It’s Fox. Don’t pretend you didn’t know it was Fox.
According to a fact-checking watchdog, Fox News broadcasts the most false information among TV news outlets, and they’re only getting worse.
Politifact regularly examines claims made on air by pundits, hosts, and paid contributors and ranks those statements by accuracy.
Their latest scorecard shows that more than 60 percent of the claims made on Fox News were “Mostly False” or worse:
Politifact found that only 39 percent of the claims made on air during Fox News broadcasts had some basis in fact, with 10 percent that could be proven as “True,” 11 percent rated as “Mostly True,” and 18 percent that were “Half True.”
A nearly equal number, 38 percent, of the claims made on Fox News were demonstrably “False,” while 26 percent of them were “Mostly False,” and 11 percent were mocked as “Pants on Fire” lies, the highest of any cable news network by a long stretch.
A little less than half, 44 percent, of claims made on MSNBC and NBC News were rated “Mostly False” or worse, a 1 percent improvement over their previous scorecard:
CNN was rated the most accurate cable news network, despite theories of black holes swallowing airliners and asking human rights lawyers if they support ISIS, with a full 80 percent of its claims rated as “Half True” or better:
Politifact cautions against relying too heavily on its scorecard to determine network accuracy pointing out that only some claims, not all, are fact-checked.
Statements made by candidates, government officials, or their representatives are not included in the scorecard.