To actually call it “news” is laughable, and their tagline “Fair and Balanced” is an even bigger joke.
Now I’m not saying other stations don’t have bias, MSNBC is obviously geared more towards liberals. But there’s a massive difference between what Fox News does and what MSNBC does.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really watch mainstream news. I tend to use the internet to research what’s going on rather than have some pundit who relies on ratings telling me what’s supposedly happening. The only channel I do watch regularly is Fox News, and that’s because I’ve developed a great trick for finding out truth in news. What I do is take whatever Fox News is currently pushing, research it myself, and in that research I find the truth—which is rarely what I heard from their broadcasts.
But the main difference between MSNBC and Fox News isn’t their bias—like I said, they’re both biased. The difference is where MSNBC panders news towards liberals, Fox News will simply make stuff up to create a story. Not that MSNBC hasn’t pushed this line before as well, but this is almost a weekly occurrence on Fox.
A few studies have been done looking at the news channel people watch most, and the amount of factual information these individuals actually knew. In these studies Fox News viewers are almost always deemed the “most misinformed” of the respondents polled. Not only are they the most misinformed viewers, they were even more misinformed than those who responded that they don’t watch any news at all.
Basically, if you don’t watch any news at all, you’re more likely to correctly answer simple factual questions about our government and events going on in our nation than if you watched Fox News.
So, what does that mean? It’s simple.
It shows Fox News distorts the truth so often that watching, and trusting, their “news” actually makes people less informed than if they watched nothing at all.
Now I could give you seemingly countless examples of Fox News pulling stories out of thin air, but I’m just going to use two from last year’s Presidential race to prove my point.
Anyone remember the “You didn’t build that” line by President Obama last summer that sent Republicans into a frenzy? You should, they built their entire Presidential convention around it.
Conservative media outlets like Fox News jumped all over this line by the President. They pushed it as the “radical socialist Obama dismissing the hard work of the American business owner.”
Which sounds awful, except for the fact that they took the line completely out of context. What he was actually talking about was that working together, Americans have achieved great things. That nobody got anywhere on their own, they had help. Be it the teacher who influenced them, the parents who raised them or the roads they use to get supplies into their business—nobody gets where they are without help from others.
But the truth didn’t matter once conservatives had their line. And this wasn’t similar to the speech recorded of Mitt Romney detailing his disdain towards 47% of Americans, this was an entire speech which conservatives took 4 words from to create an entirely different meaning. Which I always found funny. By that I mean, if Obama is as bad as they claim he is—why did they have to take 4 words from a speech completely out of context to build their entire Presidential convention on?
Then there was the Presidential election itself. If you watched Fox News, or listened to conservative media personalities, not only were almost every single one of them predicting an easy victory for Romney—they had the nerve to call the overwhelming number of polls that said Obama was going to win with over 300 electoral votes “liberally biased.”
You were hard pressed to find any of these people predicting Obama was headed for a victory. Knowing how the election turned out, with Obama easily winning with over 300 electoral votes, how could almost every single one of these “experts” have been wrong? And not just wrong, they were so completely inaccurate that you could have pulled someone off the street and gotten a better prediction for the election than we heard from these supposed “experts.”
But the answer is simple. It’s because the truth doesn’t matter to them. After the election results came in, conservative voters were shocked. Not “fake” shocked, either—they were literally stunned. How could President Obama have won? After all, every “news” source they had trusted told them for months that Romney was headed for a fairly easy victory. But here was reality smacking them in the face—President Obama crushed Mitt Romney.
This is why I call Fox News total garbage.
It isn’t just that they report the side of the story which I happen to disagree with. It’s that their reporting of “news” is so laughable that to watch (and trust) Fox News means you’re more likely to be misinformed about simple indisputable facts than if you watched no news at all.
Now I’m not saying you have to like ABC, CBS, MSNBC or CNN—I really don’t care whether you do or not. Like I said, I don’t watch a lot of mainstream news. But Fox News is on a whole other level when it comes to worthless news coverage.
Because where CNN or MSNBC might sing the praises of how great a blue sky is—Fox News tries to convince you the sky isn’t actually blue. And millions of people believe it.