These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate CNET Least Biased based on the publication of straightforward news without editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1994, CNET is an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on technology and consumer electronics. The current editors are Lindsey Turrentine and Connie Guglielmo.
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Funded by / Ownership
CNET is owned by CBS Interactive, which is an American media company and is a division of the CBS Corporation. It is an online content network for information and entertainment. Its websites cover news, sports, entertainment, technology, and business. The website generates revenue through online advertising and sales of their quarterly print magazine.
Analysis / Bias
In review, CNET could easily fall into our Pro-Science category as most content is related to tech or science and is factual. While their forte is the massive library of free and paid software and apps available for download, there’s a lot more to CNET as well. They report on science news, new technology, consumer electronics, cars, smart home gadgets, and produce tech-related videos and podcasts as well. There’s also an extensive how-to section for getting the most out of your electronics, and a deals section for finding the best stuff at the best price.
While CNET doesn’t often report on politics, they do when it pertains to their genre. For example, in this article regarding Trump and a tech company, they utilize minimally loaded language and source properly: Trump reiterates Huawei as ‘national security threat’. CNET typically does not take editorial positions, but rather just publishes information when it pertains to politics.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate CNET Least Biased based on the publication of straightforward news without editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Kelley 2/23/2017) Updated (9/12/2019)
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