In a result that came as a surprise to many, Fox News took second place in a new poll as to which TV news sources Americans trust most.
The poll, conducted by Research Intelligencer, asked over four thousand people to rate TV news sources that they consumed more than three times a week in order to gauge which networks Americans felt were most trustworthy.
Fox News, with 87 percent on the trust scale, was second only to BBC with 90 percent.
Fox News has a long-documented history of routinely lying to its viewers in an effort to make Republican personalities and policies more favorable to the American public. According to Politifact, 59 percent of claims on Fox News fall somewhere between blatantly false and mostly false.
In the past, those on the network have claimed that rape doesn’t occur on college campuses and stoked false claims that former Democratic National Committee staffer was murdered as revenge for leaking DNC documents.
Rounding out the Top 5 most trusted TV news networks were PBS in third with 86 percent, Bloomberg in fourth place with 81 percent, followed by MSNBC at 80 percent.
Americans across social media were baffled as to how a network that lies so recklessly could be so trusted, fearing what it may mean for the country as a whole.
this is unfreaking believable – FAKE Fox news as one of TVs most trusted brands and ahead of PBS, that is not real! No Way!
BBC, Fox News, PBS ranked as TV's most trusted news brands https://t.co/6ojDJ4SHeg
— Rocco Cocco (@racoccojr) July 31, 2018
How can Fox News be branded "trustworthy" when it's anathema to the truth? Are people THAT dependent on lies?
— Chris Morris (@davincimorrisco) July 31, 2018
That Fox News is considered the number 2 most trusted news brand in America is a clear indication of the truly dire situation our country is in. Fox News is the propaganda arm of the Trumpist Party, constantly shilling for this administration, not an actual news service at all! https://t.co/nyhzJZIR3m
— Maurizio Passariello (@mpassariello) July 31, 2018
I don’t think the world understands how f’d we are. We are dealing with the dumbest, most brainwashed zombies on the planet. There is no end in sight. How anyone can trust Fox News after the last two years is terrifying.
— David Dennison (@TheLastCLEFan) July 31, 2018
The poll also asked Americans about their trust in President Donald Trump.