CNN Cable News Bias and Reliability Overview

CNN (Cable News Network) is a 24-hour cable news channel with bureaus throughout the world. It’s the broadcast partner to the news website with the same name. Launched in 1980, CNN is part of Warner Media, a subsidiary of AT&T. Ad Fontes Media rates CNN Cable News as skews left in terms of bias and as mixed reliability 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 the CNN Cable News’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 36.00

Bias: -11.87

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 Program Scores

The following programs were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each program 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 program. To determine its reliability score, we consider the program’s veracity, expression, and its headline, chyrons and graphics. The background and quality of the guests also are considered. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the program’s overall reliability score.

To determine a program’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. The posture and presentation of the news by the hosts also are considered. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the program’s overall bias score.

Program Bias Reliability
Cuomo Prime Time -11.67 32.33
CNN NewsRoom with Poppy Harlow -10.00 41.67
CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin -17.00 32.33
Early Start -9.33 39.67
CNN NewsRoom with Poppy Harlow -13.67 38.67
At this Hour with Kate Bolduan -16.00 36.33
CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin -12.33 40.33
The Lead with Jake Tapper -12.33 36.33
The Situation Room -14.33 32.67
Cuomo Prime Time -16.67 33.33
CNN Tonight with Don Lemon -21 34.33
Early Start -12.25 40.25
Inside Politics -14.25 44.50
The Situation Room -11.00 36.50
Erin Burnett OutFront -23.75 29.50
Anderson Cooper 360 -11.00 33.00
CNN Tonight with Don Lemon -19.75 30.50
Fareed Zakaria -6.25 38.00
The Lead with Jake Tapper -6.75 46.50
Smerconish -2.25 38.50
Early Start 20.25 26.50
Anderson Cooper 360 -18.00 35.00
Erin Burnett OutFront -10.75 25.25
Smerconish -7.5 37.75
Reliable Sources -19.25 35.5

 

Previous ratings

The following ratings were compiled before Ad Fontes Media launched its current multi-analyst ratings project, using less rigorous methodology: