Fox News is the most trusted TV news operation in the nation

The results are in, courtesy of the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling: Fox News is the most trusted TV news organization in the nation. Read

Before some of you start gagging, I don’t think this means that Fox is the most “fair and balanced” news operation out there. I enjoy Fox News, watch it far more than CNN, MSNBC or the antique news shows from ABC, NBC or CBS. But I’m a conservative, and Fox’s center-right slant appeals to me. The fact is, cable news is a boutique. No more than several million Americans watch it, the competition is fierce. Years ago Fox capitalized off a perceived left-wing-bias-in-the-rest-of-the-media feeling from conservatives. It covered news stories of interest to conservatives, stories that otherwise would rarely get beyond The Washington Times or the Wall Street Journal editorial pages. Fox also was the first network to devote its late afternoon/evening programming to political debate.

MSNBC has caught on to Fox’s strategy by becoming the partisan liberal network. Although its numbers have passed struggling CNN — which has no ideological identity; which is death for cable news — MSNBC still trails Fox by millions of viewers. The reason is most liberals don’t perceive a conservative bias in the media that necessitates loyalty such as conservatives have for Fox. There’s the major newsweeklies, NPR, The New York Times, network news, etc. Frankly, to get closer to Fox News, MSNBC needs Sarah Palin to become president of the United States.

As someone who is cheerfully addicted to cable news, there’s one more reason Fox has more viewers. Despite its conservatism, it’s not an echo chamber. When issues are debated, there is generally and equal number of conservatives and liberals. MSNBC, on the other hand, is an echo chamber, with very few conservatives on hand. Joe Scarborough and the seemingly ubiquitous Pat Buchanan are exceptions. Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin noticed this on Jan. 19 when Scott Brown captured the Massachusetts Senate seat that had belonged to Ted Kennedy. Read

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11 Responses to Fox News is the most trusted TV news operation in the nation

  1. I owe my sanity to Fox News. Otherwise I would be too depressed to get out of bed (ha!) I noticed last week that CNN preferred to show Anderson Cooper In Haiti instead of the jubilant crowd waiting for Scott Brown to give his speech.

  2. Steve Stones says:

    Anyone who owes their sanity to Fox News should just stay in bed. CNN focused on Haiti instead of Scott Brown because the tragedy of thousands of Haitians dying in an earthquake is much more important news than the partisan politics that dominates our news media coverage.

  3. Michael Trujillo says:

    Bernie Madoff was highly trusted at one time, too.

    Kati – Don’t feel slighted. I’m sure that if a jubilant crowd had been waiting for a newly elected Utah politician to give a speech, CNN would still have highlighted Haiti. Haiti was the major news story last week.

  4. Charles Trentelman says:

    One is tempted to say that Fox news being trusted is an indication of how one can fool many people most of the time. Fortunately, I am not one to yield to temptation.

  5. Preston says:

    Doug, which news source do you believe is more fair and balanced? I expected you to say which one in the editorial.

  6. Preston says:

    Doug, which is the most fair and balanced news source, in your opinion? Having said it’s not Fox News, I expected to hear which you thought was.

  7. tom says:

    Some would say that this is further indication of the brainwashing of America, other’s might say it is proof of the intellectual decline of America, I think it could indicate that we have a whole lot of idiots amongst us.

  8. Doug Gibson says:

    In the no opinion shows … up until about 4 p.m. EST, all the cable networks do a good job. In their opinion shows, Fox has the most diversity and is by far the most entertaining, with its center-conservative edge, CNN is earnest but boring and MSNBC is too dogmatic

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  10. Nick Smith says:

    Man, this blog is right on. Fox is a center right and the only large news outlet that will consider conservative views in a serious way. MSM has become so openly leftwing bias it not worth the time to watch. At least MSNBC is honest about what they produce, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and NPR have deluded themselves or are openly lying about their bias. In their morning meetings does anyone not notice there are no conservatives in the room?
    Thank god for Fox News!

  11. sandyshoes says:

    the comments from Nick Smith remind me of the article by a college professor that has students that don’t believe some of the history classes. They act as if his lessons came from Fox, CNN, MSNBC and say they will go home and research it themselves. I haven’t watched Couric or Sawyer yet, but for me, the news is the news, is the news. It’s being reported and if you don’t like it, you don’t like what is going on in the world. Go ahead and bury your head in Fox Cable VIEWS not the news.

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