CNN controversies

CNN Controversies

CNN controversies

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CNN has been the subject of several controversies. These refer to both the domestic version of CNN and its sister channels CNN International and CNN-IBN. CNN has been accused of having liberal bias and to a lesser extent of having a conservative bias.

Allegations of bias

Some have claimed that CNN has a liberal bias. Writer Eric Alterman has noted that many critics on the left view CNN as no more or less biased than most other corporate-run journalism, supporting business interests of its parent company and sponsors, and refusing to question official sources or present perspectives of leftist critics.

In a joint study by the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the authors found disparate treatment by the three major cable networks of Republican and Democratic candidates during the earliest five months of presidential primaries in 2007: “The CNN programming studied tended to cast a negative light on Republican candidates—by a margin of three-to-one. Four-in-ten stories (41%) were clearly negative while just 14% were positive and 46% were neutral. The network provided negative coverage of all three main candidates with McCain fairing the worst (63% negative) and Romney fairing a little better than the others only because a majority of his coverage was neutral. It’s not...
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