Last September, when Politifact compiled their list of which TV station lies the most vs. who tells the truth the most, one shouldn’t be shocked to see Fox News took the cake for most lies with 58 percent of statements being made being rated “Mostly False,” “False.” or “Pants on Fire.” NBC and MSNBC came in second place with 45 percent of statements being false, and CNN came in third with only 22 percent.
Well now we’re in January, and Politifact has updated their list to see, again, which station lies the most and who tells the truth the most.
Politifact measured their statements “made by a pundit or a host or paid contributor on a particular network. They do not include statements made by elected leaders, declared candidates or party officials.”
Again, it should be of no surprise that Fox News takes first place in the lies department. Even less shocking, their number of lies jumped from 58 percent to 60 percent. NBC and MSNBC dropped to 44 percent, and CNN dropped to 20 percent.
According to Politifact:
MSNBC and CNN have improved ever so slightly on our TV network scorecards, while Fox News has moved a touch in the opposite direction. [emphasis added]
At Fox and Fox News, 10 percent of the claims we’ve rated have been True, 11 percent Mostly True, 18 percent Half True, 21 percent Mostly False, 31 percent False and nine percent Pants on Fire.
That means about 60 percent of the claims we’ve checked have been rated Mostly False or worse. Here’s how it breaks down (as of Jan. 27, 2015):
In other words: as time goes on, Fox lies more. I guess fair and balanced is actually very lopsided.
Want to know what’s even more frightening? Fox News is the most trusted TV news source in America.
The question asked was: “Which of the following television news sources do you trust the most to provide accurate information about politics and current events?,” 25% said Fox News. Broadcast news came in second with 23%, CNN with 17%, public television with 12%, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart with 8% and MSNBC with a mere 5%.
More Americans trust the most untruthful news source. What does that say about our nation’s discourse?
According to the poll:
“The survey also found that there is no media source that has a political role on the center or left that is comparable to Fox’s on the right. As [the first chart] illustrates, while more than half of Republicans list Fox as a trusted news source, no other source comes close. … By contrast, there is no dominant trusted news source among Democrats or liberals.”
It seems liberals and Democrats are the only ones who are comfortable with getting out of their warped little bubble. The same cannot be or Fox News viewers. As John Cleese says:
“If you’re very, very stupid, how can you possibly realize that you’re very, very stupid? You’d have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are. This explains almost the entirety of Fox News.”
I couldn’t agree more.