After the five-day coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent manhunt for the bombers, CNN is no longer the most trusted cable TV news network, according to a recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll. The survey indicated that Fox News, formerly seen as biased when concerning news events, was more believable than CNN.
More on the bad news for CNN from NewsBusters:
Of course, all cable news outlets saw their viewership rise sharply because of their coverage of the bombing and subsequent search for the terrorists behind it.
As a result, 38 percent of the respondents said the channel was “very” or “somewhat” believable, and 21 percent said it was “not very” or “not at all believable.”
Also, MSNBC had no reason to smile since the poll indicated that 42 percent of the people polled “don’t watch” the channel. In addition, the liberal channel fared poorly in the “very” or “somewhat” believable category with 35 percent.
However, the survey brought good news for the Fox News Channel, which had a 50 percent rating in the categories of “very” and “somewhat” believable even though 28 percent of those polled said they don’t watch the cable news outlet, which is far less than its competitors.
In fact, Bill O’Reilly — host of the top-rated news channel program — stated that The O’Reilly Factor drew record ratings on Friday, April 19, when law-enforcement officials hunted for and captured 19-year-old terrorism suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Many polls have come before tarnishing CNN in favor of Fox News, but those have generally come from conservative sources. The Huffington Post is generally liberal and has no reason to favor Fox, showing that CNN really was damaged by their terrible Marathon bombing coverage.
CNN is available on DIRECTV on channel 202. Fox News is available on channel 360.