Cutting Through The Crap

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hen Housekeeping


Could it be? Might people finally be realizing the venality of the propaganda machine known as Fox "news?" Well, yes and no. Thinking people are. Which, as a poll reveals, excludes most Republicans. Nevertheless, the results of that recent poll are encouraging, if ever so slightly. It's now a minority of people (but, yep, still 70% of Rs) that consider Fox "news" credible. PBS, of all things, assumes the mantle of the most trusted. Who'd'a thunk it? (The poll seems to have been done before the recent Fox smear of PBS. Interesting to see a re-do: one would hope the numbers would favor actual news even more. Among the thoughtful, anyway.)

Here's how they stack up from highest net trust to worst:

Outlet

Trust/Distrust

Net

2010 Numbers

Shift from 2010

PBS

50/30

+20

Not Included

Not Applicable

NBC

41/41

0

35/44 (-9)

+9

CNN

40/43

-3

39/41 (-2)

-1

Fox News

42/46

-4

49/37 (+12)

-16

CBS

36/43

-7

32/46 (-14)

+7

ABC

35/43

-8

31/46 (-15)

+7


-A year ago a plurality of Americans said they trusted Fox News. Now a plurality of them don't. Conservatives haven't moved all that much- 75% said they trusted it last year and 72% still do this time around. But moderates and liberals have both had a strong increase in their level of distrust for the network- a 12 point gain from 48% to 60% for moderates and a 16 point gain from 66% to 82% for liberals. Voters between left and center tend to be more trusting of the media across the board, which is why a fair number of them were still rating Fox favorably even a year ago at this time. But it looks like with a lot of those folks it has finally crossed the line to being too political to trust.



Meanwhile, Fox continues its blanket disregard for truth, and for its viewers. Their latest claim had been discredited hours before ol' Sean went with it, which was well after it was removed from other sites as the error was discovered. (The original purveyor of the falsehood was the right-wing, Moonie-owned, The Washington Times. And even they took it down before Fox hyped it like energy bracelets.)

I suppose I should be happy that reasonable people are starting to wake up, and I am. But teabaggRs, refractory as ever to fact, remain solidly in the gullibility dumpster.

Sad.

8 comments:

SeaSpray said...

Off Topic - Just venting and I figure you'll appreciate it this time.

I just heard the idiot pastor down in Florida made good on his threat, burned the Koran against the advice of government and other pastors ..which set off the Afghans, who killed UN people. Two beheaded and others hung or chopped in pieces.

I've shut down with politics for awhile. Overload with all the bad news everywhere. I'll regroup and get back into the fray at some point.

Plus I got the mother of all stents out after being grounded all winter... and so making up for lost time. Which is good, because I can sort of get away from the news.

Sid Schwab said...

Yep. And it's even worse: he was aided and abetted by a Christian cable TV network. I'm writing about it.

Frank Drackman said...

Ummm let me get this straight...
A-rabs murder people cause someone burned a Book?
and it's the Guy Who Burned the Book's fault???
Thats whats great about America, you can burn books, watch porn, abort 17 million Black Babies(aproximate since Roe V Wade)Hmmm guess I missed whoever burned a Koran on September 10th, 2001.
10 killed is actually sorta low for most Arab Terrorists, you can make a case that Burning the Holy Koran SAVED lives..

Frank "Allah molests little boys" Drackman

Dr. John Baldwin said...

Sorry folks, but I have to come down on the side of Frankie. He has it spot on. Lots of books and the bible have been burned as well as the American flag (the one I served for) and nobody beheaded those perpetrators. Get it into perspective people....the "other guys" are on a different wavelenght...and if you think for one second they won't behead you for wearing a cross or a Yarmulka or a Star of David...you have to be dreaming. This enemy is REAL, and to be honest, lives in the shelter of the Constitution in a city near YOU. For God's sake, don't fall for this pathetic blame game....beheading and murder for one lousy Koran???

Sid Schwab said...

Jumping the gun, anyone? You know, not having read what I wrote.

Dr. John Baldwin said...

That's what happens when you take two days off....your fan base gets ahead of you.

Sid Schwab said...

What people see is heavily influenced by what they want to see; and by what they believe they're seeing.

SeaSpray said...

Oh Frank and Dr John ..I agree with you, but it's just that others had the foresight to anticipate what could happen (because of the known extremism and ruthlessness)and I just think if someone's *unnecessary* action could cause even 1 life to be lost (beheaded and chopped into pieces?)...then why do it? Others anticipated and warned him. Blind and selfish,myopic vision with his own agenda, imo.

I still have to read the new post up.