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Fact-Checking Site Finds Fox News Only Tells the Truth 18 Percent of the Time

Posted by on Aug. 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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For liberals, it’s not exactly “breaking news” to find out that Fox News is mostly comprised of misinformation or flat-out lies.  Anyone with even a shred of common sense can watch just a handful of their featured shows and see that the entire channel is nothing more than a propaganda mechanism for the Republican party.


Punditfact, a branch of Politifact, has put together profiles for CNN, MSNBC and Fox News detailing just how honest each of these networks are.  And while it’s obviously not a completely comprehensive profile (it would be nearly impossible to fact check every single thing said on each network) it’s a decent measure of the honesty of each.

And what do you know, Pundifact found Fox News to have only told the truth 18 percent (15 of 83) of the time for the statements they checked.  And even of that 18 percent, only 8 percent of what they said was completely “True.”  The other 10 percent was rated as “Mostly True.”

A staggering 60 percent (50 of 83) comments were found to be either “Mostly False,” “False,” or “Pants on Fire.”

The other 22 percent were rated “Half True.”

Essentially well over half of what Punditfact has fact-checked on Fox News has been a lie and only 18 percent has been deemed factual.

To compare, CNN was found to have been honest about 60 percent of the time, while only having 18 percent of their comments found to be false.  As for MSNBC, they were found to have been honest about 31 percent of the time, while 48 percent of the comments they had fact-checked were deemed untrue.

So while MSNBC’s numbers aren’t exactly worth bragging about, they’re still far better than the “fair and balanced” Fox News.


Though I’m sure any conservative who might run across this article, or the Punditfact profiles, would simply dismiss the results as “liberally biased lies.”

You know, because anything that’s not approved by Fox News or some other right-wing media source is clearly “liberally biased propaganda.”

Which is really a fantastic piece of rhetoric, isn’t it?  Fox News, and other right-wing media sources, can lie as much as they want.  Then if any other source debunks the nonsense they’re spewing, the conservative media simply dismisses it as “lies perpetuated by the liberal media.”

It’s how conspiracy theorists manipulate their sheep.  They perpetuate some kind of asinine conspiracy, then when it’s completely debunked, they claim the information debunking it is “all a part of the conspiracy.”

And that’s exactly what the right-wing media does.

Which is why tens of millions of conservatives believe that Fox News is a “fair and balanced” beacon of truth, despite the fact that Punditfact found only 18 percent of their comments to be factual among a fairly large sampling of 83 relatively important statements made on the network.

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/fox/

by on Aug. 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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Mrs.KAZ
by Bronze Member on Aug. 23, 2014 at 3:21 PM
It would be something if a study could show a news station that told the truth at least 50% of the time.
PamR
by Platinum Member on Aug. 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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Is this a surprise?

slb235
by Bronze Member on Aug. 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Where can I find the study they did?

pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Aug. 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM
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lololololol.......nice try.  When one is overseas and sees what actually happens and then sees what is actually reported on the new station.......well, let's just say that FOX News has gotten right more than CNN, MSNBC and CBS combined.

littlemum41
by Gold Member on Aug. 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Well, yah, those of us who have read all the lies told about the President and almost every Democrat in the USA have known that Fox News lies. This is nothing new. It has been obvious for at least 10 years. And the people who perform on their shows are amusingly ignorant.
I haven't watched Fox or any of the "news" channels in years.
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grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Aug. 24, 2014 at 1:32 AM
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 Slow junk day, C?  This is a retread.  It wasn't worth reading last time, and it's not worth reading this time either.

erika9009
by Silver Member on Aug. 24, 2014 at 1:53 AM

so..............


No one tells the truth and they still call themselves "news"

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Aug. 24, 2014 at 2:11 AM
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 Well, that's glaringly obvious.....

Quoting littlemum41: Well, yah, those of us who have read all the lies told about the President and almost every Democrat in the USA have known that Fox News lies. This is nothing new. It has been obvious for at least 10 years. And the people who perform on their shows are amusingly ignorant. I haven't watched Fox or any of the "news" channels in years.

 

AdrianneHill
by Bronze Member on Aug. 24, 2014 at 5:51 AM
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So no outright denials but more of an insistence that Fox is the only one not part of the conspiracy. Yeah, I'm pretty positive Fox isn't getting it right most of the time. Reality seems to also have a liberal bias
littlemum41
by Gold Member on Aug. 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I watch RELIABLE,TRUTHFUL news reports, NOT CABLE NEWS SHOWS.

How hard is that for you to understand? Too hard, obviously.

I KNOW you LOVE Fox News because everything you print here is an echo , a duplicate of the brainless wonders' words that flood your TV screen with nonsense. And then you supplement your spewing with text from The Blaze, and the tinfoil hat wearing,undereducated wingnut Wayne Root, etc. Ugh.

Quoting grandmab125:

 Well, that's glaringly obvious.....

Quoting littlemum41: Well, yah, those of us who have read all the lies told about the President and almost every Democrat in the USA have known that Fox News lies. This is nothing new. It has been obvious for at least 10 years. And the people who perform on their shows are amusingly ignorant. I haven't watched Fox or any of the "news" channels in years.

 






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