How Trustworthy Are the Fox News, Drudge Report, and NewsMax Websites?

April 9, 2015

Submitted by:  Veronica Coffin

 

(This is the third of four articles by Fred Gielow based on a recent Accuracy in Media survey.)

In prior articles, I compared the trustworthiness of selected radio personalities and television networks. This article will look at AIM supporters’ ratings for Internet websites. Trustworthiness ratings resulted from a recent survey conducted by Accuracy in Media.

Survey participants rated several news sources on a scale of 1 to 10. A rating of 1 represented 0 percent trust. 10 represented 100 percent trust. A total of 988 surveys were tabulated. This was not a scientific survey, so the results should not be considered representative of a random cross-section of Americans.

Of the 988 individuals responding, 496 rated Fox News and 365 rated MSNBC. The average rating for Fox was 8.92, while the average rating for MSNBC was 1.57.

Here’s a summary of the websites rated:

ABC News CBS News NBC News CNN MSNBC FOX News
Total
Surveys
Tabulated
988 988 988 988 988 988
Number
Providing
a Rating
for this
Website
372 368 371 373 365 496
Average
Rating
1.92 1.82 1.71 2.03 1.57 8.92
Number
Providing
Rating=10
9 7 4 5 5 276
Number
Providing
Rating=1
252 259 274 230 297 16

 

Drudge Huffington Post NY Times USA Today NewsMax
Total
Surveys
Tabulated
988 988 988 988 988
Number
Providing
a Rating
for this
Website
306 298 315 290 306
Average
Rating
7.71 2.48 2.24 3.14 6.28
Number
Providing
Rating=10
114 16 10 11 66
Number
Providing
Rating=1
33 177 186 124 58

The websites considered trustworthy were identified as Fox (8.92), Drudge (7.71), and NewsMax (6.28). The others received very low ratings of less than 3.2.

Some of these ratings are embarrassingly low: MSNBC (1.57), NBC News (1.71), CBS News (1.82), and ABC News (1.92). Remember, a value of 1.0 represents a rating of absolutely zero trustworthiness.

My next, and final, article will discuss newspaper ratings.

 

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