While CNN pushes the limit in undermining Trump, FOX acts like the President’s own state-news network.
The two news channels stand at the two ends of political spectrum. But Trump’s presidency has intensified the divide like never before.
The two biggest sources of news for America — CNN and Fox News channel — are also at the two polarized ends of political dialogue in US today. The bitter and long-drawn rivalry of the two news channels is not hidden from anyone but one thing that CNN and Fox News, both have in common is their current subject which bares out their contrasting inclinations — President Donald Trump.
While CNN can’t miss a single coverage of Donald Trump’s wrong moves and fallacies, Fox News acts like an ignorant comrade who avoids all the president’s follies.
Fox News is a widely recognized pro-Republican news channel. Fox has often been exposed for doctoring reports that flatter Trump’s narrative and pleases his supporters. While CNN is extensively non-compliant to Trump’s ways and more pro-Joe Biden and Democrats, they can claim a better record of reporting facts that are unmanipulated.
Since 2016, the viewership of both Fox News and CNN has increased significantly, the credit for which goes to the presidency of Donald Trump. The US is experiencing a stark political divide through TV news channels. When Fox News glorifies whatever Trump says and does, the Republican president holds the news channel in high overtly regard. But when CNN choses to walk down the different road, Trump thwacks the channel down like he does with everyone who disagrees with him.
The credibility of journalistic houses hinges on their factual accuracy. If we compare CNN and Fox News on the scale of integrity, the latter is a clear loser.
While it would be wrong to say that either CNN or Fox News is non-partisan, at least the former is doing what it does the best, with integrity.
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Facts First — CNN v/s Fox News on the Scale of Factual Accuracy
According to the study by The Conversation, Fox News is five times more likely to use the word ‘hate’ than its competitors. The study aimed at finding out which news channels use more words that directly deviate the viewer’s thoughts towards political polarization. These words were ‘dislike’, ‘despise’, ‘can’t stand’ and ‘hate’. The study concluded that Fox News used the word hate and its equivalents five times more than CNN and MSNBC combined. Then in 2018, Fox News accidentally broadcasted a stat showing that they are the least trusted news channel among the viewers, CNN being the number one.
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During the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, when President Trump called it fear mongering and that America doesn’t need to worry about it, Fox News set new bars for fake news. Keeping journalistic principles aside, the channel dismissed the gravity of the pandemic in unison with Trump. In an attempt to strengthen the president’s views about coronavirus, Fox news told Americans that they should continue with their regular lives and not lock themselves inside their homes. While they were setting the bars high for all the fake news in the world, the Fox News office was being sanitized in the backdrop.
It won’t be wrong to blame leading news channels of America for the massive initial spurt in Covid-19 patients in the US.
Quoting Sean Hannity, the leading host of Fox News in the second week of March —
If you are over the mass hysteria, if you’re over politicizing and weaponizing of the coronavirus, you are not alone.
CNN on the same trajectory?
While CNN may not have a track record of lying and doctoring a political party’s statements to rectify their image, it does have a left leaning coverage on American political scene. Consequently, its reporting has been pleasing for the Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
CNN highlights all the actions of President Trump with facts that reflect his incapability of being a president. But this is all that CNN does when it comes to Donald Trump.
It won’t be wrong to say that both CNN and Fox News are on the same trajectory but in the opposite directions. However, one is doing it with facts and honesty (what they choose to project is factually correct, what they ignore to project is another story). While the other has been accused of manipulating coverage to support the propaganda of the leader it favors.
Both CNN and Fox News are on the same trajectory but in the opposite directions. It’s a clash of ideology with a distinction of integrity. But CNN may have gone too far in its effort to sabotage Trump’s campaign.