the things they broadcast should not be considered 100% fact or truth
Neither should the other media sources these days.
Other sources are better....From the previous link:
But the real finding is that the results depend on what media sources people turn to for their news. For example, people who watch Fox News, the most popular of the 24-hour cable news networks, are 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watch no news at all (after controlling for other news sources, partisanship, education and other demographic factors). Fox News watchers are also 6-points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their government than those who watch no news.
"Because of the controls for partisanship, we know these results are not just driven by Republicans or other groups being more likely to watch Fox News," said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and an analyst for the PublicMind Poll. "Rather, the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all."
As I have posted before, it is no surprise that Fox would have better ratings than other news sources since 50% of the country is conservative and they broadcast what conservatives want to hear. The rest of the media outlets are either balanced or lean left so the other 50% (whether democrats or independents) are disbursed among those outlets.
In other words, Fox is not #1 in ratings because they are "right" or "fair and balanced" - they pander to the right which is fine if ratings are your goal - but the things they broadcast should not be considered 100% fact or truth. Neither should the other media sources these days.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts." The late, great U.S. Senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-NY.