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 27

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.

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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?

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!!!!

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  • Faye Cato wrote on November 2012

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.

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  • Bob wrote on December 2015

@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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  • Dennis Crane wrote on March 2016

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

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  • Lala wrote on January 2013

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.

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  • Jesse wrote on June 2015

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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  • 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...

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  • Bob wrote on December 2015

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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