Analysis: Over Half of All Statements Made on Fox News Are False

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    Jul 10, 2014 12:31 PM GMT
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    A new analysis by PunditFact found that of every statement made by a Fox News host or guest, over half of them were flat-out false. What’s more, only a measly 8% could be considered completely “true.”

    In other words, a fancy review of hundreds of hours of video confirmed what many who watch Fox News with any regularity already know: Fox News lies. A lot. Like all the time.

    Which isn’t to say that exposing Fox News’ irresponsible journalism isn’t an admirable goal. Despite its blatant spin doctoring, Fox still captivates a large portion of the news watching audience. On a near nightly basis, Fox News programs like “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Kelly File” crush the competition. Given what we know about how poorly Fox informs its viewers, that paints a pretty grim picture for the millions who consume it without question.

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    As you can see, Fox manages to capture an impressive range between “Mostly False” all the way to “Pants on Fire” while at the same time just 40 percent could be said to be even somewhat true.

    Some might argue that all news networks are pretty terrible and with the seemingly endless drivel that comes out of a 24-hour channel it’s a valid point. Luckily, PunditFact looked at a few other major stations as well and while they aren’t bastions of veracity, they at least look like they’re trying.

    MSNBC, for example, which some might call Fox’s liberal counterpart is certainly guilty of misleading their viewers, but they also tell the truth more than they lie, and their “Pants on Fire” percentage is half of what Fox has.
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    The real surprise comes in the form of CNN which, setting aside its breathless coverage of the missing airplane, does a pretty good job of being honest.
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    Way to go, CNN! I truly didn’t think you had it in you. Glad to see you are at least 40% committed to being “mostly” true. However, before you go off assuming the best in CNN and the worst in Fox, the writers at PunditFact urge a bit of caution: The comparisons are interesting, but be cautious about using them to draw broad conclusions. We use our news judgment to pick the facts we’re going to check, so we certainly don’t fact-check everything. And we don’t fact-check the five network groups evenly. CBS, for instance, doesn’t have a cable network equivalent, so we haven’t fact-checked pundits and CBS personalities as much.

    But still, these findings (even if tentative) do go a long way towards explaining some of the other interesting studies conducted on Fox News viewers.

    For example, a PublicMind survey out of Fairleigh Dickinson University found that “people who said they consumed no news” fared better on a current events questionnaire than people who had been using Fox News to find out what was going on in the world. Let that sink in for a moment. People who categorically don’t watch the news know more than people who watch a network whose primary function is ostensibly to relay the news.

    Adding insult to injury, it was the only network that ranked below “blind ignorance” the survey. (By the way, the most informed audience was that of NPR.)

    How do Fox News viewers know less than people who literally don’t know anything about current events? If you would allow me to hazard a guess, it could be because unlike people who didn’t bother to watch any news programs, Fox viewers thought they were watching informational content – instead they were being lied to under a carefully constructed veneer of responsible journalism. Later, when someone asks them about what’s going on, they feel like they know the answer when they haven’t a clue.

    So, next time you overhear a Fox News host boldly stating their position as fact, flip a coin. Heads it’s half true, tails it’s Pants on Fire. Either way, switch the station.

    Full article here: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/07/09/analysis-over-half-of-all-statements-made-on-fox-news-are-false/
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    Jul 11, 2014 10:30 AM GMT
    The other half is ad breaks.
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    Jul 11, 2014 4:05 PM GMT


    They have news?
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    Jul 11, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    cnn puts newt gingrich on as an equal voice to other humans.

    so yeah..
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    Jul 11, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    The completely true 8% is where they say "we'll be back after a word from our sponsors."
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    Jul 12, 2014 1:32 AM GMT
    What I would like to see is a link to each statement they judged to be true, mostly true, etc and see if those statements were offered as opinion or fact. Plus the survey includes "factual statements" by guests. Therefore, if Fox News or MSNBC calls crazy guests their "truth meter" suffers.

    In any event, any news station that relies on sensationalized media coverage is going to have problems with accuracy.
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    Jul 14, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    What were the criteria? None are given.

    Tell me, what does the average "informed" NPR listener think of this?:

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    Jul 14, 2014 2:17 AM GMT
    JackBoneTX saidcnn puts newt gingrich on as an equal voice to other humans.

    so yeah..


    And Fox News puts Bob Beckel on as an equal voivce to other humans.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10/bob-beckel-chinamen-the-five_n_5575873.html
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    Jul 14, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    Absolutely Shocking!!!!
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    Not Really ...
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    Jul 14, 2014 3:13 AM GMT
    Maddow says: "We don't have enough government regulation." TRUE

    Hannity says: "We have too much government regulation." PANTS ON FIRE
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    Jul 14, 2014 4:37 AM GMT
    I call bullshit, no news organization could have 50% false statements, no fucking way, none

    I hear some real partisan crap on all sides, but no way it's 50% anywhere
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    Jul 14, 2014 6:41 AM GMT
    tj85016 saidI call bullshit, no news organization could have 50% false statements, no fucking way, none

    I hear some real partisan crap on all sides, but no way it's 50% anywhere


    I'm not so sure about that. My grandmother watches nothing but Faux News so i've had to sit through my fair share of programs. There's a LOT of lying, misinformation and blatant bullshitting coming out of their studios
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    Jul 14, 2014 8:55 AM GMT
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    tj85016 saidI call bullshit, no news organization could have 50% false statements, no fucking way, none

    I hear some real partisan crap on all sides, but no way it's 50% anywhere


    I'm not so sure about that. My grandmother watches nothing but Faux News so i've had to sit through my fair share of programs. There's a LOT of lying, misinformation and blatant bullshitting coming out of their studios


    Or maybe they just say things you disagree with.
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    Jul 14, 2014 9:54 AM GMT
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    tj85016 saidI call bullshit, no news organization could have 50% false statements, no fucking way, none

    I hear some real partisan crap on all sides, but no way it's 50% anywhere


    I'm not so sure about that. My grandmother watches nothing but Faux News so i've had to sit through my fair share of programs. There's a LOT of lying, misinformation and blatant bullshitting coming out of their studios


    How bout an example. Not asking for all "50%". Just one.
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    Jul 14, 2014 9:55 AM GMT
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    RoadsterRacer87 said
    tj85016 saidI call bullshit, no news organization could have 50% false statements, no fucking way, none

    I hear some real partisan crap on all sides, but no way it's 50% anywhere


    I'm not so sure about that. My grandmother watches nothing but Faux News so i've had to sit through my fair share of programs. There's a LOT of lying, misinformation and blatant bullshitting coming out of their studios


    Or maybe they just say things you disagree with.


    Exactly!!!!
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    Jul 14, 2014 1:14 PM GMT
    here are the statements: http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/
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    Jul 14, 2014 2:09 PM GMT
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    RoadsterRacer87 said
    tj85016 saidI call bullshit, no news organization could have 50% false statements, no fucking way, none

    I hear some real partisan crap on all sides, but no way it's 50% anywhere


    I'm not so sure about that. My grandmother watches nothing but Faux News so i've had to sit through my fair share of programs. There's a LOT of lying, misinformation and blatant bullshitting coming out of their studios


    Or maybe they just say things you disagree with.


    My dad used to watch Faux News so I've had to sit through many hours of this bullshit. If you can't tell fact from story telling, there's really no talking to you. This is not news. This is OPINION with normally no basis in fact whatsoever. I don't watch the news for someone else's opinion....I just want the facts, and you will NEVER get facts watching this bullshit.
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    Jul 14, 2014 3:30 PM GMT
    Same coverage, different perspective. If you think MSNBC or CNN are enlightened it's likely because you agree with their lean.

    I hated Fox News. . . then became a libertarian. Now it's more bearable than CNN or MSNBC. . . still not completely bearable, but more.
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    Jul 14, 2014 3:37 PM GMT
    CNN always seems the most credible, but it's depressing, it's become the Death and Destruction Channel

    FOX and MSNBC are mostly just partisan hacks pandering to their base

    But they're all pretty predictable; for instance with this border mess, they all drag out every Hispanic under the sun for commentary (the ones who haven't been on TV for 6 years lol) - pathetic.

    How about doing something novel like getting the opinions of Kenyans, Poles and Vietnamese who are trying for real, legal immigration?
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    Jul 14, 2014 3:41 PM GMT
    BROTIE saidSame coverage, different perspective. If you think MSNBC or CNN are enlightened it's likely because you agree with their lean.

    I hated Fox News. . . then became a libertarian. Now it's more bearable than CNN or MSNBC. . . still not completely bearable, but more.


    Wow. Did you really just say that with a straight face? I have NEVER seen any other "news" source say bullshit like this......



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    Jul 14, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    BROTIE saidSame coverage, different perspective. If you think MSNBC or CNN are enlightened it's likely because you agree with their lean.

    I hated Fox News. . . then became a libertarian. Now it's more bearable than CNN or MSNBC. . . still not completely bearable, but more.


    More bearable to you perhaps, but that does not mean it is more truthful. Again here are the actual statements from the various sources: http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/
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    Jul 14, 2014 6:08 PM GMT
    Again folks, if you want to listen to reasonable conservative talk radio (not on TV though) and you have a GM car or other with XM Radio, give this guy a try

    http://davidwebbshow.com/

    "Host of the David Webb Show on SiriusXM Patriot 125
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    David has been entertaining and informing the public for over 20 years; a blend of Local & Syndicated Talk Show Host, Music On-Air Personality, Producer, Assistant Program Director and Promotion Director. His broadcast career has spanned Boston, Houston, Dallas, New York City and terrestrial syndication.

    As a commentator, David has appeared frequently on radio and television: Fox News, Fox Business and CNBC. He has appeared internationally on CNN International, BBC Radio and TV, NDTV/India, Dutch National TV and KSA2 Saudi Arabia. He has also been featured in various media outlets in Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, France, Australia, Brazil and Canada.

    Active in politics on the local and national level, David co-founded TeaParty365 in New York City, a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy group for fiscal responsibility. He is the spokesman for the National Tea Party Federation. In September 2010 he was named to the Newsweek Inside The Tea Party Top 10 and in November 2010 in About.com’s Satellite Radio’s New School of Conservative Talk Stars. In December 2011 he was selected as one of “Time Magazine’s Person of the Year ~ The Protester” representing the tea party movement."
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    Jul 14, 2014 6:14 PM GMT
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    BROTIE saidSame coverage, different perspective. If you think MSNBC or CNN are enlightened it's likely because you agree with their lean.

    I hated Fox News. . . then became a libertarian. Now it's more bearable than CNN or MSNBC. . . still not completely bearable, but more.


    Wow. Did you really just say that with a straight face? I have NEVER seen any other "news" source say bullshit like this......


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10/bob-beckel-chinamen-the-five_n_5575873.html

    Fair and balanced!
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    Jul 15, 2014 3:03 AM GMT
    mmmm_mmmm saidhere are the statements: http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/


    Thank you for posting the link. From what I can tell, the pollsters mostly rely on what the network's guests say (true or false) to ding the network. So basically Fox and MSNBC are deemed less truthful because their "guests" make false statements.

    That sounds like BS. I'd like to see a survey just on the actual paid commentators, not guests with crazy ideas.
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    Jul 15, 2014 1:35 PM GMT
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    mmmm_mmmm saidhere are the statements: http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/


    Thank you for posting the link. From what I can tell, the pollsters mostly rely on what the network's guests say (true or false) to ding the network. So basically Fox and MSNBC are deemed less truthful because their "guests" make false statements.

    That sounds like BS. I'd like to see a survey just on the actual paid commentators, not guests with crazy ideas.


    First intelligent post on this thread. Thanks for getting behind the headline.

    Query why some people are so obsessed with constantly denigrating FNC. Methinks they doth protest too strongly.