1By Terence P. Jeffrey
September 23, 2011
Bret Baier of Fox News (Fox News Channel)
(CNSNews.com) - The Fox News Channel beat out local television and CNN as
Americans' number one source of television news on national and
international issues, according to a survey published Thursday by the Pew
Research Center for The People & The Press.
In the survey, which was conducted July 20-24, Pew asked 1,501 American
adults whether they got most of their television news on national and
international issues from local television, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox
News Channel, or if television was not a main source of news for them.
Fox came out on top with 19 percent saying they got most of their TV news
there. That was followed by local television at 16 percent, CNN at 15
percent, NBC at 10 percent, ABC at 8 percent, CBS at 7 percent, and MSNBC at
The 4-point difference between Fox News and CNN was greater than the Pew
survey’s margin of error, which was +/-3.5.
Thirty-four percent said that television was not a main source of news for
Pew has been asking Americans where they get most of their television news
since January 2002. Back then, CNN led with 28 percent followed by Fox News
with 16 percent and local television with 16 percent.