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Is fox news reliable?

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Started: 6/15/2014 Category: TV
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mikekremer

Con

First round is acceptance
You also can't use data from fox news, because they are not reliable!
aLaPasta

Pro

I accept! Though, quick question, am I allowed to compare other confirmed reliable sources to FOX, or would that be too close to using FOX as a source itself?
Debate Round No. 1
mikekremer

Con

Yes you can.

The basic argument is whether it is reliable or not and we must look at the level of reliability. You can say that fox news is reliable in the sense that it does say some things that are correct, I will give that, but the problem is a what point to we consider a source actually reliable. I believe that in order for a source to be considered actually reliable, you need to have a scientifically accurate for most, if not all of your data. Science is always changing so that is why I say most. Also, you can't base your information on theories that are not backed up by clear facts. In politics, a lot of people shoot theories that sound great, but have little data to back up their claim. Those are not reliable.
So is Fox News reliable in that sense? No it is not.
Here are some examples that show that Fox News can't be considered reliable based on misrepresentation, misunderstandings, and incorrect ideas.
1. Climate coverage at Fox News was, at one point, 7 percent accurate, and now it is 28 percent accurate. So it's safe to say that we can't rely on their climate coverage.
http://www.ucsusa.org...

2. They use misleading graphs and visual aids when trying to make a point. Now, this isn't necessarily incorrect, but it is used to mislead the viewer, causing a skewed idea of the topic, which is in itself, not reliable. Example was when they showed how the unemployment under obama skyrocketed fro 7 percent to 14 percent. Obviously this is really bad. But if you look at the data, they used different rates of unemployment. The 7 percent was just full time workers, and the 14 was all workers including part time. So if you compared the same type, it shows that it only went up half a percent. Really misleading, and incorrect. Apples and Oranges
http://mediamatters.org...

3. On their actual TV shows, and that's what they are, shows, not news, they have experts come in to discuss certain topics from pot, to politics, and during these discussions, get proved wrong. They actually bring people who are highly educated on the facts, and get corrected, but most of the time refuse to believe it. I think that if you are a news station, you should be telling the news, not your opinion, and definitely not pushing your agenda. Fox News does it all the time and it's frustrating because you don't know what to believe, and when you actually get someone who knows what they are talking about, the people at Fox News don't believe them.
Here are some videos to back up the claim
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https://www.youtube.com... I really like this one because they brought in someone to talk, but didn't let her say one thing. They kept interrupting her every time she tried to make a point, and started saying irrelevant facts that make it sound horrible. Also, you have to love it when they say stop blaming Bush. You have to blame a lot of people when talking about the economy. It's not like the government resets after each presidency, things are carried over. Also, the fact he said about food stamps, well every president has the most people on welfare during their term, and more people were added during bush than obama. Yet another misrepresentation. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com...

So to conclude my argument, I think that Fox News is an opinion based source that shows one side of the argument. They do a very good job at it, but to actually use it as a reliable source for information, it shouldn't be considered one. As stated earlier, I am not debating if they say things that are correct, because they do, I'm just stating that they are not reliable because they don't do it enough.
aLaPasta

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
mikekremer

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Debate Round No. 3
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Debate Round No. 4
mikekremer

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