Over the years, Fox News has rapidly deteriorated from a trusted news source to a mouthpiece for the GOP, the leaders of which have themselves adopted deeply reactionary and anti-liberal policies. Fox News’ consistent attacks on the Parkland teens— manifested in part by the spreading of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories— has aided in its becoming one of the least-trusted “news” networks in the country.
And they know it.
A recent segment featuring Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz and Republican strategist and author Frank Luntz saw the men discussing the propagation of “fake news,” public mistrust of mainstream media, and Trump’s Twitter. At one point during their conversation, Kurtz threw up a poll onscreen:
“Speaking of fake news,” says Kurtz, “there is a new poll out from Monmouth University. ‘Do the media report fake news regularly or occasionally?’ 77 percent say yes,” at which point he realizes the wrong graphic is being shown.
The actual onscreen graphic asked, “Who do you trust more?” and listed CNN at 48 percent, MSNBC at 45 percent, and Fox News at 30 percent. The public’s trust in Donald Trump proved even more dismal.
To reiterate: 77 percent of people think all news networks report fake news often, they trust Fox News the least, and Donald Trump even less than that.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 8, 2018
“That is not the graphic we are looking for. Hold off,” a panicked Kurtz said when he saw the mistake. “Take that down, please.” The graphic was taken down, but the clip is still live on Fox News’ Twitter.
In the same segment, Fox News confirmed its status as the least-trusted news network and managed to inadvertently explain why. At one point, guest Frank Luntz says, “The fact is, we got our news to affirm rather than inform, and that’s one of the greatest threats to the health of this democracy.” Rather than inform audiences, Kurtz immediately took down a graphic that did not align with the network’s self-inflated sense of strength and worth.
But the numbers, unlike Fox News, don’t lie.
Lol. He asked to take down that graphic real quick.
— Chris Williams (@TheReal_BigWill) April 8, 2018
accidentally shared the truth, "take that down" 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/AJuOMlEP9I
— Topher Taylor (@TophTT) April 8, 2018
— MLP (@MLPSTA) April 8, 2018