Fact Checker Finds 60% Of Fox News Statements To Either Be Mostly False Or A Lie


PunditFact tallied up all of the statements that they evaluated from the three cable news networks and found that 60% of all the statements they examined from Fox News were mostly false or worse.

According to PunditFact, here is how the three cable networks did on statements that the fact checker examined:

At Fox and Fox News, 10 percent of the claims PunditFact has rated have been True, 11 percent Mostly True, 18 percent Half True, 21 percent Mostly False, 31 percent False and nine percent Pants on Fire.

That means about 60 percent of the claims checked have been rated Mostly False or worse.


At MSNBC and NBC, 44 percent of claims have received a rating of Mostly False or worse.


And as for CNN? It has the best record among the cable networks, as 80 percent of of the claims rated are Half True or better.

PuditFact doesn’t check every statement made on the cable networks, so they strongly caution against drawing broad conclusions from their tallies, but this one of those situations where if there’s fire. Fox News has never made factual reporting a basis for what they do, and I can hear readers saying to themselves, “Just 60% false, that seems kind of low to me,” but the PunditFact findings match up with other studies that have concluded that Fox News viewers are the least informed of all media consumers.

MSNBC has become more of an opinion based network, so it isn’t surprising that they would be second behind Fox News in terms of true statements. CNN is the only widely accessible cable network, Al Jazeera America is not widely available, that does straight news, so it makes sense that they would have the lowest number of false statements. MSNBC is more factual than Fox News, but not as factual as CNN.

It is impossible to watch Fox News for an hour and not be subjected to a false or inaccurate statement. Fox News is one of the main reasons why the American people are so poorly informed. When the top cable news network is dedicated to pushing an ideological agenda over reporting the news, the public will be less informed. Even people who don’t watch Fox News are subjected to their misinformation techniques via interactions with poor informed Fox News watching friends and family.

42 Replies to “Fact Checker Finds 60% Of Fox News Statements To Either Be Mostly False Or A Lie”

  1. Doesn’t shock me.

    When lying all the time works, then you wonder why someone would care about the news?

  2. All the TP/GOP will do is critisize the article source. See they have never been able to handle the truth.

  3. Contempt for Conservatism, Religion, and History
    However, since, as Duarte et al. demonstrate at length and in detail, they are certainly one-sided, often exaggerated, and sometimes false, there is no justification for it.

    Tea bag/repubs have lower IQ’s

  4. CNN is that high because they present everything as a question instead of fact.

    They are ” just askin “, you betcha.

  5. “…but this one of those situations where if there’s fire.” ?!?

    For fux’ sake, I don’t disagree with the thrust of the article and lord knows I’ve accused this network of being propagandists often, but you make youself look a little dim when you can’t even formulate a tired old — if utterly apropos — adage correctly.

    All together now: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

    Also: “MSNBC has become more of an opinion based network, so it isn’t surprising that they would be second behind Fox News in terms of true statements.” Shouldn’t that be “second… in terms of *un*true statements”? Pretty sloppy, Mr. Easley.

  6. I believe that Morning Joe and Meet the Press are the two major contributors to MSNBC receiving that ranking.

  7. Murdoch and Ailes will try very hard to find out why the ‘mostly false” and “lie’ numbers are so low.
    I would like to see a further breakdown by show or host, I’m sure that Hannity, O’Reilly & the morning gabfest Fox & Friends are in the 80-90% range for false.

  8. MSNBC needs to do better. FOX is the worst, but MSNBC is suppose to be smarter than that. They don’t have to make shit up; there’s plenty to talk about when telling the truth about Right Wing politics today.

  9. Great site …. love how you don’t allow opposing view comments. I’ve attempted to post 2 of them, only to come back and see they are removed. Keep on drinking the koolaid folks, just walk right off the cliff.

  10. So you are a koolaid freak? Opposing views are welcome here from what I understand. Right wing lunacy is not.Rude name calling isnt either. Dont know what category you fall into, but it must have been some nasty stuff

  11. @koolaid, you really need to STFU! I’ve been on this site for over 2 yrs and you RIGHT WINGERS post so much $HIT here it’s not funny! so stop whining!! and playing the victim! YOU probably don’t have the TECH savvy to hit the POST COMMENT button !

  12. FUX NEWS lies 60% of the time??????? that’s hilarious! between their KKK style of broadcasting and their DAILY “SCARE WHITEY” alerts, I’m SHOCKED it’s not around 95% and I’m being polite!!

  13. EXACTLY!! NO so called “LIBERAL” network would allow a crap fest like morning joe on it program schedule!! but of course our RIGHT WINGERS freaks, swear that MSNBC is a LIBRIL plot!! BUT who’s the majority owner of MSNBC???? speak up RIGHT WINGERS!! it’s that “LIBERAL” stallworth named COMCAST!!!! LOL but then again the RIGHT WINGER freaks don’t know that FUX NEWS is partially OWNED by that CHRISTIAN gentlemen named AL -Waleed Ben Talal, Prince of Saudi Arabia

  14. So if Fox News is a main reason for the public being so misinformed, what was the excuse before Fox News? Was the public even more misinformed before Fox News or were they more informed before and just got less informed when Fox News first stared broadcasting?

  15. Actually, it has been documented that when people start watching Fox News, they become increasingly stupider, more bigoted, and more rage-prone.

  16. Pretty sad when the most factual news is found at Al Jazeera and the BBC and not in a domestic news provider. Even John Stewart does an honest job of providing news in the disguise of comedy. Unfortunately, the brainwashed American public is too naive to find the truth, thus we see a misinformed public assume that cable news is truth.

  17. Al Jazeera has no agenda. And I think they will win in the end. Fox and MSNBC are off the rails of reality

  18. This is Fox NEWS. Why can’t the FCC take them to court for falsehoods and misleading “news”. You have more protection for commercial ads. And don’t say it’s freedom of speech. Hate speech is not protected.

  19. and of course this is critical of FOX because they are too hard on Obama
    and that is why it is said that they lie.

  20. You must consider the source of the so called fact checking. This article is from the liberal media and no one with a brain believes the liberal media. Fox is number one while liberal cable networks continue to drop in viewers. Says it all.

  21. Fox is #1 in lying to people like you. Fox has lost viewers, especially in the 25-36 demo.

    Did you know, while you think Fox is so big, that Fox viewers ALL DAY LONG to not match up to 3 hours of All Things Considered” on NPR? That Fox is vastly behind the 3 networks? Its not that big.

    This is not from the liberal media. That says it all. You have been lied to.

  22. George Carlin’s best quote.
    “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that

    Any questions from the land of dumbfukery

  23. Where are these sites that debunk the fact checkers? Oh yeah you pulled it out your ass because the truth hurts

  24. DJ…loved George Carlin, the man was wise beyond his years!

    Here is one of the best quotes I like:

    When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat. ~ George Carlin

  25. Is ANYONE surprised to hear that FOX NEWS is not to be believed! BUT, after the latest with Brian Williams, is there any trustworthy news source?

  26. No, they’re the highest because they have neutral broadcasters who check their facts. You have a problem with that?

  27. Err…you must have missed that MSNBC whopper of race baiting. The one where they stated NAACP HQ BOMBED….only the supposed picture of broken glass was actually a coffee shop in France and the supposed “bomb” was actually around the corner at another shop….that barely left a mark on the ground. Whoops…firecracker becomes a race bating ploy for viewers complete with picture from France. Chuckle chuckle.

  28. The joke of course is on liberals. For years the leftwing bias’ers at the other networks could have capitalized upon the right viewers with just a little more favorable news than CNN–the Clinton News Network. But nope! They ignored–just like the republicans ignored the disenfranchised voters that put Obam-me in office after dubayh. And thus along comes Rupert Murdoch–closet liberal–who sees an untapped market and a way to make lots of money. Hmmm…if the THEN network liberals were sooo smart, why didn’t they see this? Such an UNTAPPED market was too hard to ignore.

    BTW: If the liberals are so smart then how come their president–a Harvard lawyer and constitutional law expert–pulled a first and misquoted actual same law in a self-prepared speech before all the law experts in COngress? You just can’t make this up! And why didn’t you take note of how many lawyers misquote law?

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