Saturday, February 7, 2015

60% Of Fox News Statements Mostly False

Ken O’Brien

PunditFact tallied up all of the statements that they evaluated from the three cable news networks and found that 60% of all the statements they examined from Fox News were mostly false or worse.

According to PunditFact, here is how the three cable networks did on statements that the fact checker examined:
At Fox and Fox News, 10 percent of the claims PunditFact has 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 checked have been rated Mostly False or worse.
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At MSNBC and NBC, 44 percent of claims have received a rating of Mostly False or worse.
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And as for CNN? It has the best record among the cable networks, as 80 percent of of the claims rated are Half True or better.


PuditFact doesn’t check every statement made on the cable networks, so they strongly caution against drawing broad conclusions from their tallies, but this one of those situations where if there’s fire. Fox News has never made factual reporting a basis for what they do, and I can hear readers saying to themselves, “Just 60% false, that seems kind of low to me,” but the PunditFact findings match up with other studies that have concluded that Fox News viewers are the least informed of all media consumers.

MSNBC has become more of an opinion based network, so it isn’t surprising that they would be second behind Fox News in terms of true statements. CNN is the only widely accessible cable network, Al Jazeera America is not widely available, that does straight news, so it makes sense that they would have the lowest number of false statements. MSNBC is more factual than Fox News, but not as factual as CNN. 

It is impossible to watch Fox News for an hour and not be subjected to a false or inaccurate statement. Fox News is one of the main reasons why the American people are so poorly informed. When the top cable news network is dedicated to pushing an ideological agenda over reporting the news, the public will be less informed. Even people who don’t watch Fox News are subjected to their misinformation techniques via interactions with poorly informed Fox News watching friends and family.

1 comment:

  1. Oh the Liberal bias of Fact checking sourcesFebruary 8, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Oh Such INCREDIBLE bias on display here! Next they will be reporting the claims that Brian Williams of NBC is getting railroaded and his story is true despite everyone else on scene saying that it wasn't. Yes I'm going there and blowing up your aligned with source.
    St Peterburg Time's POLITIFact is one of the worst liars of anyone on the left.

    Not only do they lie, they pretend to “fact check”. Funny thing, facts. It seems that PolitiFact has polished the art of spin into a full time occupation.

    These folks are left wing hacks that do nothing more than fake “checking” of facts and, using subjective measures, declare nearly anything uttered by a Republican as false while either completely ignoring the lies from the left, or spinning falsehoods to somehow manage to call Democrat claims “true”.

    Human Events has a great article on this left wing pretend fact checking group. - http://www.varight.com/news/politifact-exposed-great-take-down-of-this-left-wing-farce/

    PolitiFact is not that honest fact-checker. And these aren’t isolated cases. Once widely regarded as a unique, rigorous and reasonably independent investigator of political claims, PolitiFact now declares conservatives wrong three times more often than liberals. More pointedly, the journalism organization concludes that conservatives have flat out lied nine times more often than liberals.

    If you were a fact-checker yourself, you might reasonably conclude that PolitiFact is biased — that it favors liberals over conservatives. But PolitiFact continues to assert its impartiality. - http://humanevents.com/2012/08/30/politifact-bias-does-the-gop-tell-nine-times-more-lies-than

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