These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate CBS News Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1929, CBS News is the news division of American television and radio service CBS. The president of CBS News is Susan Zirinsky CBS News has multiple television broadcasts that consist of CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, news magazine programs CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, and Sunday morning political affairs program Face the Nation. They also have CBS Radio News that is broadcast on 100’s of radio stations in the USA, as well as a 24-hour digital news network, CBSN.
Funded by / Ownership
CBS News is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, which is owned by National Amusements, Inc. They are operated by the third generation leadership of the Redstone family. The President of National Amusements, and chairwoman of the company is Shari Ellin Redstone. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
CBS News is considered a mainstream USA media source that reports news with a left-leaning bias in story selection. In other words, they are more likely to report on a story that is favorable to the left or more critical of the right. However, CBS News always sources their information properly and covers both sides of stories. The wording of headlines utilizes minimal loaded words such as this: Trump denies advance knowledge of son’s meeting with Russian lawyer.
A 2014 Pew Research Survey found that 40% of CBS News’ audience is consistently or mostly liberal, 39% Mixed and 20% consistently or mostly conservative. This indicates that CBS News is preferred by a more liberal audience.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate CBS News Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing. (5/16/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 01/11/2020)