Poll: Fox News Seen As Least Trustworthy, Viewership Mostly Old Southern Republicans

Fox News is indisputably the most popular cable news channel. And yet in 13 years, Fox has never broken a story. That’s okay, because it is not in the news business. It is in the news-shaping business. Its programming is an admixture of right-wing propaganda and fear-porn for feeble-minded paranoiacs, served up by spokesmodels who have no clue what they are reading.

On a related note, Wal-Mart has joined 19 other big advertising in boycotting Fox News’ Glenn Beck in response to Beck calling Obama a “racist” who hates the white culture.

And, yes, it sells like hotcakes.

A new poll from DailyKos/Research 2000 finds that while almost all normal Americans see through this ruse, Fox depends almost exclusively on middle-aged and older Southern Republicans for its success.

Here’s Kos’ analysis:

Republicans watch Fox News and nothing else, Democrats split between MSNBC and CNN, and Independents watch nothing. MSNBC, in particular, depends on Democrats for the vast majority of its audience. One would think they’d realize this and get rid of Joe Scarborough to boost its morning ratings.

The South, unlike the rest of the country, appears to have their TV dials stuck on “FOX NEWS”. Except for the youth, that is. 82 percent of 18-29-year-old respondents never watched FNC.

When asked to rate the trustworthiness of the channels, Fox was called trustworthy by just 35 percent and untrustworthy by 41 percent. Among Southerners, 46 percent found Fox to be reliable, while only 25 percent did not. In the Northeast, 27 percent found Fox to be credible, while 55 percent did not. In the Midwest, the finding was 33 percent reliable, 46 percent unreliable; and in the West it was 33 percent vs 43 percent.

As Kos put it, “Republicans (and the South) obviously think [Fox is] the word of god, while Democrats think it’s shit.” (As if more evidence of the effectiveness of Fox’ brainwashing were needed, only 6 percent of Republicans found MSNBC to be credible.)

Relatedly, yesterday Wal-Mart and seven other companies joined the advertising boycott of Fox News’ Glenn Beck, in response to Beck’s assertion on Fox’ air on July 28 that Pres. Obama is a racist who, despite the fact the president’s mother was white and he was raised by his white grandparents, has a “deep-seated hatred of white people or the white culture.”

Advertisers joining Wal-Mart in the ban included GMAC Financial Services, Best Buy, CVS and Travelocity. The total number of corporations in the boycott is now around 20, and includes Geico, ConAgra, RadioShack, Men’s Wearhouse, State Farm, Sargento and Procter & Gamble.

At a real news organization Beck would be held accountable for his comments. Not surprisingly, Fox management has been silent on the controversy, which, of course, makes them complicit.

20 Responses »

  1. blaising August 18, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    Truth.

    Next…

  2. jeff marvel August 18, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    What kind of poll results would expect from the DailyKos? Duh!

  3. Madison August 18, 2009 @ 9:49 am

    So similarly, Jeff, no one should ever trust a poll conducted by Fox, right?

  4. moy August 18, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    I like article… except this part:

    In the Midwest, the finding was 33 percent unreliable, 46 percent unreliable;

  5. moy August 18, 2009 @ 11:37 am

    sorry… the article. (typing one-handed)

  6. Jason August 18, 2009 @ 11:40 am

    DailyKos polls will have mostly liberals answering them and Fox polls will have mostly conservatives answer them. It’s just how it works.

    The bottom line is polls are unreliable when used by a corporation whos base is either one majority or another because they’re going to get the results they want most of the time.

    Anyway it doesn’t surprise me that Wal-Mart cut away from Glenn Beck. They do support this administrations health care reform after all so why would they support someone who opposes it?

  7. Colby August 18, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

    @Jeff

    I’m pretty sure they didn’t call people saying, “We’re calling on behalf of DailyKos for the purpose of a poll….”

    Chances are good, nobody knew they were involved.

  8. Calvin August 18, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

    Fox News gets more under 55 viewers than MSNBC, CNN, HLN and CNBC combined. Who are you trying to fool?

  9. Nikolai August 18, 2009 @ 12:03 pm

    All RIGHT! Keep hittin’ ‘em in the WALLET. Then the nutsack, then back to the wallet until they go DOWN.

  10. Calvin August 18, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

    The cable news rankings are out and Fox News was the second most-watched basic cable channel in primetime last week, only behind USA. FNC was 5th overall in Total Day viewership.

  11. FoxSux August 18, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

    @Calvin

    Just because 90% of the world thought it was flat didn’t make it so.

    Fair and Balance it is not. No news program is but Fox doesn’t bother to hide the fact that is a Neo-Con propaganda machine.

    At least admit the facts.

  12. Judge Smails August 18, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

    DailyKos.com poll? Really? LOL. No really. LOL. Journalism has been dead for some time now. It’s all op-ed. Anyone who thinks otherwise is simply naive. MSNBC’s nightly line-up for example is insanely left, far worse than Fox is right. Maybe we should have a poll on Drudgereport.com that asked about the bias on MSNBC? (giggle)

  13. Mr Grey August 18, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    Oh I love it. One heavily biased group making a poll about another heavily biased group. I can go to bed early tonight, my day is complete.

  14. Mike F August 19, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

    Daily KOS contracts an independent polling company to conduct its polls.

    There can be no argument either that:

    “Fox News…product is not actually journalism. Fox has never broken a story, for example. Instead, what it broadcasts is an admixture of right-wing propaganda and fear-porn for feeble-minded paranoiacs, served up by spokesmodels.”

    I mean, just WATCH the station for a day and you’ll figure that out.

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  16. jsa August 20, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    Calvin, Can i please ask you how many years of school you completed? Also, per Barney Frank, how long have you lived on planet Earth? Theses are very important questions. We all need to know how you survive in this commie society.

  17. ron August 25, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    I like morning Joe why get rid of him makes it a balanced show a liberal and a conservative

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