CNN vs. Fox News

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Difference between CNN and Fox News

It is hardly surprising that CNN and Fox News would often be compared with one another, what with both news agencies being the biggest players in the industry and notorious in connection with the White House. The competition between the two has become quite fierce at numerous times in the past to say the least and the question of which one is the better source of news comes up with some regularity.

While there are a number of distinct differences between the two, along with their own unique advantages and disadvantages, it may be helpful to realize that CNN and Fox News are both mainstream news sources. This means that they are actually a lot more alike than you would think and they do share a number of similarities. With that being said, let's take a look at their more salient aspects.

Fox News

Content and Focus

CNN generally puts out a greater number of stories than Fox News does and it is slightly more focused on news events related to the international scene. CNN correspondents appear to be less bent on promoting a political agenda than their Fox News counterparts. Fox News for its part tends to offer longer news items with a lot more reinforcement for their storylines.

Website Features

As for their websites, CNN again wins out in this category with a much more well-designed and more aesthetically pleasing homepage. It also offers a number of useful features that make navigation a lot easier and more elegant. CNN has an advantage over Fox News in that it offers a lot more categories of news. Its pages also load more quickly than Fox News’ and it definitely has a much better search function. For instance, you can perform searches that will call up only certain capitalized words.

Fox News’ search function leaves a lot to be desired, since it often fails to display the new articles of the day. Fox News featured articles appear to be more sensuous and pop culture with its flashy images and less focused on serious subjects.

CNN also always displays a full page of results, while Fox News displays only three or four news items until you refresh the page, revealing a full news page. To its credit, Fox does include links to recent articles related to the news item.

Political Leanings

CNN is obviously the more liberal of the two. While the more extreme elements of either side would be quick to point to the relative political moderation of both news services, they do clearly exhibit their leanings.



  • Tends to publish more stories
  • More focused on international issues
  • Website offers more news categories than Fox’s site
  • Website loads a lot faster than Fox’s
  • Has a better search function
  • More liberal bent

Fox News

  • Usually offers longer stories
  • Website is designed with more attractive images
  • Typically offers three main stories
  • Site displays only the most recent news, with a refresh necessary for the full page
  • Search function could be improved
  • Offers links for similar stories with every article
  • More conservative stance
Which news service is more truthful?
  • CNN
  • Fox News

Discuss It: comments 51

i don't love cnn but foxs news is just creepy and preachy

Is there any happy news in CNN? They highlight only the wrong news in CNN.

I can't trust Fox news. They are the least trusted news site in the world. I like huffingtonpost, this is the best news blog.

To answer your question, sometimes. but the only reason is because most "happy news" is used as fluff. "Happy news' does nto typically affect the audience in any sort of way, but bad news is always affecting someone somewhere. But I must ask, why Huffington? It's a blog, after all.

But CNN has been criticized for having people act like Ron Burgundy in the past such as Rick Sanchez.

FOX is the MOST trusted news station of all.

Put the koolaid down.

It may be, but it is the most biased channel on television. It does not do anything for anybody but the right wing, conservatives and the Republicans. And they bash anything that has to do with the Democrats/liberals. There are no pros and cons on that channel debating anything on most of their shows. Those are my reasons why I don't like to watch FOX very much.

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  • Victoria LaVell wrote on January 2017

OMG... YOU ARE SO WRONG ! Fox News has the worst record for getting the facts wrong. Perhaps next time you will do your homework before you post. There is nothing wrong with supporting Fox News, just make sure you are supporting them with something "factual" to back it up. ... and just FYI... "alternative facts," don't count. lol

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  • Mark wrote on 3 weeks ago

People who listen to Fox News don't seem interested in truth of the Facts, especially when comes to political news. I have tried to listen to Fox New, but it is so slanted politically that I have to turn it off. CNN always offers both sides of political issues with people on form both sides of the political spectrum giving their opinions!

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  • Steve Salamon wrote on last month

Have you every heard of 'conformational bias'? It simply says that we tend to prefer messaging that confirms our preexisting thinking. It's a very human trait. But it has a very dark underbelly: When in it's grip, we tend, over time, to get stuck in our sources (so-called political 'echo chambers'), and also over time undergo an erosion of trust in people we know, first thinking that they're 'misguided', then just plain wrong, then having a serious 'gap', and then, through a few more steps we come to view people we may have once truly cared about as 'evil'. This phenomenon is what is behind the truly frightening degree of separation that we have between political factions in our country at this time. This is bad for us as individuals and very bad for us as a country. My best advice is to watch neither FOX News nor MSNBC (although one of them is by far the more likely to lie, they do at least represent the most politically motivated source for each side.) Or, if you just cant help yourself, watch both so you get some thinking from both sides. There are a number of truly (or very nearly) neutral news sources. I read 'the Week' -- a pretty neutral weekly news magazine which, on stories which have political weight, they publish both sides of the argument. try opening your mind up to at least the possibility that the folks on the 'other' side may have something of value to say.

Huh? CNN gets caught lying all the time. Fox might be more geared towards the right but at least they don't straight up lie.

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  • Mark wrote on 3 weeks ago

Yes they do lie all the time and are so slanted I cannot stand to watch it!

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  • Timothy Johnson wrote on October 2017

If you would watch them 2-3 hours in a row there will be some posit e happy news on CNN, I like them because they don’t call Hillary right in her wrongs, but Fox News will make an angel outta trump every time! I hate trump for all his lies, lack of empathy and just the ridiculous things he says, mostly the arrogance and the bold faced lies! He’s a true bigot, bully, and no more than a spoiled **** rich punk in a suit!!

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  • Mark wrote on 3 weeks ago

I agree with you Timothy--CNN is a much superior news network!

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  • Dennis Crane wrote on March 2016

So sorry but you are blind to the facts. I'm Canadian and watch the liberal con job and you are obviously one of their suckers.It isatotal con job and down the road you will feel the pain. Dennis


Fox news stories are just a series of sound bytes. At least CNN offers explanations and discusses what happened. Not limited to 5 word sentences that make good bumper stickers.

It is interesting that your sound byte statement about Fox News being about sound bytes contradicts the very article you are commenting in. Did you read it or just using your liberal sound byte card?

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  • Teren Smith wrote on January 2017

Gettem Gail 😂

comparing the search function on the website? I was looking for a serious article on which news offers more acurate/truthfull/relevent news...

Ive seen some of the garbage that fox put out there, but one must assume that these are the extreme cases. I was looking for some information on the overall credibility of these organisations.

I have noticed that fox news tends to involve a lot of "opinion forcing". Its as though they believe that if they tell you something is "bad" or "amazing" that you will just take that opinion as your own. They also seem to go out of their way to "prove" that they are right.

Where I come from the news tells you what has happened, rather than what you should think about someone or their actions.

Come on the Communist News Network (CNN)? Please.

I agree with y'all people cnn news is better!!!!

CNN is not better. Look what they did to try to hide the Benzasi/libya affair before the election. Fox NEws covered it thoroughly. Look what Candy Crowley did to Mitt Romney during the debates. She lied for President Obama

Yes, but if Benghazi happened under the republicans, you best believe fox news wouldn't have been so quick to report it.

You're drinking too much of the CNN kool-aid. I'll bet Fox would have reported sooner the CNN would have. If it was a repub in office now, CNN would be all over it screaming.

@Ben- Fox news regularly breaks stories about both parties, and did so when Bush was president as well. They also have lively, but fair debate on both sides of issues. Fox has more liberal commentators than CNN has conservatives. This comparison doesn't address accuracy at all. Fox has been forced to retract statement MUCH less than CNN.

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  • Aisha Usman wrote on December 2016

It was reported anyway. We are not talking about what would have been.

if Benghazi had happened during the Republican President's time, there would have been air support and the 12 CIA agents just 1/2 mile away would have engaged and saved the Ambassador.

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  • Dennis Crane wrote on March 2016

whoever told you that **** is aliar like bill Clinton who always was a slime

Not a real fan of either, cnn just does not get as personal as fox does, but fox is more **** bent in pushing political garbage down the nations throat... When they should be biased on such things, cnn can be said to have done the same thing in the past but fox seems to forget that it is a news outlet not a government ruler.

Fox News is a massive joke. There is some level of bias in all news agencies, admittedly. However, no one is as overt and consistent with their bias as Fox. Sometimes it's so ridiculous it gets comical. For example, when Bush was president and the war in Iraq started polling not so well, Fox portrayed him as a man of honor, a man of principle who does not rule by the polls, who does what he knows is right. When the mandate provision of the Obamacare package polled low, they claimed he was out of touch and unamerican. They spent months hammering away at Benghazi and the lack of the Obama administration's candor, yet I never once saw them have a problem with Bush and Cheney refusing to testify in front of the 9/11 commission. 4 Americans died in Benghazi, over 2700 on 9/11. Luckily, Fox is becoming pretty widely known as total BS and not "real news." It's a political propaganda network, not a news network.

As a military officer and a highly educated person. I watch FOX NEWS as do over 75% of military officers. Your comments are offensive to us. On military bases, you won't see CNN or MSNBC very much as we are smart enough to watch only true fair and balanced news. FOX widely known as BS???? what are you smoking? Every single day, FOX News ratings trounce all other main stream media outlets.

I love you! Yes my sister is in the army we are conservative. What is your branch? I plan to go into the Air Force and go to college and become an officer

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  • Jim Sprake wrote on November 2015

So what your saying is, all the other kids are doing it! See if that works with your parents, this time...bad reason.

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  • Jim Sprake wrote on November 2015

On military bases, you will see CNN.More disinformation.

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  • NewsDude wrote on December 2014

I Like Both

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  • idkmanjusteveryoneunbunchtheirpanties.USsucksrn wrote on November 2017

I love this guy…

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  • Judy Richter wrote on May 2015

It's all an educated guess and knowing how to decide if it's opinion or factual!

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  • Jim Sprake wrote on November 2015

Came here second,first was to compare BBC CNN Al Jazeera Russia today fr24 is largely ignored, in the real field. Polifact says CNN 60 % fox 18 % true...

One more point of fact. Between 89 and 91% of the Washington press corps have voted for the democrat in every presidential election since Eisenhower. This was true prior to 1996 (the start of Fox News) and is still true today, even with Fox News. To pretend that there is no Liberal bias, or that it's 'a little of both' is absurd. Fox has far more liberals than CNN, and all other news agencies have conservatives. As an illustration, look how much flak ALL republicans received from the MSM for simply offering 'thoughts and prayers' to the CA victims. There is ample evidence that gun laws make mass shootings MORE common, not less. Even if you say that there is evidence on both sides of the gun debate, where was the balance in the media attacks on conservatives? I understand liberals politicizing the tragedy (but disagree, and thought it was despicable that they 'pounced' on it), but the media taking sides? Empirical evidence does not support the gun control side of the debate enough for such a one-sided media response.

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  • kelly wrote on January 2016

BBC is better than both

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  • Jaffer Khoonjee wrote on September 2016

BBC, CNN & Fox News are all the same. They all project their own agendas, which in most cases overlap!

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  • hunter wrote on September 2016

Fox News is more truthful, to be honest I vote for Fox News. Its better news, CNN is just boring and shows barely anything significant excluding Election news. I don't know why people watch CNN. Those people need to expand their minds and look for new networks and not watch the same Network.

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  • Mister White wrote on April 2017

I think CNN is better, their stories are more detailed where as Fox does a lot of reaching for topics. I've tried to give fox a try but I just can't especially when Greg Gutfied is on the 5 or his own stupid dumb show !!! everything is about image with fox seems like it's all about what everything looks like vs what everything should be

I'm not really a true news girl as I've always felt like the stations were saturated in negativity and the stories are told to shape society's ideals. I've never found a true news source that reports the stories in hopes that its audience forms its own opinions, so I opted out. For years, I would catch blog posts, and online headlines, and even television news from time to time. But now, I feel it necessary to be more informed and take on the responsibility of not just watching, reading and accepting BUT commit to comparing, researching and forming my own opinion about news that matters. Fox and CNN will definitely be a resource, but I will look into other sources as well such as A+ and Huffington. Please let me know if you have any other suggested news sources I should look into.

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  • Petey wrote on May 2017

Proof is in their own lies. CNN is completely manipulative.

FOX News, in my opinion, tends to be more truthful. CNN tends to be more hateful with divisive rhetoric.

I just don't trust CNN.

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  • James wrote on July 2017

I find the opposite to be true; I find FOX News to be much more partisan and untruthful than CNN. They both have their own ideological bent, but I find that CNN is more consistent in their factual foundations.

Perhaps your own distrust of CNN doesn't allow you to see CNN's positive attributes, Rhonda.

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  • TR wrote on September 2017

You are very right ! I compared for a month, and analyzed.

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  • idkmanjusteveryoneunbunchtheirpanties.USsucksrn wrote on November 2017

this debate is too **** 4 me. Just watch what you want as long as it doesn't affect what you do. Like don't shove ur **** in a toaster if Fox says so. And don't microwave ur cat if CNN says its good for the environment. like jesus. Im a kid and Im more educated than whatever the **** u guys r rant about. Just shitposting on ur blogs and Facebook pages all day. No one cares. If u wanna get involved then go get a good education. Study law for 5-10 years. Then get into politics. Otherwise don't talk about this. Also if u want to know the truth, look at like 3 different sites and compare. Then ask ur friends. Then think about what u think. If something matters that much then doing all this isn't a problem.

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  • idkmanjusteveryoneunbunchtheirpanties.USsucksrn wrote on November 2017

ima move to Germany jesus christ.

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