CBS News Bias and Reliability Overview

CBS News is the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System, owned by ViacomCBS. Founded in 1927, it is headquartered in New York City. Its most popular news programs are CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes. Its website records more than 61 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates CBS News in the middle 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 CBS News’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 47.80

Bias: -3.21

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 URL Bias Reliability
Supreme Court sides with Pennsylvania cheerleader punished for Snapchat post1.6748.67
Highly contagious Delta variant​ could cause next COVID-19 wave: "This virus will still find you"048
Biden touts 300 million COVID-19 vaccinations in 150 days-0.3347
Supreme Court sides with Nestle and Cargill in case alleging child slavery-0.6748.33
Daredevil Alex Harvill dies attempting world-record motorcycle jump046.33
Dash cam video shows a police officer running over a shooting victim who was calling 911 for help-0.6746
Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman to throw first pitch at Nationals game-346.33
Interracial marriages now more common, but not without challenges-643
G-7 leaders call for new investigation into COVID-19's origins048
Biden's ex-COVID adviser faults Trump administration for "deadly sins" at start of pandemic-3.6740
Gottlieb says Delta virus variant likely to become dominant U.S. strain047.67
Japan ramps up delayed COVID vaccination drive as Olympics near046
Biden says U.S. is "back at the table" as G-7 summit comes to close-1.6748.33
Meet the robots inside Amazon's fulfillment centers1.6745
Blinken says China "has to cooperate" with international probe into coronavirus origins-449.67
CBS News poll: Vaccinated or not, Americans venture out-2.3347.67
Susan Collins pushes "targeted, responsible" bipartisan infrastructure deal-5.6747
A Black Vietnam War veteran was nominated for the Medal of Honor. He's still waiting 56 years later.-3.6750.33
MLB moves All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia's new voting law-3.3348
Border Patrol facilities holding migrant children are "stretched beyond thin," independent monitor finds-2.6747.67
Matt Gaetz's communications director resigns as congressman faces allegations of sexual misconduct-1.6745.67
Cuomo reverses course, calls for special investigator amid sexual harassment allegations-0.3347.33
A viewer's guide to Joe Biden's inauguration-0.850.2
Lehigh University rescinds Trump's honorary degree after Capitol assault-646.33
Jake Angeli, Arizona QAnon supporter, taken into custody over assault on the U.S. Capitol-1.6746.33
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