According to Politifact, Fox ‘News’ lies.
Okay, so that’s not news. That’s like reporting on the sun rising in the East. But a recent Politifact study shows that of the TV news outlets, Fox promotes the most false information on the air, and the problem is only getting worse — and it’s pretty bad already.
Let’s start with Politifact’s analysis of the “liberal” (read: they disagree with Fox) networks first, since it’s almost certainly that the trolls are going to bring it up, and I’m pretty sure that they at least read to the third paragraph. According to the Politifact scorecard, 44% of the claims made on MSNBC and NBC were false or worse, which is actually an improvement by 1% from the previous score.
CNN somehow remains the most accurate news network, with 80% of the claims rated as half true or better.
Now, what about Fox?
Fox, it turns out, scores marginally higher than MSNBC and NBC news networks. While those two were at 44% of their claims at mostly false or worse, Fox is only at 58%. See, both politically-oriented networks do it. Fox just does it more, since that’s their business model.
Politifact found that 39% of the claims made on the network had some basis in fact, but only 10% could be proven as true, 11% rated as ‘mostly true’ and 18% as half true. So Fox does know some truth. Just not a lot.
An almost equal amount, though — 39% — were demonstrably false. These aren’t just opinions fudging the lines. These are a Fox anchor claiming the sky is purple because Obama said he likes blue skies on Sunday. A full 26% were mostly false, and 11% were tagged with the “pants on fire” moniker, which is anything that comes out of Sean Hannity’s face and resembles words.
Politifact didn’t include all of the statements made, just some, and didn’t include statements made by candidates, government officials, or their representatives, thus explaining how the statistics were skewed to make Fox look more honest.