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PolitiFact, a fact-checking blog at the Tampa Bay Times, looked at 125 statements made by news pundits and guests on Fox News to determine their accuracy. The analysis revealed that 61% of the statements were either mostly false, definitely false or “pants on fire” false. Another 18% were half true, 11% mostly true and only 10% completely true.
A PolitiFact examination of statements made on MSNBC and NBC news programs found 44% to be mostly false, definitely false or “pants on fire” false. Twenty-two percent were half true, 24% mostly true and just 9% completely true.
CNN also delivered a fair share of untruthful statements, but substantially less than the other two networks. Only 21% fell in the false category, while 23% were found to be half true, 42% mostly true and 15% completely true, according to PolitiFact’s analysis.
Among examples of false statements cited by PolitiFact was Fox pundit Steve Emerson’s claim about alleged non-Muslim “no go” zones in Europe: “There are actual cities” like Birmingham, England, “that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”
Another Fox falsehood noted by PolitiFact was delivered by commentator John Stossel. “There is no good data showing secondhand smoke kills people,” he said on the air. To which PolitiFact countered, “There is plenty of scientific research and consensus that secondhand smoke does indeed kill people,” and it cited studies from multiple major scientific organizations to back it up.
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