When voters were asked which cable network traffics in "fake news," the results weren't even close.
Donald Trump ought to be careful what he wishes for. Fox News, too.
This week, while the historically unpopular Republican was boasting he was America’s “favorite” president, he urged that there be some sort of national referendum on which news outlet was considered to be the least trustworthy.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
The dopey tweet was designed to taunt CNN, which Trump has recently been obsessing over and trying to undermine its credibility.
The attacks have become so foul and dangerous, Trump earned a stern rebuke from Retired U.S. Air Force four-star general Michael Hayden.
“If this is who we are or who we are becoming, I have wasted 40 years of my life,” Hayden said. “Until now it was not possible for me to conceive of an American President capable of such an outrageous assault on truth, a free press or the first amendment.”
Meanwhile, the polling firm Rasmussen took Trump up on the idea and did a poll about the media. It found that Fox News was the run-away winner of the so-called Fake News Trophy.
After surveying more than 1,000 likely voters, Rasmussen found that 40 percent of them think Fox News is the clear leader in fake news, followed by CNN with 25 percent, and MSNBC with just 9 percent. (ABC, CBS, and NBC were each selected by less than five percent of respondents.)
Among the more interesting findings was the fact that nearly one-in-four Republican voters picked Fox News to win the Fake News Trophy.
Rasmussen, of course, is a conservative-leaning operation and has a history of polls showing Republicans with stronger support than other pollsters, which makes the recent fake news findings even more embarrassing for Fox News.
Trump has previously cheered Rasmussen findings. In January, Trump received a sky-high 59 percent approval from Rasmussen, which represented a complete outlier at the time. In June, Trump was so excited about the latest Rasmussen results, he tweeted them out while crowing the firm the “most accurate”:
The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating.That's higher than O's #'s!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017
Don’t wait around for Trump to tout Rasmussen’s latest Fox News findings.