A study from the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University has found Fox News is living up to its credo in providing “fair and balanced” news coverage — or at least one show’s coverage of the Republican presidential candidates. Fox News’s Special Report with Bret Baier was found to be the most even-handed show among the programs — mostly from broadcast networks — in the study, based on its reporting of the GOP field.
According to the study:
CBS had the most positive portrayals — 57% positive vs. 43% negative, partly because of its highly favorable (89% positive) evaluations of Ron Paul. FOX had the most balanced overall coverage with 52% positive vs. 48% negative comments. NBC was the most negative overall with 27% positive vs. 73% negative coverage, followed closely by ABC with 32% positive vs. 68% negative coverage. Both NBC and ABC featured 85% negative comments on Romney.
Romney fared slightly better on FOX “Special Report”, than on the networks, with 63% negative vs. 37% positive evaluations. By contrast, Ron Paul fared less well than he did on the networks, with evenly balanced coverage — 50% negative and 50% positive comments. Rick Santorum did best on FOX with 63% positive vs. 37% negative judgments. These were the only candidates who received enough evaluations on FOX for meaningful analysis.
To see the full results of the survey, click here.
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