Robert Olson (“Many smiles for Fox,” Letters, March 17) shared his happiness about the results of a Quinnipiac University poll on “Whose news coverage do you trust most?”
The poll reported that 29 percent of respondents picked Fox News as most trustworthy. Looking a little further, the university’s website shows that 42 percent of those polled were older than 55 years old and 60 percent were registered as either Republican or Independent and only 29 percent were registered as Democrat.
Hardly a representative sample of the U.S. adult population.
I would suggest Robert look at another ongoing poll that measures truth in news coverage when deciding what news to trust.
The website www.politi fact.com researches statements made by newscasters and rates their accuracy by comparing their statements with the facts.
Politifact rated 60 percent of the statements made by Fox News as either “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants on fire.”
NBC News was rated 44 percent on these three combined categories; ABC News was rated 30 percent and CNN News 13 percent. Rush Limbaugh’s rating on these combined categories was 84 percent. Please consider who tells you the truth when you decide who to trust about news coverage.