On November 27, Donald Trump tweeted this:
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
In the aftermath of that, the Republican-leaning polling organization Rasmussen Reports decided to ask Americans which news organization should receive Trump’s fake news trophy. The answer they provided is certainly not the one that Donny Smallhands wanted to hear.
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Rasmussen started their summary of the poll by saying that Americans agree with Trump — fake news is a serious problem.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters consider fake news a big problem, with 42% who say it’s a Very Big one. Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree, but that includes only 16% who believe fake news is not a big problem at all.
In the poll, there were two news outlets that attracted the most attention as purveyors of fake news. And which one they think is more guilty depends in part on the political party of the respondent. The two outlets are CNN and Fox News. But the winner of a solid plurality of votes was the GOP’s state-run news channel and the only news service explicitly excluded from the contest by Trump — Fox. His least favorite network, CNN, came in a distant second.
Fox News was the choice of 40 percent of respondents as the winner of the fake news award. CNN came in second at 25 percent. Surprisingly MSNBC, the so-called “liberal” network, was a very distant third at nine percent. The three major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) finished well behind the others in fourth, fifth, and sixth.
Of course, respondents’ opinion of what network is most responsible for fake news depends largely on their party registration. Fox was the choice of 53 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of independents. But, somewhat surprisingly, almost a quarter of Republican respondents (24 percent) agreed. Forty percent of Republicans said CNN should win the fake news award but only 24 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats made the longtime cable news standard-bearer their choice.
We report, you decide.