CNBC – Bias and Credibility

CNBC - Left Center Bias - Liberal - Progressive - Democrat - CredibleFactual Reporting: Mostly Factual - Mostly Credible and Reliable


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 audienceappealingpeal 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 CNBC Left-Center Biased based on story selection that leans left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to two failed fact checks.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic


Launched in 1989 as a cable business news network by NBC, CNBC “Consumer News and Business Channel” is a cable TV channel located in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In 1991, CNBC acquired the 10-year-old cable news channel Financial News Network (FNN) (owned by Rodney Buchser, Dr. Glen H. Taylor, and Merrill Lynch) for $105 million dollars and merged with CNBC. CNBC primarily focuses on reporting about business, finance, and commerce. The Chairman of CNBC is Mark Hoffman, and he reports to Stephen B. Burke (CEO of NBC Universal). Jay Yarow is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor for CNBC Digital, responsible for setting the editorial direction for all CNBC Digital products and services.

Some CNBC programs and hosts are “Squawk Box,” hosted by Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, as well as “Closing Bell,” anchored by Sara Eisen and Wilfred Frost, “Squawk Alley,” hosted by Morgan Brennan, Carl Quintanilla, Jon Fortt, and “Mad Money” hosted by Jim Cramer. On 7/8/2020, Shepard Smith from Fox News was hired as the Chief General News Anchor.

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Funded by / Ownership

CNBC is owned by NBC Universal, which Comcast owns. Comcast’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) are Brian L. Roberts, founded by his father, Ralph J. Roberts. CNBC’s revenue is mainly derived from advertising and cable subscription fees.

Analysis / Bias

In review, CNBC uses emotionally loaded headlines such as “Billionaire megadonor Robert Mercer cuts back on support for GOP after being scrutinized for backing Trump” and “Trump resumes attack on the Fed as markets sink again.” CNBC typically utilizes credible sources such as, (federal election commission), (Quinnipiac University), and Bloomberg News.

While news reporting is typically balanced and related to financial news, there is frequent negative coverage of former President Trump, such as this: A potential Trump impeachment is a ‘huge risk’ for 2019, expert saysIn general, story selection moderately favors the left, which has resulted in criticism of liberal bias by Right-leaning Real Clear Politics.

Failed Fact Checks

Overall, we rate CNBC Left-Center Biased based on story selection that leans left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to two failed fact checks. (10/27/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 07/08/2022)


This poll is for entertainment purposes and does not change our overall rating.

Last Updated on May 19, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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