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 appealing 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 WBBM – CBS Chicago Left-Center Biased based on political reporting that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1940, WBBM – CBS Chicago is a CBS-owned-and-operated television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States. The associated website is chicago.cbslocal.com that features local news, sports, weather, and crime for the greater Chicago area.
Funded by / Ownership
WBBM – CBS Chicago is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, which National Amusements, Inc owns. 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. Advertising and sponsored content generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the WBBM – CBS Chicago website publishes sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and local news for the greater Chicago region through CBSN. Local news articles and headlines use minimal emotionally loaded wording: Man Shot In Leg While Sitting Inside Grand Crossing Home. A video accompanies most stories from the TV station. National news stories are published from other CBS affiliates as well as the Associated Press.
Editorially, WBBM – CBS Chicago does not publish op-eds; however, they do report on politics with slightly more stories favoring the left, such as this Local Pastor Calls On President Biden To Declare Violence A Public Mental Health Crisis, As Gov. Pritzker Has Done. In general, the news is reported factually and with a slight left-leaning bias when covering politics.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate WBBM – CBS Chicago Left-Center Biased based on political reporting that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 06/29/2021)