Nearly 60% Of Statements On Fox News Were Either Mostly Or Entirely False

JakeThomas

Fox News falls short on truth-telling, with nearly 60% of its content found either mostly or entirely false in 2017.

Undertaking the task of determining Fox News’ trustworthiness, PolitiFact found in 2017 that nearly 60 percent of the cable news network’s statements were either mostly or entirely false.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact found that nearly 60 percent of the statements it checked on Fox News were either mostly or entirely false. Another 19 percent were only half true. Only Fox News viewers are likely to believe that climate change is a hoax, that there is a “war on Christmas,” that Obamacare would create “death panels,” that there is an epidemic of crime committed by immigrants (they actually have a lower crime rate than native-born Americans), that President Barack Obama forged his birth certificate and wiretapped Trump with the aid of Britain’s signals intelligence agency, and that the accusations bedeviling Trump are a product of “Russophobia.” FNC might as well stand for Fake News Channel, and its myths have had a pernicious, indeed debilitating, effect on U.S. politics.

The result? Fox News viewers are more likely to believe outrageous conspiracy theories.

As Max Boot noted: “Only Fox News viewers are likely to believe that climate change is a hoax, that there is a ‘war on Christmas,’ that Obamacare would create ‘death panels,’ that there is an epidemic of crime committed by immigrants (they actually have a lower crime rate than native-born Americans), that President Barack Obama forged his birth certificate and wiretapped Trump with the aid of Britain’s signals intelligence agency, and that the accusations bedeviling Trump are a product of ‘Russophobia.’”

The likes of Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Glenn Beck spent years sowing distrust of the mainstream media and touting paranoid conspiracies as they sought to poison the minds of conservatives against the “liberal agenda.”

All of those rants have not been lost on President Donald Trump, who appears to increasingly rely on conservative news outlets for information, often parroting their talking points via Twitter or when speaking to the press.

And as Conor Friedersdorf wrote in The Atlantic in 2017, the risks of such wanton disregard for the truth now hold dire consequences: “Insofar as [Hannity] spreads misinformation, he risks doing harm to the United States. And while that was arguably always true, it’s easier to see the import of a man’s words when a gullible president seems ready to credulously receive them.”

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Comments (27)
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HUCKNOLA
HUCKNOLA

Jack the FAKE at it again! #TRUMP2020
No matter how many times JAKE gives us FAKE NEWS patriotic Americans will never believe him.

IN GOD WE TRUST!

Antifoxer212
Antifoxer212

You just proved the article’s point - the right wing will believe trump and Fox News’s PROVEN lies over the truth. You empower trump in his path of destruction of the real, respected American way. #impeachtrump

goodheartduck
goodheartduck

This is scary because FOX and their kin are not state-owned. They're not Pravda. These sources of misinformation are private entities who serve as eager fluffers for the conservative politicians. Trump might indeed be delusional enough to believe their lies, but he knows that his followers lack any intellectual defenses against propaganda that Hans Schweitzer would admire. Appealing to Trump's base (who are really base), conservative "news" continuously belching hate and fear stirs up the worst forms of what is mistakenly called "patriotism". And yes, there seems to be an endless demand for conspiracy theories. They make the ignorant and feeble-minded feel smart - smarter than everyone else!

Their business model is nothing new, though....

“No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” H.L. Mencken

6768vet
6768vet

I can remember a Veteran was denied special medical treatment by a governing board (Death Panel) at a Boston VA Hospital. Politically, he was close to Senator Kennedy who intervene on his behalf, he got the treatment. Instead of the 6 month to a year the VA gave him without the treatment, the veteran lived 12, 13 or 14 years.

Much of the above articles could be in the same category as Death Panel

mickeymight
mickeymight

None of this surprises me. I watched my dad succumb to Fox-poisoning, the last five years of his life. He went from a fairly reasonable, forward thinking and patriotic conservative to one of the most hate filled, foul mouthed and paranoid Nationalists I've ever seen, spouting crazy conspiracy theories and hate propaganda . I couldn't even recognize the man that raised me, towards the end. It was horrifying.

Hiphop22
Hiphop22

You do realize this is called "The Intellectualist." Maybe try reading a "Curious George" book or two because you obviously missed something along the way. Here is the deal. This is not fake. This is reality. Reliable sources across the board all agree, FOX struggles with the truth too often.

chillinsocal
chillinsocal

the source is PolitiFact, which is a non-biased Pulitzer Prize winning web site.

Rocket1959
Rocket1959

Trump going to be your present for another 5 years, you're using one source that makes a statement 60% of the statements are faults especially the liberal CNN, MSNBC CBS CNN NBC, all have made statements, that have been proven wrong. I believe your article is just more fake news.

AtheistRules
AtheistRules

Assuming that the 60% figure is correct (I have no reason to believe otherwise) , how does that compare with say MSNBC, CNN or Washington Post ?

We need to be careful not to engage in confirmation bias. I have a strong suspicion that the so called "left" leaning media might not be much (any) better.


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