Fox News Comes Out On Top In Most Trusted News Channel Poll

| by Ethan Brown
Bill O'Reilly.Bill O'Reilly.

Fox News was voted the most trusted news network in a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University.

Of those polled, 29 percent believe Fox News is the most trustworthy, with CNN in second at 22 percent. CBS News and NBC News both tied for third with 10 percent, while ABC News finished behind with 8 percent support. MSNBC finished in last place, with 7 percent of respondents voting it the most trusted news source. 

The poll, which was conducted in March, does not come as much of a surprise, as Fox News has been the cable news ratings leader for years. The news network was the second highest rated cable network in 2014, falling just behind first place finisher ESPN, according to Forbes.

Scandals that have plagued CBS News, NBC News and MSNBC have not helped those networks gain traction.

In Fall 2013, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was suspended for interviewing Dylan Davies, a former federal security officer who claimed to be a witness of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 that claimed the lives of four Americans. Davies had fabricated his story and Logan was accused of not properly fact-checking her sources, leading to a public apology and her suspension.

NBC News, once the ratings leader, has suffered major setbacks recently. The news division’s main anchor, Brian Williams, was suspended from his post earlier this year for fabricating his own experiences while covering the Iraq War and his reports from Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

MSNBC has never held the success of its two main rivals, with the ratings of some of the network’s on-air talent declining to their lowest levels ever in recent months, according to TV by the Numbers.

The prominent on-air talent at Fox News, including Megyn Kelly, Bill O’Reilly and Shepard Smith, have remained relatively controversy-free during their tenure at the network. Of the three, O’Reilly’s name is the most notorious; earlier this year, he was accused of lying about a report while covering the Falklands War in the early 1980s. No facts backed up the accusations and O’Reilly publicly denied the allegations.

Here, courtesy of Forbes and Statista, are the full rankings:

Sources: Forbes, TV By the Numbers, CBS News, CNN Money, The Washington Post, Quinnipiac University

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