Rush Limbaugh is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable names in all of conservative media. Though I’m not sure if you could call what he does “news.” He’s really nothing more than a right-wing pandering shock jock who’s made millions by essentially saying outrageously offensive things on purpose to get people riled up.
But no matter what you might think of Limbaugh, it’s undeniable that over the years he’s had quite an impact on conservative voters. Although that influence seems to be deteriorating with each passing year.
In fact, according to a recent Pew survey, Limbaugh was found to be the least trustworthy “news entity” among a long list of various sources such as Fox News, CNN, Buzzfeed and The Daily Show.
Coming in at 39 percent, Limbaugh barely edged out Fox News (37 percent) for the top overall spot and was a full 17 points ahead of the highest liberal source in this study, MSNBC (22 percent).
But not only that, according to Politifact, 82 percent of the comments they’ve investigated from Limbaugh have been rated as Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire.
And I also think it’s interesting to point out that among the five least trusted news sources found in this survey, four of them (Limbaugh, Fox News, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity) were conservative.
And while none of this information should come as any real surprise, I’m sure conservatives will do what they always do and dismiss this as “liberally biased garbage that means nothing.”
Though we should also remind them of another survey done by Politifact a couple of months ago where they gathered information they had investigated from the various cable news networks and found that Fox News was only honest 18 percent of the time.
It’s no wonder that independent studies have found that people who watched no news at all were more accurately informed about basic facts and events going on in our country than someone who cited Fox News as their main source of information. It’s not just that Fox News shows bias towards conservative ideologies, but they’re blatantly misinforming Americans about basic facts.
Will this information make any difference in the minds of conservatives? Of course not. Those who trust Limbaugh are going to continue trusting him and those who don’t weren’t ever going to in the first place. And because this survey wasn’t done by a right-wing source, conservatives will just dismiss it anyway.
But it is interesting nonetheless as this marks yet another survey that’s been conducted about the trustworthiness of news sources where the conservative-leaning sources were found to be the most dishonest.
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