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Poll: MSNBC Least Trusted TV News Source, Fox Newsmost Trusted.

Posted by on Jun. 2, 2015 at 1:36 PM
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Most surveys regarding cable news channels focus on ratings and the opinions of their viewers. However, a recent poll conducted by the Brookings and Public Religion Research Institute sought the views of all Americans toward all news sources in the nation.

A mere 5 percent of the respondents called the left-wing MSNBC cable channel their "most trusted" TV news outlet. On the other end of the spectrum, the Fox News Channel was named by 25 percent of the people surveyed, surprisingly more than the 23 percent who pointed to the "mainstream media" broadcast networks and the 21 percent who said they trust the Cable News Network.

Demonstrating just how far the "Lean Forward" network has fallen, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central drew 8 percent of the positive responses, three points more than MSNBC.

In an article on the survey, Andrew Kirell of Mediaite stated: "Now, of course, the argument could be made that MSNBC's just trusted by the fewest because of exposure. (CNN and Fox are much bigger household names; and broadcast networks are still the dominant news outlets in the ratings.)"

Nevertheless, Independent voters also choose Fox News first, over MSNBC with a 26 percent to 4 percent margin. The broadcast networks came in at 17 percent, while CNN draws a total of 16 percent from those viewers.

While the main goal of the survey was to determine the respondents' views on immigration reform, the poll also produced interesting data regarding where people get their news.

When asked where they get trusted information about politics and current events, 76 percent said they watch local television news, while 24 stated that they do not.

Turning to talk radio programs, only 42 percent said that they trust such programs as those hosted by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, while 57 percent do not tune in to those sources of information.

However, when asked about public radio, 54 percent of the respondents said they trust the news they receive from these outlets, but 46 percent said they do not.

Apparently a sign of the times, 62 percent indicated that they get at least some of their news online, though 37 percent don't trust what they find on the Internet.

Nevertheless, 57 percent of those surveyed still trust their print newspapers and news magazines to provide reliable information.

Finally, 69 percent of the people polled said they trust cable television news, while 31 percent do not.

As usual, MSNBC has not responded to the results of the survey. The lead headline on the channel's website reads: "GOP piles on Bergdohl," an article describing Republican responses to president Barack Obama's swap of an army deserter for "five unrepentant and dangerous terror leaders."

As NewsBusters previously reported, this isn't the first time the "Lean Forward" network has rated poorly in "trust" issues.

In January, the left-wing Public Policy Polling organization asked viewers which news outlets they trust, and MSNBC tied with Comedy Central at 6 percent -- while Fox News received a rating of 35 percent.

That problem has contributed to the channel's perpetually low ratings, which were described as being in "freefall" during May of 2013 before continuing to drop in early July and four weeks later coming in third place for the third consecutive month.

After the Fox News Channel made revisions to its prime-time schedule by adding Megyn Kelly into the mix in October, the "Fair and Balanced" network nearly doubled the combined numbers for both CNN and MSNBC.

The trend continued through the end of 2013, when Fox beat out the ratings in its two usual competitors and HLN (the former Headline News channel) combined.

Despite the addition of MSNBC's "Boy Wonder"-- Ronan Farrow-- the ratings have not improved, leading GOP senator Lindsey Graham to quip: "I don't think you could increase MSNBC's ratings if you had a gun to people's heads."

And now comes the news that MSNBC has canceled Karen Finney's weekend Disrupt program due to low ratings. Given the low numbers the network usually draws, just how low were Finney's ratings that the "Lean Forward" channel felt the need to cancel her show? And who will be the next casualty in the network's battle for last place?
 

- See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/randy-hall/2014/06/10/poll-msnbc-least-trusted-tv-news-source-fox-news-most-trusted#sthash.kraDeClQ.dpuf

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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Jun. 2, 2015 at 1:43 PM
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http://m.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/fox-news-viewers-tend-to-be-less-informed-says-new-study/article/433762

New York - In his 18-page study, titled "How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics," the proponent of supply-side economics ("trickle-down economics”) found that Fox News viewers tend to be less informed about current affairs than people who follow other news sources, including even people who don't watch any news at all.

The study concluded that the network’s news coverage, designed to keep the GOP base in a perpetual outrage mode, has had the effect of pushing the party further away from the center.
The study observed that since Fox News opened under Roger Ailes in 1996, it has become the only news source for many conservatives who engage in what the study termed "self-brainwashing," due to refusal to "even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth."

"Like someone dying of thirst in the desert, conservatives drank heavily from the Fox waters. Soon, it became the dominant -and in many cases, virtually the only – major news source for millions of Americans… Indeed, it can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox..."

Bartlett wrote that Fox News shifted even further to the right after the 9/11 attacks, until it moved away from merely presenting a conservative perspective of the news to outright misinformation and propaganda making Fox News viewers the least informed of all media users.

The one-time adviser to Ron Paul, quoted Lincoln Mitchell, a Columbia University political scientist, who observed in 2012 that Fox News has managed to keep "a far right base mobilized and angry, making it hard for the party to move to the center or increase its appeal, as it must do to remain electorally competitive..
"One of the reasons Mitt Romney was so unable to pivot back to the center was due to the drumbeat at Fox, which contributed to forcing him to the right during the primary season," Mitchell added.
The study found that after controlling for information obtained from other news sources, level of education, partisanship and other relevant demographic factors, people who watched Fox News were 18-points less likely to know that the Egyptians overthrew their government. They were also found to be 6-points less likely to know that the Syrian government has not been overthrown.

Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Farleigh Dickinson, said, "The results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all."

The study noted that misinformation by Fox News tends to lull viewers into a false sense as security. It cited a study from the University of Georgia which observed that, "exposure to programs featured on Fox News, such as those hosted by Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, resulted in a greater wishful thinking effect by Romney supporters.

"While Romney supporters were substantially more likely to predict their candidate would win the 2012 presidential election, watching Fox News programming exacerbated this effect."

"It may be that some Republican Fox viewers became complacent and didn't work as hard as they might if they had been more aware of how badly Romney was doing in the final days of the campaign," the study concluded.
The study also found that Fox News viewers tend to hold beliefs about several major issues, such as the Iraq War and the Affordable Care Act that are not based on verifiable facts.

Fox's audience also tends to hold a bias against minorities, such as Muslims and African-Americans.

Fox News building, 6th Avenue
Jim Hendersen
The study said, "It appears that right-wing bias, including inaccurate reporting, became commonplace on Fox."
Politifact.com, for instance, cites The Daily Show's February, 2015 vine, titled "50 Fox News lies in 6 seconds," which lists news reporting inaccuracies by the network:
"Far more children died last year drowning in their bathtubs than were killed accidentally by guns."
Tucker Carlson, Aug. 9, 2014
Pants on Fire
"Look at the debt that has been accumulated in the last two years. It's more debt under this president than all those other presidents combined."
Sarah Palin, May 31, 2011
False
"There is no good data showing secondhand smoke kills people."
John Stossel, Dec. 4, 2014
False
"The Obama administration manipulated deportation data to make it appear that the Border Patrol was deporting more illegal immigrants than the Bush administration."
Lou Dobbs, July 1, 2014
False
"NASA scientists fudged the numbers to make 1998 the hottest year to overstate the extent of global warming."
Steve Doocy, June 24, 2014
Pants on Fire
The Huffington Post notes that this is not the first time in recent years that someone with links to Republican administrations and the Republican Party has expressed concern about the role of Fox News.
In 2012, staunch conservative and GOP presidential nomination candidate Newt Gingrich, berated the network for its partial coverage of the GOP primaries, saying that "CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That’s just a fact."
Former Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK, 2005-2014) also criticized Fox News coverage of the immigration debate, saying the network's shows were often not "fair and balanced."
"There are certain shows on Fox I can’t watch. Because they’re totally not fair and totally not balanced. What I want is, I want all the information in which I can make the best decision," he said.

chalisa0
by Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 1:46 PM

Well, it's apparent that the people they are surveying are old and live in the red states.  

jcrew6
by Ruby Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 2:01 PM
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There should never be ONLY one news source people goto.  Discourse, Discussion, and Perspective requires more than relying on ONE source. 

celestegood
by Silver Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 2:05 PM
I like multiple news sources. Not just one. And as for this study, it depends on the area you poll. A red area will have plenty of people who dislike news venues like msnbc, and the Blue areas will be full of people who dislike fox news.

It's all very logical.
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broboxer
by Platinum Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 2:57 PM
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I'm not surprised by MSNBC being least trusted.
Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM
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 Yep

That is why I toggle back and forth between Fox News and Fox Business Channel.

Quoting jcrew6:

There should never be ONLY one news source people goto.  Discourse, Discussion, and Perspective requires more than relying on ONE source. 

 

Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 3:01 PM
I like NPR and PBS. I listen to the news and read mostly because we don't have cable. I like to listen to my local talk radio station too. I only listen to the local guys though. I don't like Rush and Hannity.
jcrew6
by Ruby Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 3:02 PM
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rolling on floor

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Yep

That is why I toggle back and forth between Fox News and Fox Business Channel.

Quoting jcrew6:

There should never be ONLY one news source people goto.  Discourse, Discussion, and Perspective requires more than relying on ONE source. 



Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 3:03 PM
Lol, don't get crazy now.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Yep


That is why I toggle back and forth between Fox News and Fox Business Channel.


Quoting jcrew6:

There should never be ONLY one news source people goto.  Discourse, Discussion, and Perspective requires more than relying on ONE source. 


 

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 3:05 PM

That's not actually what the study says.

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