Saturday, April 16, 2016
Fox Leads All News Outlets In On-Air Lies By Pundits
This is very depressing. Our news outlets are supposed to be telling us the truth. How can a democracy survive when those news outlets can't be trusted?
The chart above was made from the results of PolitiFact checking the truth of claims made on-air by the pundits they invite to pontificate (and usually allow them to comment without correcting any lies they tell).
The king network for falsehoods is still Fox News. About 60% of the claims made by pundits in their broadcasts are lies. This doesn't surprise me. They really aren't a news organization at all. They are a propaganda machine designed to further the aims of the right-wing and the Republicans Party (neither of which minds telling a lie to get what they want).
The real disappointment is among the other networks, who allow far too much false information to go unchecked on the airwaves. For NBC and MSNBC, the percentage of falsehoods is about 46%. On ABC and CBS, the percentage is about 34%. CNN is the leader in broadcasting the fewest lies -- about 18%.
That's too much. Even CNN, who broadcast the fewest lies, could be doing much better. Why don't they? Can you imagine such newsmen as Edward Murrow or Walter Cronkite putting up with this level of false reporting?
It is because the networks, all of them, are now corporate-owned entities -- dedicated to making money rather than reporting the news. In the past, a network would allow its news division to lose money -- and they would make up the loss in their entertainment division. They did this because they thought the reporting of the news (the truth) was an important function of broadcasting services. That is not true anymore. Now news must take second -lace to making money (and reporting the corporate view of the news).
We should all be worried about this -- at least those of us who treasure our democracy. An educated public is necessary to the survival of a democracy -- and our news outlets, who should be telling us the truth, are instead failing to correctly inform us. They should be ashamed -- and we should be ashamed for allowing it to continue.