Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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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. The website records 91 million visits and the TV channel reaches 5.7 million viewers per month. 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: 46.19

Bias: -2.21

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
Dow jumps 400 points, Nasdaq surges 2% as investors cheer lighter-than-expected inflation report049.67
With 87,000 new agents, here's who the IRS may target for audits243.33
Trump SPAC deal threatened by federal criminal probe-1.3345.33
'It's almost unbelievable': People are having their job offers rescinded days before they start046.67
This flashy Bel Air mansion that was listed at $87.8 million flopped at auction — and now the seller is furious043.67
Surging prices force consumers to ask: Can I live without it?045
Empty canals, dead cotton fields: Arizona farmers are getting slammed by water cuts in the West-147.25
EU agrees on landmark law aimed at forcing Big Tech firms to tackle illegal content0.3346
Migrants arrive in D.C. on buses sent by GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott-146.2
Inside the consulting firm run by Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas-16.6744.67
NATO to OK 'major increases' of troops; Ukraine appears to be retaking ground near Kyiv045
Biden unveils a new 'unity agenda' at his first State of the Union address-9.6743.33
As U.S. and European businesses cut ties with Russia, Chinese tech firms remain silent048
Gap shares rise after retailer issues strong earnings guidance, despite weak revenue outlook046
U.S. imposes new sanctions on pro-Putin Russian oligarchs and their families over Ukraine invasion048.67
Block CFO says customers repay almost all buy now, pay later loans046.67
Disney parks business roars back as company beats earnings expectations, stock soars046
Credit Suisse ends tumultuous year with big loss as litigation costs bite045.67
More countries reopen to travelers, signaling a big shift in pandemic thinking048
Last responders: Mental health damage from Covid could last a generation, professionals say046.33
From poisoning to coup, Putin has a 'spectrum of options' against Ukraine, think tank says042.33
Black unemployment rate dips, labor force participation rises in January-2.3348
Delta asks the Justice Department to put unruly travelers on a 'no-fly' list-1.6746.67
Fresh inflation data could fuel further market volatility in the week ahead041.67
66-year-old retiree who left the U.S. for Mexico: 'Here's what you can buy here for $5 or less'044.67