Not All Americans are Stupid; Only the 41% who Trust Fox News

Like most things connected to media mogul Rupert Murdoch, his Fox News TV channel is a piece of crap with its unabashed, reckless love of the Republican agenda and relentless bashing of Democrats and their leader Barack Obama.

But we live in a world where large numbers embrace garbage with open arms (just look at the Indian fondness for their trashy movies).

Given people’s love for garbage, not surprisingly, Fox News is a big force in America with millions tuning in daily to watch the faux news channel and its bunch of high-profile hosts like Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly etc and guests/commentators like Karl Rove, Sarah Palin (recently retired), Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin.

Down, Down, Down

The good news is that the number of idiots trusting Fox News has come down to a record low of 46% in a recent poll by the Public Policy Polling organization.

46% of Americans Do Not Trust Fox News

In 2010, 39% of voters did not trust Fox News.

So the new poll must be disturbing to the top honchos at Fox News.

A highly profitable source for Rupert Murdoch, Fox News is headed by Roger Ailes, a media consultant for three former Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

I’ve often wondered if Fox News is pandering to idiots or brainwashing normal people into blithering idiots who’ll believe any crap the TV channel shoves down their throat.

The reason I slam Fox News viewers as idiots is because the channel enthusiastically supports the Republican party, which is primarily focused on the welfare and well-being of the rich, super-rich and mega-rich (folks like the defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney).

The Republican Party has no concern for the interests of the middle class and the poor, which comprise the majority of Fox News’ viewer base that has suffered as a result of Republican policies.

Who Won?

PBS won the poll with 52% of voters affirming their trust in the news channel.

By the way, PBS was the sole news channel that more Americans trust than distrust.

I must admit I have rarely watched PBS.

But in my defense, I’ll say that I don’t watch much TV preferring to get my news off the Internet.


Now comes the depressing aspect of the poll.

When Americans were asked which single outlet they trust the most and least out of the TV channels they were polled on, Fox News comes up tops.

Sadly, 34% said Fox was the one they trust the most, compared to 13% for PBS, 12% for CNN, 11% for ABC, 8% for MSNBC, 6% for CBS, and 5% each for Comedy Central and NBC.

Most Trusted TV News Outlet

That so many Americans trust the Fox News channel is cause for alarm, more so when the nation faces so many serious challenges like high unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, runaway defense spending and high debt.

Public Policy Polling’s survey also showed that the majority of those who trusted Fox News voted for the Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Least Trusted TV News Outlet

Guess, there’s not much hope for America as long as citizens get the news they depend on to make their voting decisions from a TV channel like Fox News that never misses an opportunity to spew misinformation and disinformation.

6 Responses to "Not All Americans are Stupid; Only the 41% who Trust Fox News"

  1. narsayya   February 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    You can add 26% of them to stupids list too. Those that trust Comedy Central. 🙂 Responds:

    No wonder Obama ends every speech with God Bless America.

    Being smart (not that smart because Obama got into Columbia/Harvard under the “Reservations” category), he knows we’re going downhill faster than Lindsey Vonn (yeah, she of the broken bone and two torn ligaments).

  2. boopalanj   February 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Did you read this piece? Responds:

    Good Lord! Is this what the world has come down to?

    Flashing pussy, ‘wardrobe malfunction’ etc to grab the world’s attention for 20-seconds!

    Here’s the YouTube version –

    • boopalanj   February 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Seems it was done deliberately.

      Her name is – Branka Knezevic, and she featured in Playboy. Of course, link shows up in google 😉 (Grinning) Responds:

      Yeah, I read the story in your Daily Mail link.

      But there’s no class, no originality in the tease….just so crude.

      I suppose I’m in the minority since the YouTube video has already garnered over 1.2 million views!

      But the Serbian Prime Minister kept his cool…..he looked amused. 😉

      Imagine someone flashing Manmohan Singh!

      The Sikhs, the Hindus, the RSS, the various caste groups, the pundits on TV etc would all be up in arms about the collapse of morality, insult to the nation, bad effect on children…..

      • boopalanj   February 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        Something I also was thinking today but on a different context.

        I read this below quote on a recent book (quick wit) I bought.

        I fired Douglas MacArthur because he wouldn’t respect the office of the president. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was.
        – Harry Truman.

        Not only majority of people lack senses for such quick wit in India, they’ll make the person who likely say something humorous like this apologize in front of media. Responds:

        1. Indians as a group don’t take humor in a good spirit.

        In the U.S., they lampoon our political and business leaders mercilessly – Chris Christie (NJ governor) for his weight, Republicans for their support of the rich, Democrats for being pussies, Donald Trump for supporting the birther conspiracy theory against Obama, NRA for their gun advocacy etc.

        And those at the receiving end take it in good humor, even appearing on the late night comedy shows.

        The problem with Indian leaders is that they think they’re above any criticism.

        2. Truman was famous for The Buck Stops Here sign on his desk –

        Truman remains the only President/leader in history to have ordered a nuclear strike.

        • boopalanj   February 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

          Yes, P Chidambaram once tried to repeat the familiar buck-stops-here in a statement.

          Truman’s quotes are very famous.


          If you love reading famous quotes, you should get the Yale Book of Quotations (Edited by Fred R.Shapiro).

          Expensive but worth it. Over 1,000 pages of remarkable quotes.

          The Harry Truman section in the book has 13 quotes including my favorite – There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know. (p.770)

          • boopalanj   February 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

            Thanks. I’ll add that to my buying list.

            I usually go to brainyquotes, but lately I saw few same quotes on two different celebrities’ sections, and hence thinking who said them originally.



            The brainyquote web site seems decent but the Yale Book of Quotations also provides the source and sometimes even the dates for the quotes.

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