CNN Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates CNN (website) in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. CNN (website) (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 owned by Warner Bros. Discovery.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 42.44

Bias: -7.82

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
'Lord of the Rings' TV series: What happens when 'wokeness' comes to Middle-earth -0.67 38.33
Inside the US and German standoff over sending tanks to Ukraine -1 47.33
New York man arrested, charged with assault and aggravated harassment in alleged New Year’s Eve anti-Asian attack -1.67 45.33
White House defends releasing incomplete information about classified documents 0 45.33
Michael Cohen meets with NY prosecutors looking into Trump Org. and Stormy Daniels payments -6.33 44
Live updates: Brian Walshe facing murder warrant related to wife Ana Walshe's disappearance 0 48
Andrei Medvedev: Former Wagner commander flees to Norway 0 54
Martin Luther King Jr monument in Boston prompts mockery and criticism 0 44.83
Goshen, California shooting: 6 people, including a baby, were killed in a 'massacre' that is likely gang-related, California sheriff's office says 0 46
Selena Gomez responds to body shamers following Golden Globes appearance 0 44.33
Madonna wipes her Instagram in preparation for suspected tour announcement 0 40.33
Nepal plane crash: At least 68 killed as Yeti Airlines aircraft comes down near city of Pokhara 0 46.67
How Ukraine became a laboratory for Western weapons and battlefield innovation 0 42.67
Joshimath: A Himalayan gateway in India's Uttarakhand state is sinking -1.33 46
A corrupt file led to the FAA ground stoppage. It was also found in the backup system 0 45
Biden’s legal team found another batch of classified documents in search of second location 0 44.67
The speaker fight is over but the chaos is just beginning -8 37.67
Analysis: McCarthy is speaker, but the extremists hold the power -16 28
Voting Rights Act: Another 'radical' change could reach the Supreme Court -11 36.33
Biden’s legal team found another batch of classified documents in search of second location -1.33 43.33
Proud Boys sedition trial marked by courtroom drama and fighting After weeks of turmoil, Proud Boys trial set to move to opening arguments -2 46
Analysis: The most chilling warning for Americans from Brazil's version of January 6 -8 37
There are clear distinctions between Trump and Biden’s two cases -7.67 41
The GOP may regret McCarthy’s concessions in 2024 -13.33 33.33
Woman who attacked a Black teenager while falsely accusing him of stealing her phone pleads guilty to hate crime charge 0 45.33

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