While U.S. President Donald Trump has exempted Fox News from his repeated criticisms of media outlets, new polling indicates that a plurality of American voters believe that the network is actually the most dishonest, with nearly a quarter of Republicans in agreement.
On Nov. 27, Trump took to social media to accuse CNN and other outlets of writing false coverage about his administration. The president made a point not to include Fox News in his criticism.
"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)," Trump tweeted out. "They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!"
On Nov. 30, CNN president Jeff Zucker fired back against Trump's comment during a media conference.
"He's a terrible media critic," Zucker said, according to The Daily Beast.
That same day, a survey conducted by the conservative-leaning Rasmussen found that a plurality of likely voters believed that Fox News would win Trump's so-called "Fake News Trophy."
Forty percent of respondents said that Fox News was the most dishonest major media network. And 53 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of Independents said that Trump's favorite network was the biggest purveyor of fake news while 24 percent of Republicans agreed, The Hill reports.
CNN arrived in second place, with 25 percent of respondents stating it would earn the dubious honor of the Fake News Trophy. Forty percent of Republicans said that Zucker's network was the most dishonest in mainstream media while only 13 percent of Democrats agreed.
MSNBC came in third place with only 9 percent of the vote. ABC News, CBS News and NBC News each received less than 5 percent support for taking the Fake News Trophy.
Overall, 65 percent of voters said that "fake news" was a pressing problem.
On Nov. 14, a survey conducted by Quinnipiac University found that a majority of registered voters disapproved of how the media covered Trump -- 58 percent of respondents disapproved of the networks reported on the president while 38 percent approved.
Meanwhile, 54 percent of voters said that they trusted the media over Trump while 34 percent said they were more likely to believe the president. Finally, 39 percent of respondents believed that networks fabricated some stories about the Trump administration while 57 percent said that this was not the case.