Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fox news: the channel you love to hate

At least according to this chart of people's most and least trusted TV news sources:

I'm deeply curious how many of the people who ranked anything as their "least trusted" actually arrived at that assessment after watching that particular channel.  This feels like a poll that's a lot more about social signaling than about actual assessment of new sources.

Here's the original poll.  


  1. I don't get cable or watch the other TV newsertaintments, but I'm subjected to CNN in O'Hare and some other airports. So they're pretty low on my list. When visiting relatives the TV is sometimes on, but I can't tell one station from another (except for BBC) (and they're allergic to Fox).

  2. Before he started his long tenure as the host of the tonight show, Johnny Carson hosted a game show called "Who do you Trust?" I was quite young so I don't really remember the point, but that is it point of this poll. I tend to agree with you that I suspect these answers have more to do with perception than actual experience.

  3. Agree x2. Fox is the one "conservative" source, so they pick up that demographic while the liberals split the others. I don't know if that's true, but that's the perception. Sort of the opposite of the Republican primaries, where the many conservatives cannot gain traction against the moderate, versus the Democratic primaries, which measure who is the most charismatic liberal.