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: 42.08

Bias: -6.72

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
5 takeaways from America’s biggest crackdown on crypto in history 0 43.67
Department of Education opens investigations over alleged incidents of antisemitism and Islamophobia 0 45.67
Mohammed Shami: Once the subject of online abuse, Indian bowler is celebrated ahead of Cricket World Cup final 0 43.67
Video: Biden called Xi a 'dictator.' See how China reacted 0 46
Video: Refugee describes alleged ethnic cleansing in El Geneina 0 49.67
Biden calls talks with Xi ‘constructive and productive’ -1.33 36.33
20 must-visit UNESCO World Hertiage Sites in Africa 0 41.33
Video: CNN reporter breaks down reactions to President Joe Biden meeting with China's Xi Jinping 0 38.67
Military analysis of the IDF raid of Gaza’s largest hospital 0 38.33
Supreme Court blocks Biden’s student loan forgiveness program -0.67 46
Homeowner insurance and climate have become major factors in real estate 0 47.33
20% of US offices are vacant. WeWork’s bankruptcy will make the problem worse 0 43.33
Meta ignored warnings on Instagram’s harm to teens, whistleblower says 0 48
DoorDash is testing warnings about bad service if you don’t tip your driver 0 41.67
Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren want FTC to probe blockbuster Exxon, Chevron mergers -3.33 41.67
Disney to acquire remaining stake in Hulu for $8.6 billion 0 41
T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach return to the air with a podcast. ‘Nothing is off limits’ for the former ABC anchors 0 40.33
Pilot indicted for threatening to shoot captain who tried to divert a commercial flight for medical emergency, officials say 0 42.33
Airlines cancel flights to Israel amid attacks 0 45.67
NYC heavy rain: More storms will hit the Northeast this weekend, threatening NYC flooding again -7 42.67
Dick Butkus death: Former Chicago Bears player passes away at age 80 0 44.67
DeSantis goes off on Trump, says we don’t need ‘any more presidents’ who’ve ‘lost the zip on their fastball’ -2.33 41.33
Tiangong: China to double the size of its space station as it offers an alternative to NASA-led ISS 0 44.67
Gavin Newsom says ‘divorce is not an option’ for US and China after Xi Jinping meeting 0 45.33
October 18, 2023 -2.33 42

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