CBS Online News’ bias is Lean Left. Note: AllSides rates the bias of online media only, not print, television, or radio content.
The AllSides Bias Rating™ for CBS News is leans left. As of April 2017, a small majority of 1,300 AllSides users disagree with this bias rating which is consistent with July of 2016 when a small majority of nearly 600 users disagreed with our rating of leans left. However, as of now, there is not enough data to change the bias rating of lean left, so the rating remains.
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 only 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.
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).
More About CBS News
CBS News is a news and information corporation providing services through television, radio, and the Internet. CBS Radio News was founded in 1927 by William S. Paley, and in 1941, the television channel was created. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. It is the second largest broadcaster in the world behind the BBC. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of the company's logo. CBS hosts award-winning programs such as 60 Minutes, Face The Nation, and 48 Hours. CBS broadcasts internationally in Canada, Mexico, Guam, Australia, and throughout Europe and Asia. The channel now broadcasts breaking news 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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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.