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Fox News is often spoofed and mocked online and, as a new poll reveals, this could be intimately related to the fact that it’s considered the number 1 least trustworthy news outlet. The irony is that, depending on who you ask, it’s also considered the most trusted.
An annual study conducted by Public Policy Polling reveals that Americans are divided where Fox News is concerned: either it’s the worst or the best news source, with no in between about it, The Hollywood Reporter
The poll included 800 registered voters and was conducted between January 31 and February 3. Its findings are mind-bending, to say the least.
“Asked for the news source they trust least, 39 percent named Fox News. MSNBC was next at 14 percent, followed by CNN (13 percent), Comedy Central (12 percent), ‘someone else/not sure’ (9 percent), ABC and CBS (tied at 5 percent), NBC (3 percent) and PBS (1 percent),” THR says.
About the same percentage of people named Fox News the most trusted news source. The poll revealed that 34 percent of respondents considered it to be a trustworthy outlet.
“In a distant second place was PBS, which 13 percent named as their most trusted source of TV news. ABC was next at 11 percent, followed by CNN (12 percent), MSNBC (8 percent), ‘someone else/not sure’ (7 percent), CBS (6 percent) and NBC (5 percent),” THR reports.
Comedy Central tied in with NBC, getting 5 percent of the votes.
The findings of the poll are tied to political affiliations
, Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, underlines. Of the 800 respondents, 42 percent were Democrats and 33 percent were Republicans.
“We continue to find that Democrats trust most TV news sources other than Fox, while Republicans don't trust anything except Fox,” Debnam says of the findings.
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|Comment #1 by: R Choas on 07 Feb 2013, 14:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
it least trusted because of the heatherns non constitutional idiots in this country and like it are not we are a nation of my sin diesnt count give me me welfare and let's have sex with everyone and steal everyones hard earned money , we feed peopel e no longer theach them to fish , sad . sad, sad ,
|Comment #1.1 by: toad on 07 Feb 2013, 16:12 GMT|
What language is this idiot speaking????
|Comment #1.2 by: science on 07 Feb 2013, 18:16 GMT|
You being the biggest idiot. Learn to speak English moron.
|Comment #1.3 by: winkie on 07 Feb 2013, 20:21 GMT|
Most of us would say "Who cares, I don't"
Put it in the proper context. In a Nation of 200 million potential viewers they get 1 million.
They all put their spin on the story, one would think they were talking about different stories rather than the same one.
|Comment #1.4 by: BOBO on 07 Feb 2013, 22:53 GMT|
Some how I get the feeling you're a regular MSDNC viewer.
|Comment #2 by: mmg3726 on 07 Feb 2013, 14:43 UTC|| reply to this comment|
How can a sampling of only 800 really indicate which news source is trusted? That number is ridiculously low when compared to the number of adults that reside here in America.
|Comment #2.1 by: opendialogue on 07 Feb 2013, 17:56 GMT|
It's also incredibly positive to be most mocked and least trusted by the gang of 800 tweeters.
|Comment #2.2 by: mark on 07 Feb 2013, 20:04 GMT|
And where was it conducted? If it was in the South, Fox would win hands down.
|Comment #3 by: Victor D on 07 Feb 2013, 16:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I don't trust any reporters any more.
|Comment #4 by: Roxie on 07 Feb 2013, 16:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
ONLY, Obama and his cool-aid drinking sheep would say this. FOX NEWS IS THE ONLY ONE I TRUST FOR THE TRUTH. Please get someone with authority to Impeach and try this guy for HIGH TREASON, or we will all be doomed,
|Comment #4.1 by: j-fake on 15 Feb 2013, 16:31 GMT|
Wow another brain washed GOP for, "God awfull People". Raciest remarks! Rep new int, is KKK, no womens equal rights, hate the poor or minorities, love the super rich, lie lie lie. Most not all people are waking up to fox news and the joke Repubilcans whom olny care about themselves and the rich. Get over it we have a black President!!!
|Comment #5 by: hydro503 on 07 Feb 2013, 17:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Typical of Yahoo to lprint this garbage!
|Comment #6 by: Bob on 07 Feb 2013, 18:52 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This story doesn't surprise me at all. I'v bee hitting on the other networks with emails for months. No surprise that most democrats trust the other networks because they are the obama newsnetwork. At least you guy tell the truth most of the time. Keep pushing the stories the other networks ignore, like most of the stories. they don't know the meaning of the word truth.
|Comment #7 by: Moby on 07 Feb 2013, 19:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Why isn't the headline "Fox most trusted network" and then reveal that it is also the Least Trusted according to a faulty poll of 800 registered people? By the way, is Comedy Central now considered a news outlet? Why does Yahoo think we are all yahoos???
|Comment #8 by: mark on 07 Feb 2013, 20:03 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Sounds like a politically charged poll to me. How did they ask the question?
|Comment #9 by: JPD NY on 07 Feb 2013, 20:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Why doesn't your news article start with "Fox Voted the MOST Trustworthy", instead of the other way around?
This simply goes to show how slanted and biased the main street media is. Main Street Media includes virtually all Media Outlets i.e., CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, etc, who are basicaly all Democratic based and all in bed with the left in general, and Obama specifically. They/you've protected him since he started running for office.
|Comment #10 by: nam on 07 Feb 2013, 22:15 UTC|| reply to this comment|
MSNBC is so one sided it does not allow the right a platform at all....Fox demonstrates they are willing to discuss with all parties ....They still have the highest ratings combining all networks why?
|Comment #11 by: MBollman82 on 08 Feb 2013, 06:02 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I agree, mmg3726! Also, it might be significant to know how these 800 participants were found/selected.
I did notice that 34% found it trustworthy with 33% republican-based response. That is in slight contrast to the 39% that found it untrustworthy with 42% democrat-based response. It does also seem to me that every republican I know only watches Fox News versus absolutely no democrats that I know that watch it.
I think it highlights an enormous problem in the "national discussion" of today that seems to be growing expontentially worse. Many years ago, regardless of a person's beliefs, almost everybody would be exposed to basically the same information -- some they would like and agree with, some they would not like and disagree. This would spark discussion among everybody and people would encounter others that shared their beliefs and others that did not. In recent times, internet advertising and social media has become more personalized/tailored to your likes (in an attempt by advertisers to get more response for less money). Also, news outlets no longer simply report the events that occur; instead they quickly mention some slight detail then immediately start sharing information on how they feel about it, without ever making any indication to the viewer that facts (details; must be accepted to give the story value; basis of viewer's emotional response) have stopped, and have been replaced by the reporters reactions (emotion; not factually related to the story; should NOT be considered in the viewer's emotional response, but after the viewer has made up their mind on how they feel, it could promote empathy and sympathy).
Back to my point, people used to get the facts and they'd decide how to feel later (possibly in discussion with others) -- now people get a dramatized and sensationalized report, with a suggestion of how they "should" feel about it already built into the delivery. Even worse, people are constantly and automatically shielded from differing points of view -- consider some of your Facebook friends' political affiliations/hobbies/interests ... how often do you see people's stories (on your newsfeed) that you have a negative emotional reaction to and how often do you see stories that are neutral-to-positive? The advertisers are hard at work to keep you submersed in a world where everybody is happy and in agreement -- "Do you want one of these?" Sure! Everybody's happy...
[Warning! Discussion regarding "statistics" ahead... This is more focused, so if I was losing you (above) and you like statistics, then proceed. I'd like to know your thoughts on the topic and hear any solutions or different perspectives that you might have.] Unfortunately, I'd suggest that there would probably always be grounds for legitimate criticism for the sample group in any political poll (even of substantial size). Should it be split 50% democrats and 50% republicans? What happens to the independents -- they can't be marginalized/excluded for not declaring "I want to be part of this group. Everybody feel free to make sensationalized generalizations and assumptions about me." We could test and categorize them, based on whether they have more "liberal" or "conservative" ideas, but then what of the democrats & republicans [D&Rs]?
If sampled with the goal of "fair and balanced" division based on beliefs, then how well would that represent the entire country's voting population? If the people's beliefs (as a whole) tend to be skewed toward the left or right, then a survey made to be politically balanced would not reflect the views of the whole country.
A short course in statistics will say that both of these methods are flawed, because the sample must be "random" (nothing that would cause an unnatural bias in the results). There should be an equal likelihood of being selected for each and every person being represented. However, the people that are most likely to fill-out/respond-to a survey tend to have [some] similar characteristics that might not be found in the average person, so even if every person had an equal opportunity to participate in the poll, those that choose to participate might hold different ideas than the non-participants. That is the reason I think that finding a sample group that accurately represents the whole country is essentially impossible.
|Comment #12 by: oldman 7042 on 10 Feb 2013, 13:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I really can't believe this was a fair and balanced poll. Try polling some people who aren't dedicated socialist liberals, someone like non urban elites. I think that everyone would be surprised to find a lot of us still believe in our country, our constitution, and have no desire to follow the progressive socialists into oblivion.
|Comment #13 by: oldman 7042 on 10 Feb 2013, 13:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Easy to see that this was a poll conducted with liberals in urban environments. I think a truly fair and balanced poll would show a very different result. Anyone with any ability to think for him or herself can easily see that MSNBC, CBS and Nbc especially are owned by liberal elitist socialists, followed closely by ABC. HLN and CNN are a bit more central, but still like to follow the trend. Being politically correct has become the destructive source of the downfall of most mainline broadcasst networks. There are a lot of us out here who never get polled, and still believe in our country, our constitution, and have no desire to be pushed into oblivion by the elitist liberal socialists.
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