A few months back, fact-checking Politifact put together a list ranking the trustworthiness of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, based on comments made on each network that they’ve investigated. Needless to say, Fox News was found to be the least trustworthy source based upon how few comments made on the network were factually accurate.
Well it seems they’ve updated this list and in a “shocking” conclusion, Fox News was once again found to be the least honest cable news channel. Though their “True” and “Mostly True” percentage went up from 18 percent to a whopping 21 percent (still terrible), the percentage of statements that were ranked as “Mostly False,” “False” or “Pants on Fire” went up from 58 percent to 60 percent.
By contrast, in the True/Mostly True category, MSNBC rated at 31 percent while CNN topped all three networks in honesty at 57 percent. In the Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire category, MSNBC rated at 44 percent while CNN was deemed the least dishonest of the three networks at 21 percent.
And while MSNBC’s numbers aren’t very good, they’re still much better than the embarrassing rating Fox News received. Though I’m sure if a conservative happens to run across this they’ll simply dismiss it as “liberally biased garbage” because it wasn’t investigated and put together by an approved right-wing news source.
As usual, that’s the main issue when dealing with conservative nonsense. They simply don’t trust sources that aren’t conservative-approved news sources, but these right-wing propaganda machines are continuously found to be some of the least trustworthy information sources in this country. Let’s not forget that just a few months ago a comprehensive Pew study ranked Rush Limbaugh as the most dishonest person in media – with Fox News coming in second. In fact, 4 of the 5 least trustworthy sources of information were conservative (Limbaugh, Fox News, Beck, Hannity).
And this all makes perfect sense considering the vast majority of stuff I see emanating from conservatives is typically flat-out wrong. In fact, just last night a conservative friend of mine posted some ridiculous anti-Obama nonsense that wasn’t even remotely based on fact. Naturally I tried to correct their misinformation – and that went about as well as you would expect. In other words, none of the facts or sources I provided that debunked what they shared on Facebook mattered because the information I was using to discredit their misinformation wasn’t from right-wing sources.
As I’ve always said, it’s a brilliant tactic from conservatives. Hammer into your followers the belief that only Republican-approved information is “true” and all other sources discrediting that rhetoric are “just part of the liberal attack against facts.”
See, the way facts are supposed to work is that they exist – period. You don’t “believe” in facts, because they’re not something in which you should have to believe – because they are facts. But the way conservatives work is that they make up whatever “facts” they want to believe and anyone who chooses to disprove those myths are the ones lying.
It’s a genius strategy on their end because it makes it nearly impossible to convince these people that anything they believe is fake, but it’s also flat-out insane and even a little dangerous. Basically, the conservative media operates like a cult. And in a lot of ways, that’s exactly what the Republican party is.