Trump’s ‘Fake News Trophy’ Contest Results Based on PolitiFact Data


Early Monday morning Trump tweeted, “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!” While this isn’t exactly what the president had in mind, we’re going to use his tweet as a jumping-off point to compare the current PolitiFact network scorecards.

Essentially, we’re ignoring the part about ‘your favorite President’ and looking at each network’s coverage in general. We’re also including Fox, since this is based on the five networks tracked by the folks at PunditFact: CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS and MSNBC (which also includes NBC). The scorecard “shows the ratings for statements made on air by [network] personalities and their pundit guests. Rulings do not include statements made on air by politicians or paid spokespeople.”

Trump’s Fake News Trophy Rankings

via PunditFact’s Network Scorecards

CNN — 27% False

ABC — 35% False

NBC & MSNBC — 41% False

CBS — 45% False

FOX — 60% False

It’s important to note that the scorecard data is compiled by a staff of three people at PunditFact who obviously have some input into what ‘facts’ get checked. Since the data gathering is so subjective, it’s pretty pointless to try and draw broad conclusions from this, but it does seem to show that every network features personalities and pundits who both lie and tell the truth.

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