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 ZDNet Least Biased based on minimal use of emotional language and editorializing. 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 1991, ZDNet is a business and technology news website that began as a subscription-based digital service called “ZiffNet” that offered computing information to users of CompuServe. According to their about page, “ZDNet brings together the reach of global and the depth of local, delivering 24/7 news coverage and analysis on the trends, technologies, and opportunities that matter to IT professionals and decision-makers.” The current editor is Larry Dignan.
Funded by / Ownership
ZDNet 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.
Analysis / Bias
In review, ZDNet publishes news and information regarding the computer and tech industry. News is broken down into topics such as Videos, Windows 10, 5G, IOT, Cloud, AI, and Security. They also offer online courses. Articles and headlines do not utilize loaded language such as this: NSA shares list of vulnerabilities commonly exploited to plant web shells. ZDNet is currently covering the Coronavirus as it relates to their industry with minimal bias such as this: The coronavirus crisis puts telcos back on the map as strategic providers.
Editorially, ZDNet does not directly report on politics, however, they cover political situation as it relates to the tech business such as this: Trump’s DOJ and Sun founder McNealy back Oracle in Google’s Android-Java fight. This story is appropriately sourced to supremecourt.gov and Reuters. In general, news reporting is factual and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate ZDNet Least Biased based on minimal use of emotional language and editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/26/2020)