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. It’s 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 as skews left in terms 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: 43.87

Bias: -10.26

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
Pennsylvania man accused of striking Capitol cop with fire extinguisher is charged-0.3350.65
Rioters breached US Capitol security on Wednesday. This was the police response when it was Black protesters on DC streets last year-836.48
Melania Trump statue in Slovenia removed after being set on fire-146.96
Debate commission to mute candidates during their opponent's initial responses to prevent interruptions-249.34
Portrait of a loyal Jeffrey Epstein defender emerges from unsealed Ghislaine Maxwell deposition043.77
READ: Trump's doctor releases statement after the President and first lady test positive for Covid-19053.82
A timeline of Trump and those in his orbit during a week of coronavirus developments-3.6752.56
Coronavirus update: Latest world news for October 2-3.3348.39
READ: Trump's doctor releases statement after the President and first lady test positive for Covid-19053.49
Your first look at Jim Carrey as Joe Biden on 'SNL' has arrived037
What Matters: Yes, Republicans freed the slaves. They were NOT these Republicans.-12.6734.46
Fact checking Gov. Cuomo's false claim about Covid-positive patients and nursing homes049.37
Michigan attorney general charges right-wing political operatives with intimidating voters through robocalls-12.6744.96
Trump campaign did not alert Biden campaign of possible exposure-446.36
Maxine Waters encourages supporters to harass Trump administration officials-7.3345.45
Trump's positive Covid-19 test throws country into fresh upheaval-5.3348.37
New batch of memos from Mueller investigation released-356.39
Trump makes fun of Biden's mask-wearing habits-2.3348.05
RNC chairwoman tests positive for coronavirus-2.3349.74
Texas governor limits election drop boxes to one per county in sprawling state-13.6742.86
Trump on Covid death toll: 'It is what it is'-9.6748.44
Donald Trump vows to appoint a woman to Supreme Court as vacancy re-energizes his political prospects-12.3345.8
Breonna Taylor had big plans before police knocked down her door in deadly raid-7.3348.08
Secretly recorded tapes show Melania Trump's frustration at criticism for family separation policy and her bashing of Christmas decorations-1144.45
Joe Rogan spread dangerous misinformation about fires. Now he says he's sorry-152.1
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump test positive for Covid-19-9.3347.56
Fox News paid Kimberly Guilfoyle's former assistant $4 million after sexual harassment accusations, New Yorker reports-1545.37
How a positive coronavirus test sent this state's legislature into chaos-1741.05
Trump mocks MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi for getting shot with rubber bullet-10.3321.87
How Donald Trump completely whiffed on his debate mask answer-10.3332.53
Graham commits to supporting Trump 'in any effort to move forward' in filling Ginsburg's seat-2.6744.78
McConnell vows Trump's nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote, setting up historic fight-2.6747.45
Oklahoma police officer dies after traffic stop shooting-0.3352.66
Trump's taxes show why he *really* ran for president-22.3328.9
A Nebraska bar owner who was indicted in the fatal shooting of a Black protester has died by suicide-152.02
Trump administration announces $13 billion in additional aid to Puerto Rico-14.6740.1
Trump booed as he pays respects to Ginsburg at court-446.74
Seattle police officer captured on video riding his bicycle over a protester's head placed on leave-2.6751.09
Trump downplayed Hope Hicks' Covid diagnosis on Fox hours before announcing he also tested positive-12.2540.6
Trump won't stop interfering in the election-11.6740.31
Trump ally Lindsey Graham thinks the President should release tax returns-6.3344.98
'Fox & Friends' attempts to coach Trump after his disastrous debate performance-10.3340.41
Biden uses 'inshallah' in response to Trump during debate, lighting up Twitter-11.6737.76
Revelations on Trump's tax returns stoke long-held national security concerns-10.9237.53
2020 election: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death throws dramatic election into even more chaos-8.6744.42
In Las Vegas, the show cannot go on-148.73
The Republican Senate nightmare is coming true-745.87
The 42 most shocking lines from Donald Trump's Fox Business interview-24.6734.96
Kamala Harris just showed why Biden chose her as his running mate-13.6738.09
Lawyers mobilize for an all-out battle over America's election (Opinion)-15.6740.37
Trump says he opposes funding USPS because of mail-in voting-1342.77
Voters will be looking for more than just symbolism in Biden and Harris (Opinion)-1034.83
What I fear about remote learning (opinion)-9.3334.61
Tropical Storm Gonzalo sets a record as it churns toward the Caribbean-0.6754.64
Murder of men's rights activist linked to suspected shooter of federal judge's family, FBI confirms-3.1750.07
Convent outside Detroit lost 13 nuns to Covid-19 with 12 dying in one month-352.69
Rand Paul on Liz Cheney: 'I don't think she's good for the country'-3.3346.04
US orders closure of Chinese consulate in Houston0.6752.42
Stimulus negotiations: Republican venting session shows just how deep GOP rifts go047.75
Alan Garcia, former Peru president, dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound-0.2549.35
A gun in a diaper bag went off, injuring dad and daughter. Now the dad has died-446.43
Greta Thunberg meets Pope after scolding EU leaders over climate change-1239.99
As Notre Dame burned, Emmanuel Macron carried France on his shoulders234.44
Sudan: Omar al-Bashir transferred to maximum-security prison-0.3349.23
Europe threatens tariffs on American ketchup, cheese and fish over Boeing subsidies-1.7546.9
UK joins forces with Nigeria to fight human trafficking-1.552.41
Bahrain revokes citizenship of 138 people in mass trial-9.2549.09
Israeli flight attendant in coma after getting measles-0.6747.08
Stephen Colbert cancels a surprise trip to New Zealand after the mass shootings-2.545.38
Takeaways from the Michael Cohen search warrants-351.58
For the first time, mathematics' most prestigious prize has been awarded to a woman, Karen Uhlenbeck-2.2549.85
Elizabeth Warren nailed it-13.3327.61
Cohen was paid more than $500,000 from company linked to Russian oligarch-2.3345.34
Teen pleads guilty to pushing friend off bridge058.68
Elizabeth Warren just had her best moment of the 2020 campaign-12.6731
White House misses Democrats' deadline to turn over docs-140.16
Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her-1.6737.18
CNN Poll: Harris climbs in the Democratic race, as enthusiasm starts high for both parties-449.11
Trump Organization points to info removed from law firm website as it alleges conflict of interest-450.8
Republicans force climate-related hearing to adjourn after only 2 Democrats show up-551.29
House passes resolution to overturn Trump's emergency declaration on border wall-447.3
House panel to Dems: Russia off limits in Cohen's public hearing-2.7551.13
Matt Gaetz just straight-out threatened Michael Cohen-18.7526.42
Is America's apathy finally over?-1326.09
No matter who wins the runoff election, Chicago will elect its first black woman mayor-8.7544.63
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Ivanka Trump-12.7549.92
Michael Cohen will testify that Trump knew Roger Stone talked with WikiLeaks about DNC email dump-860.63
Emails show Stephen Miller targeted Rubio, had editorial sway at Breitbart-9.8642.89
Stephen Miller has to go-10.2531.35
Here's the latest on what happened in another wild couple of days of the Trump-Ukraine scandal-8.8842.17