In Fox We (Don’t) TrustPosted: February 13, 2013
According to the results, 41 percent of voters trust Fox and 46 percent of voters do not trust Fox. In telephone interviews conducted between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4, 800 respondents were asked, “Which TV news outlet do you trust the most?”. They chose Fox as the most trusted, followed by PBS, CNN and ABC. The least trusted was also Fox then MSNBC, CNN and Comedy Central.
This poll is not entirely surprising. Fox News is well known for its conservative and right-leaning stance and has been accused of bias multiple times in the past. However, political polarization is a growing problem for this nation. Americans are more divided along political lines than ever in the last 25 years. With a country split between the right and the left, it is extremely imperative that viewers and voters receive the most accurate, fair, and objective reporting.
Yet Fox is not the only network favoring one side over another. According to a 2012 Pew study, MSNBC had more partisan biased news than Fox during the last presidential election. Their ratio of negative to positive stories of Republican candidate Mitt Romney was 23-to-1. To contrast, Fox’s ratio for President Obama was 8-to-1.
Networks do the American public an injustice by muddling a story, ignoring the facts, or completely disregarding an opposing view. It is not acceptable when the 24 hour news cycle functions in a manner where a viewer can watch the same story on two different networks and receive completely contradicting reports. When viewers turn on the news, they should hear the truth, and not an altered version that falls in line with their political beliefs.
Are some news outlets becoming political propaganda machines? Has objective reporting been sacrificed for the sake of ratings and corporate profit? How can the average American be able to recognize unfair and biased coverage?