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: 48.83

Bias: -3.75

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
A Black Vietnam War veteran was nominated for the Medal of Honor. He's still waiting 56 years later.-3.6750.46
MLB moves All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia's new voting law-3.3348.13
Border Patrol facilities holding migrant children are "stretched beyond thin," independent monitor finds-2.6747.8
Matt Gaetz's communications director resigns as congressman faces allegations of sexual misconduct-1.6745.81
Cuomo reverses course, calls for special investigator amid sexual harassment allegations-0.3347.43
A viewer's guide to Joe Biden's inauguration-0.849.96
Lehigh University rescinds Trump's honorary degree after Capitol assault-646.43
Jake Angeli, Arizona QAnon supporter, taken into custody over assault on the U.S. Capitol-1.6746.48
Capitol secured after assault from Trump supporters-4.6747.52
Allen Apologizes For 'Macaca' Comment-351.12
Pope Francis refuses to meet with Mike Pompeo ahead of 2020 election-2.3348.49
Rep. Katie Porter gives pharma executive the "whiteboard" treatment-6.6748.5
President Trump and first lady Melania test positive for COVID-19-3.3351.48
Judge halts Trump and Barr law enforcement report, citing commission's lack of diversity-748.85
Migrant caravan sets off from Honduras with eyes on U.S. border-1.6749.39
Trump begins Remdesivir therapy while spending the night in the hospital-449.93
Trump says he wears masks "when needed" and mocks Biden's masks-7.2546.01
Migrant caravan sets off from Honduras with eyes on U.S. border-9.6748.77
Disney to lay off 28,000 theme park workers0.3350.27
Facebook removes Trump ads about Joe Biden, COVID-19 and refugees-549.16
Rescuers race to move whales out of Scottish loch before major military exercise051
Trump says "don't be afraid of COVID" as U.S. death toll tops 210,000-3.547.7
Postal Service changes, coronavirus relief deadlock have lawmakers worried about November-2.3351.45
CDC director says U.S. could have "worst fall" ever if public health measures are not followed-2.6750.11
Lake Fire in California continues to rage, growing to 11,000 acres0.6753.19