Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates CNN in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. CNN (Cable News Network) posts news and information online 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bureaus throughout the world. is the digital partner to the cable news channel with the same name. Begun in 1980, CNN is part of Warner Media, a subsidiary of AT&T.

Overall Score

The following are CNN’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 42.70

Bias: -8.92

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 URLBiasReliability
Analysis: Joe Biden cranks up pressure as Vladimir Putin mulls Ukraine invastion-244
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. invokes Nazi Germany in offensive anti-vaccine speech-5.6745.33
Gonzaga University suspends Hall of Famer John Stockton's season tickets over his defiance of Covid-19 mask mandate047.67
Five people were found dead inside a Wisconsin home in a suspected homicide048.67
'Shameless,' former NBC host says of the Olympics returning to Beijing041.67
Biden's "I don't believe polls" is the worst answer from his press conference-2420.67
Emergency order to address green crab infestation in Washington-242.67
Czech coronavirus: Folk singer dies after deliberately getting infected with Covid-19-0.6744.67
DeSantis says he regrets not speaking out 'much louder' against Trump's recommendation to stay home-640.67
Oath Keepers leader spewed anti-government hate for more than a decade. Alex Jones gave him the audience-442.33
Thieves in LA are looting freight trains filled with packages from UPS, FedEx and Amazon-1.6745.67
Lindsey Graham just threatened Mitch McConnell over Donald Trump-1038
Trump allies' fake Electoral College certificates offer fresh insights about plot to overturn Biden's victory-13.3346.33
Snowstorm kills at least 21 tourists at Pakistani resort046.33
Camels ejected from beauty contest over Botox use and other 'tampering'035.67
January 6 committee flexes its power as Bannon indictment serves as a warning to other reluctant witnesses-338.67
Fact-checking claims that migrants on the Southern border are to blame for Covid surge-6.3336.33
Takeaways from Wednesday at COP26: China and US surprise summit, negotiations heat up, car deal flops-0.6743
Aaron Rodgers' State Farm commercials are disappearing from your TV-442
Federal judge skeptical of Trump's efforts to block release of presidential documents-344.67
Vaccine rule for larger employers, federal contractors and certain health care workers to take effect January 4-2.3345.67
Durham probe: Russian analyst who was source for Steele dossier arrested and charged with lying to FBI046.33
The global supply chain nightmare is about to get worse-144
AT&T played key role in founding of far-right conspiracy outlet OAN, channel's president said in court-11.3321.67
Beaches sit empty and fragile habitats hang in the balance as crews race to clean up a Southern California oil spill-1.6745.67