CNN (Web News) media bias rating is Lean Left.

Note that this rating only refers to the news web pages at, not CNN cable TV nor opinion or editorial pieces online or elsewhere. We changed the title of this page from CNN to CNN Web News on October 27th, 2017 We have rated the media bias for CNN editorial as left. To see why we split CNN Web News from CNN editorial, please refer to our CNN Editorial Review from December 21st, 2017.

On March 27th, 2018, our rating for CNN moved from Center to Lean Left. After conducting deep analysis invloving our entire team, we came the the conclusion that it was time to change the rating. More details of the analysis will be released soon. 


In general, the AllSides Media Bias Rating™ only evaluates the news section of the news website. More often than not, that bias rating also matches the rating for the news source through other medium (print, television, radio), and generally also matches the leanings of the editorial and opinion pieces from the publication. There are exceptions. For example, the media bias ratings for the Wall Street Journal consistently show a down the middle center bias for its news pages while the editorial section is clearly right.

The AllSides Bias Rating for CNN (Web News) evaluates the media bias of CNN's online journalism, not the television news channel.

This media bias rating also only refers to the news articles at, not opinion or editorial pieces. (The distinction between news and opinion are becoming increasingly blurred, especially on TV.) We have rated the media bias for CNN editorial as left.

The results from our original January 2013 and October 2013 blind surveys conducted by AllSides and the UCLA 2005 study all rate CNN as center. However, the scores in both of the blind surveys are on the border of center, leaning towards left.

As of July 2016, the majority of about 7,500 AllSides users agree with our bias rating of center. When those who disagreed were asked what CNN’s bias rating should be, the average of their votes was lean left. All of these results suggest that CNN is on the border of center and lean left, so further analysis will continue.

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CNN was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel, the first 24-hour news channel at the tine. In April 2016, an executive of CNN said that the channel “is no longer a TV news network,” but “a 24-hour global multiplatform network.” CNN is among the world's leaders in online news and information delivery. Staffed 24 hours, seven days a week by a dedicated staff in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and in bureaus worldwide, CNN relies heavily on its global team of almost 4,000 news professionals. The CNN website features the latest multimedia technologies, from live video streaming to audio packages to searchable archives of news features and background information. The site is updated continuously throughout the day. CNN is available in over 100 million American households. In 1998, the Four Freedom Award for the Freedom of Speech was awarded to CNN.


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The AllSides Media Bias RatingTM reflects the average judgment of the American people. We don't use a convoluted mathematical or artificial intelligence model, but instead have regular people representing the broad spectrum of Americans blindly rate the bias of articles. That produces a fair, verifiable bias rating.

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Unless otherwise noted, this bias rating refers only to news articles on their web site, not from opinion pieces or what is broadcasted on TV or radio. The opinion writers from the same media source may have different bias ratings, so individual writers often are rated separately.