assess rate decisions in South Korea and Indonesia 0 44.33
Emerging economies group BRICS invites 6 new members, including Saudi Arabia and Iran 0 44.67
Goldman Sachs unloads another business acquired under CEO David Solomon 0 43
'Barbie' is now the highest-grossing domestic film release in 2023 0 43.67
Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows booked at Georgia jail, released on $100,000 bond in election case 0 44
DOJ sues SpaceX alleging hiring discrimination against refugees and asylum recipients 0 44.33
Investing in Space: The nascent market for tracking and removing debris from orbit 0 45.33
CNN news is coming to Warner Bros. Discovery streaming service Max 0 43.33
Shein strikes deal with fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 that will expand reach of both brands 0 43.33
Stocks sell off Thursday as Nvidia-led rally fizzles, Dow drops more than 300 points: Live updates 0 39.33
Turkey surprises with bigger-than-expected interest rate hike to 25% in bid to tame inflation 0 42.67
Subway sandwich chain sells itself to private equity firm Roark Capital 0 43.67

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