CBS has a Lean Left bias.
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Table of Contents
- CBS Bias Rated Lean Left in May 2021 Blind Bias Survey
- Community Feedback
- Political Contributions by CBS Employees
- Political Bias of CBS News' Audience
- About CBS
- Funding, Financing and Ownership
April/May 2021 Blind Bias Survey
On average, people across the political spectrum rated CBS news as Lean Left in our April/May 2021 Blind Bias Survey.
A total of 1,053 people rated the bias of CBS in this survey. The average rating for CBS News from people across the political spectrum — people who identified as Left, Lean Left, Center, Lean Right, or Right — was Lean Left.
Among the groups of people who self-identified as Left, Lean Left, Center, or Lean Right, a plurality of respondents rated CBS News as Center. A plurality of respondents who rated themselves as Right rated CBS News as Lean Left. The second most common response for CBS from people with a Right bias was Center; the second most common response from people from all other bias groups was Lean Left.
As of April 2017, a small majority of 1,300 AllSides users disagreed with this bias rating, which was consistent with July 2016, when a small majority of nearly 600 users disagreed with our rating of Lean Left.
Political Contributions by CBS Employees
In the 2008 election, CBS employees, along with the employees of two other two major broadcast television networks, donated $1,020,816 to the Democratic Party, while donating $142,863 to the Republican Party, according to an analysis by The Washington Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. (AllSides does not factor this data into its media bias ratings for these networks, but provides them as an FYI to our readers).
Political Bias of CBS News' Audience
According to the 2014 Pew Research Study, Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum, 40% of CBS News’s audience holds political values to the political left or left-of-center. About 20% of CBS News's audience holds right or right-of-center political values (compared with 38% of all respondents to the survey). Roughly 39% of CBS News's audience is considered to have mixed or center-aligned political values (compared with 36% of all respondents to the survey).
According to Wikipedia, "CBS News is the news division of the American television and radio service CBS. CBS News television programs include the CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, news magazine programs CBS News Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours, and Sunday morning political affairs program Face the Nation."
Funding, Financing and Ownership
Note: Funding and ownership is not taken into account when determining AllSides Media Bias Ratings. While it's true ownership and financial interests can affect what goes to print, our bias ratings are determined by assessing the bias of content only. We provide financial and ownership information as an FYI to our readers.
CBS news is owned by ViacomCBS. ViacomCBS “has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television, cable television, local television, radio, advertising, publishing, music and motion pictures.” Bob Bakish is the president and CEO of ViacomCBS. CBS is publicly traded.
Financing and ownership information last updated February 22, 2021. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.