These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an 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.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
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.
Funded by / Ownership
CNET is owned by CBS Interactive, an American media company and 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 its quarterly print magazine sales.
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 much more to CNET. They report on science news, new technology, consumer electronics, cars, and smart home gadgets and produce tech-related videos and podcasts. 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 instead publishes information when it pertains to politics.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
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 (07/08/2022)
Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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