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.
The study found that only 29 percent of Americans trusted Donald Trump, however Fox News and the president have routinely had a symbiotic relationship.
In addition to Trump and Hannity’s private conversations, the president also gave Hannity the first interview on his Helsinki summit last month–a summit many deemed disastrous, though Hannity went fairly easy on him.
Hannity isn’t the only one whom the President favors at Fox News. In an infamous interview this past April, the president called into Fox & Friends on the first lady’s birthday. The hosts sat by, confused, as Trump made rambling statements like:
Nobody has done what I’ve been able to do, and I did it despite the fact that I have a phony cloud over my head that doesn’t exist. It was what the Democrats used to try and make an excuse for their loss of an election.
While the majority of Americans may not trust the president, he’s routinely gained the endorsement of Fox News. It’s not surprising, since both are seen by much of the public as peddlers of lies and misleading statements. It’s unclear though whether their special relationship will benefit both parties or one day be their mutual undoing.