According to the "60 Minutes"/Vanity Fair poll, when asked the question, "Which one of the following do you consider to be the most trustworthy source of daily news in the United States," 32 percent of respondents answered CNN and 29 percent said FNC.
CBSNews.com reported the complete results:
Is America becoming a cable nation? With CNN getting 32 percent and Fox News 29 percent as the most trustworthy source of news, it would appear so. But if you factor in that around 50 percent of those that chose Fox were Republicans and 46 percent of those who chose CNN were Democrats (surprise) it might be an indication that America's propensity for fractious ideological divisions has spilled into how they choose to receive their daily ration of news. The big three networks (13 percent), The New York Times (8 percent) and the Wall Street Journal (7 percent) reflect an increasing diminution of old model, mainstream news delivery.
As Steve Krakauer noted Monday:
There was a breakdown between Republicans and Democrats too, and while CNN dominated among Dems and FNC among the GOP, CNN got more than 20% of the Republican "vote" while more than 10% of the Democrats polled picked Fox News as most trusted.
The numbers are staggering, and continue to prove that cable news has a relationship with viewers that is more comfortable and trusting than the other forms of news dissemination. For CNN, the title of "most trusted name in news" continues to bear out, even as ratings fall. For FNC, the close 2nd should be a point of pride for its journalistic bonafides, especially considering the right/left breakdown.
One final note: those worshiping Jon Stewart will be unhappy to hear the "Daily Show" came in last.
I guess that's why his writers got to assist President Obama in creating jokes for Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner.