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: 42.60

Bias: -8.45

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
Historic trial for Oath Keepers leader and his top lieutenants over January 6 set to begin -1 45.67
Opinion: DeSantis chose Martha’s Vineyard for a reason -16.33 34.67
Mahsa Amini death: Iran restricts internet as protest deaths mount 0 46.33
Legal group files class action lawsuit on behalf of advocacy group and migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard -9.67 43.33
Turks and Caicos under shelter-in-place order as Hurricane Fiona slams islands after leaving 5 dead across the Caribbean 0 51
The migrants sent to Martha's Vineyard have been voluntarily taken to a military base for support, officials say -6.67 43.33
Oberlin College to pay $36.59M to bakery owners who claim they were falsely accused of racism -7.67 42.33
DOJ and Trump each propose 2 special masters for Mar-a-Lago probe 0 45
Trump-backed Geoff Diehl will take on Democrat Maura Healey in Massachusetts governor's race, CNN projects -10.33 41
This city has around 20 days of fresh water left. Officials are racing to find another source 0 49.33
Suspect in Argentine VP assassination attempt arrested in 2021 for carrying weapon -0.67 46.33
NASA once again calls off Artemis I launch due to technical issues 0 48.33
Donald Trump has repeatedly called for lengthy jail sentences for those who he claimed mishandled classified information -11 41.33
Pilot arrested after threatening to crash plane into Mississippi Walmart and eventually landing in a field, police say 0 49.67
Timeline: Liz Cheney's political career, from Republican scion to champion of democracy -1 44.33
Trump considering releasing surveillance footage of FBI Mar-a-Lago search -3.67 36.67
Georgia governor asks judge to quash subpoena for him to appear before grand jury -4.67 41
American farmers are killing their own crops and selling cows because of extreme drought 0 48
Co-pilot who exited a plane in mid-air during a North Carolina flight was 'visibly upset' and possibly sick prior to departing without a parachute, NTSB says 0 49.33
How Liz Cheney lost Wyoming's lone seat in the House -5 39.33
Around 1 million children in London offered polio boosters after virus is detected in sewage -2.67 47.67
Hours before the Albuquerque killings suspect was publicly identified, CNN reporters were inside his home. Here's what happened 0 47.67
Republicans rush to Trump's defense after FBI executes search warrant at Mar-a-Lago -7.33 41.33
Sandy Hook family attorney exposes Alex Jones' dishonesty during brutal cross-examination 0 42.33
'Kansas will not be our last fight': Abortion rights victory gives Democrats new hope for midterms -13.33 40.33

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