CNET Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates CNET in the Middle category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. CNET (Computer Network) is a website that publishes reviews, news and analysis on technology and electronics. Founded in 1994, it is now owned by Red Ventures. In addition to the website, CNET shares information via videos and newsletters.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 39.75

Bias: -1.61

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
Twitter Check Marks: A Handy Guide for The New Color Code 0 38.33
Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Pay Nearly $9 Billion in Baby Powder Lawsuits -0.67 32.67
Stomach Problems? A Food Elimination Diet Could Help 0 42
Apple Patent Design Hints at AirPods With an Interactive Display 0 41.67
Super Mario Creators Reveal What They Really Think of the Movie 0 39.67
What Is Compound Interest? 0 12.67
Tesla Customers Are Getting Turned Off by Elon Musk's Twitter Meltdowns -7 36.67
Dark Brandon: Joe Biden Meme Gets Even More Hype After Student Loan Forgiveness -8.33 39.33
Luna Crypto Crash: How UST Broke, Why It Matters and What's Next 0.67 45
Kamala Harris is right to be wary of Bluetooth headphones -4.67 34.33
Apple tightens its grip on remote work, report says 0 43
Twitter rolls out auto captions for voice tweets after accessibility backlash 0 41.67
In historic first, NASA spacecraft maps what lurks below surface of Mars 0 46.67
Facebook rolls out cloud games on Apple devices through a web app 0 42.33
Facebook pushes back against Biden comments about vaccinations 0 47
Military-grade spyware reportedly found on phones of journalists, activists 0 46.33
Federal judge rules DACA is illegal, blocks new applicants 0 48.33
Virgin Galactic's launching Richard Branson to space: Why you should care -0.33 44.33
Biden signs order pushing for scrutiny of tech giants, right to repair and more 0 45
Can ivermectin be used to treat COVID-19? What you should know 0 46.67
Google employees angered by search giant's 'hypocritical' remote work policies -0.67 40.33
Facebook teaches AI-powered robot to adapt while walking 0 42.67
Does your family qualify for the child tax credit? Income rules and more 0 49
Google, Alphabet employees to form union so they have a 'meaningful say' -4.67 48.67
Apple board adds Monica Lozano, education advocate and ex-journalist -1 46

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