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Editorial Review: Jul 2022
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CNBC is a news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Center.
What a "Center" Rating Means
Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Center either do not show much predictable media bias, display a balance of articles with left and right biases, or equally balance left and right perspectives.
Center doesn't mean better! A Center media bias rating does not necessarily mean a source is totally unbiased, neutral, perfectly reasonable, or credible, just as Left and Right don't necessarily mean extreme, wrong, unreasonable, or not credible. AllSides encourages people to read outlets across the political spectrum.Learn more about Center ratings
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CNBC Rated Center in July 2022 Small Group Editorial Review
In a July 2022 Small Group Editorial Review, AllSides rated CNBC Center overall, though reviewers noted some Lean Left bias indicators. While the panel gave an overall Center rating, a reviewer on the right argued there was a Lean Left bias overall; a Center panelist saw a Center bias, and a reviewer on the left said CNBC was “Center, but verging on Lean Left.” While some articles and story choices showed Lean Left bias, there were enough articles in the Center to convince the team to give a Center rating.
Much coverage did not show signs of bias, such as articles on Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the Supreme Court EPA ruling, and a vaccine mandate court challenge. These articles just gave the facts without employing spin, slant, or other types of media bias. An article on inflation criticized the Fed’s handling of the issue and was seen as Center, rather than a left or right perspective.
Some reviewers noted that coverage of social issues tended to lean left, such as around LGBTQ issues and abortion. For instance, CNBC published a story highlighting voices who say the overturning of Roe v. Wade will hurt “the ‘most marginalized’ women,” a lean left angle. It also published an article that focused on women’s reactions to the ruling — but it only included pro-choice voices against the ruling, and no pro-life voices in favor, amounting to bias by omission. Another article covered access to telehealth for “gender-affirming care” — the panel noted that positive, rather than critical coverage on this topic is more popular among the left. A piece on “climate change anxiety” was seen as a Lean Left choice, as well as a piece on “what it’s like working for an abortion provider right now.” The team also noted some anti-Trump story angles.
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As of December 2022, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for CNBC. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Left bias.
Confidence LevelConfidence is determined by how many reviews have been applied and consistency of data.
As of December 2022, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Center rating for CNBC. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.
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