Tucker is Americans' most trusted news source

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson

A new survey by Gallup and the Knight Foundation reveals that Tucker Carlson, recently ousted by Fox News despite being their top show host, is the “most followed or watched public figure in the United States for information,” dominating legacy media news names like NBC’s Lester Holt and ABC’s David Muir.

Carlson edged out Rachel Maddow, the leftist weekly host on MSNBC, in the poll of 3,821 adults by Gallup and the Knight Foundation. It was conducted in October, well before Carlson lost his job and eponymous show on Fox News.

The survey asked this question: “Now we are going to ask you about the one public individual you watch or follow the most to get information. Public individuals are people who have public influence (for example, a celebrity, journalist, academic expert, show host, online influencer, or business leader). Please list the one public individual you watch or follow most often to get information.”

Tucker tops the list with 113 respondents giving his name as the person they most count on for their news. He is followed by Maddow, chosen by 107 people. Here are the top ten trusted news sources as revealed by the survey:

  1. Tucker Carlson (113)
  2. Rachel Maddow (107)
  3. Sean Hannity (Fox News: 57)
  4. Trevor Noah (Comedy Central late-night comedian: 57)
  5. Ben Shapiro (Daily Wire: 56)
  6. Stephen Colbert (CBS late night talk show host: 56)
  7. Lester Holt (NBC News, 55)
  8. John Oliver (HBO comedian: late-night: 53)
  9. Lester Holt (NBC News: 53)
  10. David Muir (ABC News: 44)

The poll shows Carlson’s complete dominance over CNN, which he often lampooned on his Fox show. CNN’s anchors Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper registered a “favorite news personality” score of just 43 and 23, respectively.

Gallup gives this as the methodology of the survey: “Results for this Gallup/Knight Foundation poll are based on a web survey conducted Oct. 17-28, 2022, with a random sample of 3,821 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±1.9 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.”

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Meanwhile, Daily Mail reported Wednesday that “Workers from Fox News swooped in and dismantled Tucker Carlson’s Maine recording studio just as he was preparing to take his show to Twitter,” forcing him to rebuild his recording studio. And the Economist reports that Fox’s ratings continue to suffer after dumping Carlson.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: “Election denier!” “Science denier!” “Climate-change denier!” “Conspiracy theorist!” And then there’s “hate speech,” “fake news,” “disinformation,” “misinformation,” even something called “MALinformation.” A bizarre new lexicon has been conjured up by America’s elites, the SOLE PURPOSE of which is to discredit and ridicule – and if at all possible, CENSOR ENTIRELY – speech that doesn’t support their increasingly dark and deranged agenda. Tucker Carlson is just the latest.

In the greatest imaginable irony, the nation once boasting the most robust culture of freedom of speech and the press – undergirded by the strongest constitutional protections for those rights – is now ground zero for a total war on free expression.

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