Report: Rush Limbaugh Is America’s Least-Trusted News Source


limbaugh-rushThirty-nine percent of Americans say they don’t trust Rush Limbaugh when it comes to news about government and politics, giving the radio personality the highest untrustworthiness rating of 36 news sources included in a recent Pew Research Center Study. Americans overall are three times more likely to say they distrust Limbaugh than to say they trust him.

Just behind Limbaugh is Fox News, which 37 percent of Americans say they don’t trust. But this is offset by the large number — 44 percent — who say they do trust Fox News. Paradoxically, Fox is simultaneously one of the least and most trusted news sources in America, reflecting the sharp differences in partisan attitudes about the network.

When it comes to trust, MSNBC is something of Fox’s liberal equivalent: 22 percent of Americans say they don’t trust the network, giving it the fourth-highest untrustworthiness rating. But, again, this is offset by the 38 percent of Americans who say they do trust MSNBC.

Overall, four of the top five least-trusted news outlets have a strong conservative lean: Limbaugh, Fox News, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. MSNBC rounds out the list. The most trusted news outlets, on the other hand, tend to be major TV networks: CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, with Fox at No. 5.

The Pew Study notes that “liberals, overall, trust a much larger mix of news outlets than others do. Of the 36 different outlets considered, 28 are more trusted than distrusted by consistent liberals.” By contrast, among conservatives “there are 24 sources that draw more distrust than trust.”

Read more at The Washington Post.

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  1. Not so, Eli, read the statistics and who they interviewed. Do you think they’d publish such a poll that could so easily be dismissed? When one gets out of their box, they might find intelligence and reasonable discourse can actually happen. Listening to the hacks, just is not the place for any sort of truth… And yes, I vote conservative, so don’t try that…

  2. He is not a “news source” and does not claim to be one. He is a commentator. He takes news from various sources and comments about it. You can agree or disagree with his opinions, but it doesn’t make sense to say that people trust or distrust him as a news source. Washington Post is not to be trusted as a news source.