Five Reasons Why Fewer People Trust Fox News Than Ever Before

Written by Annie-Rose Strasser

A poll released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling shows that fewer people than ever trust Fox News as a source for accurate news and reporting. Just 41 percent expressed trust in the network — down from 49 four years ago — while 46 percent said they distrust Fox. There’s an obvious reason why: Fox misrepresents facts and fudges its data to advance the conservative agenda. Indeed, it’s nothing like the “fair and balanced” network it claims to be. And, it seems, voters are catching on.

Here are just five recent examples of how Fox skews the news:

1. They misrepresented the unemployment rate. Fox News ran this chart showing the unemployment rate, but managed to somehow make an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent look higher than 8.9:

2. They misinformed viewers about Benghazi. When Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) were trying their hardest to smear President Obama and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, Fox ran an “exclusive” report saying that the CIA had denied a diplomat permission to fend off an attack on the embassy. That never happened, and details later confirmed that the report — and the other conspiracy theories Fox ran alongside it — was totally unfounded.

3. They blamed non-existent ‘massive layoffs’ on Obama. Fox News runs frequent segments covering Obama’s supposed ‘War on Coal’ and the website Fox Nation even ran this glaring headline blaming the election for huge layoffs in the coal industry. But there were not massive layoffs. Just one business owner in Utah laid off employees. Under Obama, the industry on the whole has actually continued to grow tremendously.

4. They got almost all of their climate coverage wrong. An analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists revealed that a full 93 percent of Fox News coverage on the topic global climate change was ‘misleading.’ Here’s the breakdown of how Fox covered the climate issue:

5. They don’t cover big stories. While the rest of the country discussed senatorial candidate Todd Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comments, Fox News hardly covered the controversy. They similarly ignored the conflict surrounding the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, and of New York’s same-sex marriage law’s passage.

The list of areas where Fox falls down on the job is too extensive to enumerate. But what is clear is that Fox’s method of dodging the truth and giving convenient facts won’t keep working, if they can’t gain the public’s trust.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

not a shock

Jennifer G.
Jennifer G5 years ago

Faux news= a conspiracy theorists wet dream.

Jade N.
Jade N5 years ago


Ro H.
Ro H5 years ago

truth twisters

Susan T.
Susan T5 years ago

Lol Cyan - contributing to charities is not part of the definition of accurate news reporting. Fox claims to be "fair and balanced" but they have been shown time and again to be either misleading or outright misinforming their viewers, which is why Fox viewers have been found to be the least informed ie - most ignorant.

This article just quotes a few cases of false or misleading information. There are many more. Here are just a few citations - there are dozens.

MSNBC is not great, IMO, as it tends to be too much of a cheerleader for the Dems and not put them on the hot seat when they should.

Care member
Care member5 years ago


Carole L.
Carole L5 years ago

@Cyan D. ROFLMAO, thanks for the ROFLMAO dude or dudet which ever the case may be. Do they pay you to post such drivel? Or is there a ring tied on a string, attached to your back that when pulled you blankly vomit FAUX GOP propaganda machine talking points.

I won't be in the least bit surprised when you cut and paste my response and use on someone you consider... oooOOOooo be afraid! Be very afraid! “liIiberaAal”. Since FAUX GOP propaganda machine viewers severely lack any creative capabilities or original thought. Btw, when you do use my comment, *Spock voice* “Remember” to change some of the words to reflect to whom it is being directed.

Carole L.
Carole L5 years ago

Kimberly G
“Carol L wrote:
3. Election night results when they were SURE Willard was going to win.

Not only were they SURE, after he lost they WOULD NOT except it. I thought Karl Rove was going to burst into tears and soil his boxers ... oh was it funny and not a little bit sad.”

I know, they had the 'ballot counters' locked in the dungeon. “are you SURE you got the tally right?” LOL. Perhaps had they not invested in spewing such venom over the years toward our President which ultimately led to the nation witnessing their; “The King has no Clothes” moment. I may have been able to render a deeper degree of empathy for their self-inflicted lobotomies. Icing on the cake is listeners 'awakening' to the fact of what frakking bold faced liars FAUX GOP propaganda machine is.

Cyan Dickirs
Cyan Dickirs5 years ago

Fox news considers Juan Williams, Bob Beckel, Alan Colms(sp),Kucinich and many others relevant, sane and topical and pay them a lot, liberals all. BTW Juan Williams was fired from NPR, because they are so tolerant of other's views that they could not tolerate Juan's sin in stating that people in Muslim garb boarding planes made him nervous. Fox news gave him a job so he could continue with a wider audience to express his very liberal viewpoint.
FoxNews sponsors and raises lots of money for effective charities. Not so MSNBC, who not only has little viewership, but does nothing but spew hate and misinformation to try to generate some interest. The only thing MSNBC supporters can point to is Olberman, who was so bad even MSNBC fired him, who for 2minutes commented on the Nat'l Assoc of Free Clinics and the claim is they were able to raise 1.2 mill, but even Bill Clinton refused to credit Olberman for the gains and refused to support the event in Arkansas because of the way Olberman politicized it and his taking credit for what others actually did.
FoxNews and Bill O'Reilly in particular support and raise millions for each of many charities. Bill alone has 25 charities, such as Doctors without Borders, Wounded Warriors, nutrition charities, women and children centers, etc.

Lara Nunes
Lara Nunes5 years ago

I don't trust any main stream media they are all created to program you to not think outside the box . FOX news and CNN and all TV news reports propaganda.