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: 45.02

Bias: -2.59

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
A nuclear plant that leaked 400,000 gallons of radioactive water will be shut down after second incident 0 44.33
Arch-rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia agree to revive ties, reopen embassies in China-brokered deal 0 47
JPMorgan sues ex-senior banker Jes Staley over Jeffrey Epstein ties 0 43.67
Bitcoin, ether fall after go-to crypto bank Silvergate announces liquidation 0 40.67
California will not renew a $54 million contract with Walgreens over abortion pill policy -9 42
Apple announces new classical music app that launches on March 28 0 40.67
Inside the mind of criminals: How to brazenly steal $100 billion from Medicare and Medicaid 0 46.67
GM offers buyouts to 'majority' of U.S. salaried workers 0.67 42.67
Biden budget would cut deficit by $3 trillion over next decade with 25% minimum tax on richest Americans -9 43.33
Biden wants more money for the FAA after air travel disruptions -4 43.67
Biden budget seeks $27.2 billion for NASA, with increases for moon and Mars programs -3.33 43.33
Democratic Rep. Angie Craig assaulted in apartment building elevator, her office says -1.33 46
GOP voters pick DeSantis over Trump in hypothetical head-to-head matchup for 2024 presidential nomination, new poll shows -1.33 45
U.S. explores working with India to increase economic competition against China, says Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo -1 45.33
Communities struggling with banking access give banks on wheels a spin -7.67 45.67
Fast food reigns supreme as inflation weighs on pricier restaurants 0 42.67
Disney CEO Bob Iger says he prefers to stay only two years, calls streaming 'the future' -0.67 41.67
Biden's billionaire tax is 'dead on arrival' in Congress, top Wall Street backers and Democratic strategists say -1.33 44
General Motors signs deal with GlobalFoundries for exclusive U.S. semiconductor production -0.33 45
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Sonos, Salesforce, Disney, Credit Suisse and more 0 42.33
34-year-old's startup, worth $1.5 billion and backed by Google, wants to make tutoring free for kids everywhere -0.67 42
Decades-low unemployment rate is welcome news for Biden ahead of State of the Union -9.67 43
Ukraine war live updates: Germany defers on letting allies send its tanks to Kyiv; Wagner Group could have up to 50,000 troops in Ukraine 0 46.67
Hasbro delays new Dungeons & Dragons licensing rules following fan backlash 0.33 45
Activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian won't pursue Wendy's takeover 0 44

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