Poll: CNN Is Least Trusted News Network Among Its Viewers

Half of frequent Fox News viewers say they trust the political news they are getting, compared to 43 percent of regular MSNBC viewers and just 33 percent who watch CNN.
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    MINNEAPOLIS — A recent poll of cable news network viewers found that CNN’s regular audience is far more skeptical of the political news they receive than Fox News fans.

    In the poll published Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports, 1,000 likely voters were asked to describe their media viewing habits. Seventy-five percent said they watch at least some form of cable news each week, with 42 percent saying they most frequently watch Fox News, 35 percent usually choosing CNN, and 19 percent favoring MSNBC.

    An even 50 percent of frequent Fox News viewers agreed with a followup question, “Do you trust the political news you are getting?” By comparison, 43 percent of frequent MSNBC viewers and just 33 percent of those who mostly watch CNN said they trust their political news.

    According to a November survey by Rasmussen, 37 percent of voters still say they get most of their news from cable news networks. Voters in general were highly critical of the election coverage, with the strongest criticism coming from the 7 percent of those polled who said they mostly get their news from social media, rather than TV.

    While once considered a pioneer of 24-hour TV journalism, CNN has faced criticism and accusations of bias over its political news coverage. During the 2016 election cycle, some viewers and analysts claimed CNN focused too much attention on the candidacy of Donald Trump, even to the point that it negatively impacted other candidates. Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, worked at CNN for months as an on-air personality while maintaining notably close ties to the candidate.

    In April, Bernie Sanders supporters protested outside of CNN’s offices in Hollywood, claiming the network’s reporters ignored their candidate. In October, CNN cut ties with frequent contributor-turned-interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile after WikiLeaks’ archive of Hillary Clinton’s emails revealed Brazile gave Clinton advance notice of debate questions.

    Since the election, CNN has been quick to embrace President-elect Trump. On Dec. 2, CNN reporter Cristina Alesci praised Trump’s advisory board of wealthy CEOs, calling it a “historic” gathering. She continued:

    “I don’t think that I’ve ever seen anything quite like this before. … Like I said before, this list really represents a bipartisan group of people, so he’ll have some very diverse viewpoints to tap into.”

    The president-elect has surrounded himself with a cadre of wealthy advisors and Cabinet members, prompting many critics to question just how much diversity they’ll actually bring to the table. “The very definition of corporate media diversity: the entire spectrum of opinion, from GE to GM,” quipped Steve Rendall, a reporter for the media analysis organization Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, on Dec. 2.

    In September, FAIR also accused CNN of spreading a false claim about Black Lives Matter protests being stoked by “outside agitators” in Charlotte, North Carolina, which quickly went viral among conservatives.

    From their close ties to politicians to the apparent agendas pushed by paid pundits, viewers are wise to question the political news they receive from any major TV news network.

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    • Red

      CNN died after Ted Turner sold it. Then it became a rich man’s propaganda machine to help line his pockets with…along with Buzzfeed, NY Times, TIME, Bloomberg, MSNBC, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Washington Post and many, many more…follow the money and connect the dots and don’t drink the kool aid!! lol

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    • James Wherry

      That’s interesting: I don’t believe I’m getting any “news” at all from FauxNews OR MSNBCommunist: those two are just “commentary.” CNN and PBS are actual “news.”

      • A. Dogster member

        You know NOTHING, James Wherry.

        • James Wherry

          Based on what?

          • Red

            You still stand by CNN as real news James? After they threw the mud that gave way to buzzfeeds blunder. CNN can say all they want to that they didn’t give exact details…but they still reported it as if it was news. When they knew clearly it wasn’t. Especially since they had been sitting on this dossier since pre-election and hadn’t dared to pull it out then – like many major news networks wouldn’t. They all knew it was fake news gathered by the democrats to use in Trump.

      • Brian McKeever

        Huh? The Clinton News Network and the Propaganda Broadcasting Service are “news?”

        On election night, the PBS “news” room featured not a single commentator. liberal or conservative, able to hide their loathing of the Republican nominee. All they kept blabbering on about was how “wrong” they all were, yet not one of them was let go afterward. If I want “journalism” that bad, I’ll tune in a network not funded in part by my tax dollars.

        • James Wherry

          I didn’t watch PBS on election night, but I agree everyone in the mainstream media turned out to be wrong – though not about the popular vote, you must admit.

          • jamespadgett

            How long does it take to sink in, birght boy, that Trump was not going for popular vote victory, but for the ELECTORAL COLLEGE victory..which both candidates KNEW was what is needed to become prez. Trump spent ZERO time campaigning in California and New York, since knowing those electoral votes would be going to Clinton. How stupid people continue to be about this.

            • James Wherry

              You misunderstood my post, James. When I said that the mainstream media turned out to be wrong – the “wrong” was that Trump would lose. He won.

              When I said the media was wrong “though not about the popular vote,” that was a recognition that the mainstream media was RIGHT that Trump would not get the majority of votes. He did not.

              Does that clear things up?

      • jamespadgett

        Nice thing about the U.S.’s mainstream media, if you can’t afford fairty tale books…you can just turn them on and find greater degree of fantasy in what you see and hear.