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: 43.68

Bias: -9.17

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
Why Matt Gaetz's days in politics are likely numbered-1035.04
Syria forced to ration fuel as stricken ship keeps Suez Canal blocked-0.6748.07
'Cancel culture' or corporate cowardice?-6.3338.44
It's now illegal in Georgia to give food and water to voters in line-646.74
How Biden's massive Covid relief bill was put on a glide path to passage-146.19
Opinion: Without a global vaccine plan, coronavirus variants could lead to untold number of deaths-640.3
Trump and his CPAC fans lead GOP down a losing path (Opinion)5.3334.19
100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard charged with Holocaust atrocities045.91
Last year's American economy shrank the most since 1946044.96
Trump's been impeached again. What's next?-6.242.48
Biden to be inaugurated as 46th president as Trump leaves Washington-9.545.93
In a last-minute move, NSA installing Trump loyalist as general counsel-642.9
Trump explodes at Nixon comparisons as he prepares to leave office-642.59
Capitol riots unleashed long-term danger, experts warn-8.3336.57
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner face new cold post-insurrection reality-6.3333.39
You might remember Russel Honoré for his response to Hurricane Katrina. Now he'll assess US Capitol security-1.3346.66
How some states are administering Covid-19 vaccines at twice the speed of others-0.6747.31
The world will take away a tragic truth from Biden's inauguration -- Meanwhile in America-832.08
Trump's final full week in office ends with the nation in disarray-1043.1
Pennsylvania man accused of striking Capitol cop with fire extinguisher is charged-0.3350.52
Rioters breached US Capitol security on Wednesday. This was the police response when it was Black protesters on DC streets last year-836.49
Melania Trump statue in Slovenia removed after being set on fire-147.07
Debate commission to mute candidates during their opponent's initial responses to prevent interruptions-249.44
Portrait of a loyal Jeffrey Epstein defender emerges from unsealed Ghislaine Maxwell deposition043.72
READ: Trump's doctor releases statement after the President and first lady test positive for Covid-19053.86