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

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.

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by Anonymousreply 12July 11, 2014 12:11 AM

I believe it.

I also believe MSNBC total is about the same, if not lower.

Then again OP, when "fact checking site" you reference is linked to "Forward Progressives.com", how do you expect to be taken seriously?

You're just more bullshit hyperbole trying to rile-up one side or another.

Those of us in the middle still distrust you and know you're full of bullshit; just like faux news, the tea bagger, MSNBC and most everyone in the repukelican and democratic parties.

by Anonymousreply 1July 10, 2014 12:06 PM

"Those of us in the middle" = Freeptard.

by Anonymousreply 2July 10, 2014 12:24 PM

Haha, R2. Yup. i got that when he said he suspected MSNBC was actually lower than Faux.

by Anonymousreply 3July 10, 2014 12:27 PM

R2?r3 = Sure signs of rabid, wild-eyed, armchair politicos. And such freeper radar! Yep r3 ya caught me red handed! *rolls eyes*


by Anonymousreply 4July 10, 2014 12:30 PM

Name-calling as a defence - check.

by Anonymousreply 5July 10, 2014 12:35 PM

R4 is a sad and pathetic loser.

Faux Noise has a terrible reputation for being fact-free, and blatantly spewing lies and creating faux controversies. No station comes near to their depths of desperation and being despicable.

MSNBC is a credible organization that panders to the left, yet still has rabid right wing idiots like Morning Joe. If the more left leaning shows are guilty of anything, they're guilty of being too kind to republican assholes.

by Anonymousreply 6July 10, 2014 12:59 PM

Fox News practices the Hatey/Twenty rule. At least 20% of the time, they try to manage the anathema, and live up to their creed: Führair and Balanced.

by Anonymousreply 7July 10, 2014 6:49 PM

Saw this in another thread, it's an SNL sketch.

Fox with a rolling list of "corrections" of statements made during a show.

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by Anonymousreply 8July 10, 2014 7:25 PM

It's a shame, but my brother-in-law watches Fox and gets all upset about it. He has it on all day long, literally. Even worse still is that his wife, my sister, and their son have soaked-up the propaganda by osmosis and don't realize they've filled their head with nonsense. I feel really bad for my nephew. He has no sense of balance about the world. He put on Facebook that Sean Hannity was his favorite show. That's very sad. I hope he grows out if it when he goes to college this fall.

by Anonymousreply 9July 10, 2014 10:12 PM

"The middle" is a manipulative, political conceit coming from the top down.

There is only the 1% and the rest of us. ( A manipulative, political conceit coming from the bottom, up!)

But also, it's actual numbers.

by Anonymousreply 10July 10, 2014 10:36 PM

Rachel Maddow regularly calls out Politifact for being flat-out wrong. She backs it up with evidence.

Actually, I don't watch CNN anymore for "real" news. The best coverage is on BBC and Al-Jazeera.

by Anonymousreply 11July 10, 2014 10:46 PM

Exactly, R11. Politifact is as biased as Fox Noise in many ways, and their bias is against liberals and progressives; they routinely say quotes from liberals are, at best, half-truths, when they know and can be supported by facts as completely true, whereas they routinely say that outright lies coming from conservatives are "mostly true." Maddow had a piece proving this point on a couple of weeks ago, and supported her hypothesis with example after example of their bias, lamenting the need for honest fact checkers in today's media environment.

by Anonymousreply 12July 11, 2014 12:11 AM
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