Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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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 the overall bias and reliability scores for CNN (website) according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 42.45

Bias: -8.59

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
Hours before the Albuquerque killings suspect was publicly identified, CNN reporters were inside his home. Here's what happened047.67
Republicans rush to Trump's defense after FBI executes search warrant at Mar-a-Lago-7.3341.33
Sandy Hook family attorney exposes Alex Jones' dishonesty during brutal cross-examination042.33
'Kansas will not be our last fight': Abortion rights victory gives Democrats new hope for midterms-13.3340.33
WNBA star Brittney Griner apologizes to Russian court ahead of verdict in drug-smuggling trial048
Kansas abortion ballot measure: Thunderclap victory gives Democrats a potent midterm issue-1139.67
Senate passes long-sought bill to help veterans affected by burn pits-2.3345.67
Top lawmakers renew call for DHS IG to step aside from investigation into missing texts, citing CNN reporting-547.67
Uvalde mayor says he fears a cover-up of investigation into school massacre and calls on Texas Gov. Abbott to intervene-1.6745.33
Supreme Court rules school district cannot prohibit football coach's prayers on field-4.6744.67
Supreme Court Roe v. Wade leak investigation heats up as clerks are asked for phone records in unprecedented move-3.6747.33
Trump taints Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary with fresh fraud lies-17.3329.67
Why shrugging off Joe Rogan's use of the n-word is so dangerous-17.6720.33
Elon Musk says Twitter deal can't happen until bot account dispute is resolved045
Trump: Barnette will never win Pennsylvania-3.3345.33
John Roberts calls Supreme Court leak 'absolutely appalling'-239.67
It's impossible to wall off reversing Roe from landmark marriage and contraception rulings-11.6734.33
Amber Heard takes the stand in Johnny Depp defamation trial042.67
A federal judge accepts Derek Chauvin's plea deal and will sentence him to 20 to 25 years-1.6745.67
Fed raises interest rates by half a percentage point046
Tennessee’s governor has halted executions for an independent review into lethal injections following an inmate’s last-minute reprieve-1.6745
Lake Powell officials face an impossible choice in the West's megadrought: Water or electricity-4.6742.33
Dozens of buildings leveled after a powerful tornado tears through Wichita area046.33
Whose freedom is it?-4.3336.33
Suspect in DC shooting that wounded 4 is dead, police say047.33