Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fox News most trusted television news network on US.

This is very depressing....

Fox is the most trusted television news network in the country, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network.


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5 comments:

The Atheist Missionary said...

Ah, Mr. Philosopher. You don't know the half of it. If you want to experience the heartbeat of America, let me take you on a little walk around the tailgaters at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY about an hour before a Buffalo Bills game. If that's not a picture of a country in decline, I don't know what is.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, people believe what they hear, especially if they hear it repeatedly, and especially if it confirms what they already believe. So of course people trust the network who repeats the same simplistic messages they already believe because they've been continually listening to that network.

It is depressing.

Paul P. Mealing said...

Anonymous got it right.

“But the media landscape has really changed, and now they’re turning more toward the outlets that tell them what they want to hear.”

The other interesting statistic was the Republican Democrat split: 74% versus 30%.

I suspect it's the same all over the world, people follow the news that reflects their political bias.

In Australia, people who watch ABC don't watch commercial TV and vice versa. Someone who worked in both, in current affairs, once said that a programme that could be transmitted on ABC would never go to air on commercial TV - he said it's a completely different demographic.

At least, on ABC, they have to always canvass an alternative opinion, particularly a contrary viewpoint, and they're more diligent in that regard than the commercial networks. In other words, they practice a higher journalistic standard for giving a balanced picture.

Americans don't have anything like the BBC or ABC, so they miss out on a lot in my view.

Regards, Paul.

Anonymous said...

Fox uses simpler sentences to communicate the same ideas as the BBC, Sky, ABC, CNN et al. Why? They are all owned by PEOPLE with the same interests.

Being depressed that one is more popular than another is like being depressed that Stalin was more popular than Hitler during the 2nd War in the Allies Camp.

Paul P. Mealing said...

People may not understand that ABC in Australia is not ABC in America - it's the equivalent to the UK's BBC.

In other words, it's not owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Regards, Paul.