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Editorial Review: Jul 2022
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About CBC News's Bias Rating
CBC News is a news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Lean Left.
CBC News is a top Canadian news source.
What a "Lean Left" Rating Means
Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Lean Left display media bias in ways that moderately align with liberal, progressive, or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas. A Lean Left bias is a moderately liberal rating on the political spectrum.Learn more about Lean Left ratings
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CBC News Rated Lean Left in July 2022 Small Group Editorial Review
An AllSides July 2022 Small Group Editorial Review returned a bias rating of Lean Left for CBC News. While the panel gave an overall rating of Lean Left, a reviewer on the left argued a Center bias overall; both a reviewer from the right and a reviewer from center saw a Lean Left bias.
Both the panelist on the left and the panelist on the right found the majority of news reporting to be neutral and fact-based; however, all panelists agreed that CBC News takes a lean left stance on coverage of social issues, and shows left-leaning word choice bias and bias by omission. CBC News published a story following the Roe v. Wade decision titled ‘Roe v. Wade reversal leads to 'heartbreaking' scenes at U.S. abortion clinics,’ which features only left-leaning voices. Another article calls abortion a “constitutional right” and the fetus a “visual weapon” of the right.
Additionally, an article covering LGBTQ issues mentions “anti-LGBTQ hate” in the U.S., a term typically used on the left, “where gender diversity and gender expression have become popular targets for Republican politicians, far-right groups and online trolls.” Most coverage of gun-related violence exhibits bias by omission, with statements such as “Democrats are hoping Biden's remarks encourage the bipartisan Senate talks and build pressure on the Republicans to strike an agreement” on gun policy changes, without prominently acknowledging right-leaning voices.
The panelists noted no major bias indicators in regards to COVID-19 vaccination information, though this topic is often less popular with right-leaning news outlets.
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As of November 2023, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for CBC News. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Left bias.
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As of November 2023, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Lean left rating for CBC News. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.