CNN Bias and Reliability Overview

CNN (Cable News Network) posts news and information online 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bureaus throughout the world. CNN.com 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. Ad Fontes Media rates CNN in the skews left category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 43.53

Bias: -9.00

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
Restrictive abortion bill introduced in Florida mirrors controversial Texas law-8.3345
Member of CIA chief's team reported Havana syndrome symptoms on recent trip to India045
Ron DeSantis leans into mask-mandate fights as Covid cases soar in Florida-15.6734.33
Opinion: The 'wet bulb' warning-1.6743.67
Joe Biden's botched Afghanistan exit is a disaster at home and abroad long in the making-2.3337.67
James Comer wants an independent commission to study January 6. Who wants to tell him?-14.3332.33
Tennessee's former vaccine manager said she was sent a dog muzzle before she was fired-6.242.6
Several tied to Haiti assassination plot were previously US law enforcement informants045.67
White House goes into damage control mode after reports of dysfunction in Kamala Harris' office-539.67
Opinion: Why Derek Chauvin's sentence doesn't resolve things for me-9.6733
Opinion: Don't get comfortable after getting Juneteenth holiday-12.3330.67
What's open and closed on Friday now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday046.33
Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Affordable Care Act, leaving it in place044.67
Manchin signals he's not ready to buck Republicans on key issues046
Dr. Anthony Fauci says publicly released email about lab leak is being misconstrued-2.3342.67
How Trump and McConnell set the final pieces for the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade-8.6745
'Black fungus' in India: What we know about the disease affecting Covid patients048
Hamas predicts ceasefire is 'imminent' amid growing global pressure-249.33
Analysis: Why Biden is not diving into Middle East peace brokering-7.6738.67
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs restrictive voting bill-7.6743.67
Justice for George Floyd: What Matters-246
Why Matt Gaetz's days in politics are likely numbered-1035
Map: See where lawmakers have introduced bills that would make it harder to vote-741.67
Republican congresswomen revoke endorsements of Texas GOP candidate after 'hurtful and untrue' comments about Chinese immigrants-3.3348
Obama congratulates MLB for 'taking a stand' against Georgia election law as Trump calls for boycott-4.6747.67