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. 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: 46.06

Bias: -2.03

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
Federal appeals court blocks Biden student debt relief program nationwide -0.67 44.67
Zelenskyy visits recaptured Kherson as alleged war crimes emerge; landmines pose a danger to liberators -0.67 46.67
Ukraine attacks Russian units in Kherson, saying Moscow didn't request a 'green corridor' for withdrawal 0 45.83
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's art collection tops $1.5 billion at auction 0 47.33
GM temporarily suspends advertising on Twitter following Elon Musk takeover 0 45
Big Tech falters on dreary earnings and forecasts for Q4— Meta has worst week ever, Amazon tumbles 13% 0 43.67
Apple stock closes out its best day since 2020 0 44.33
Chrysler and Jeep parent Stellantis offering buyouts to some U.S. salaried employees 0 45.33
Intruder at Pelosi home shouted 'where is Nancy?' before assaulting husband with hammer, source says -2.67 46.33
Trump loses latest court bid to block Congress from getting his income tax returns 0 49
Kamikaze drones and missiles hit north and south Ukraine; Kremlin denies Putin discussed war 'settlement' 0 44.67
Jan. 6 Capitol riot committee interviewed Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice 0 48.33
The U.S. and Europe are running out of weapons to send to Ukraine 3 41.67
The far-right is expected to win Italy's election in Rome's biggest political shift for decades -5.33 40.67
New York sues Donald Trump, company and family members over widespread fraud claims, seeks at least $250 million in penalties -2.33 46
Trump-linked SPAC to resume meeting Thursday as it seeks votes to delay merger with ex-president's firm -2.67 43.67
EU energy chief urges China and India to support a price cap on Russian oil 0 46.67
CDC Director Walensky to reorganize agency after admitting Covid pandemic response fell short -4.33 46
Dow jumps 400 points, Nasdaq surges 2% as investors cheer lighter-than-expected inflation report 0 49.67
With 87,000 new agents, here's who the IRS may target for audits 2 43.33
Trump SPAC deal threatened by federal criminal probe -1.33 45.33
'It's almost unbelievable': People are having their job offers rescinded days before they start 0 46.67
This flashy Bel Air mansion that was listed at $87.8 million flopped at auction — and now the seller is furious 0 43.67
Surging prices force consumers to ask: Can I live without it? 0 45
Empty canals, dead cotton fields: Arizona farmers are getting slammed by water cuts in the West -1 47.25

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