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Old December 16th, 2010, 06:19 AM   #1
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A new survey of American voters shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources.December 15, 2010 | Yet another study has been released proving that watching Fox News is detrimental to your intelligence. World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. Whatís more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation. So the more you watch, the less you know. Or to be precise, the more you think you know that is actually false. This study corroborates a previous PIPA study that focused on the Iraq war with similar results. And there was anNBC/Wall Street Journal poll that demonstrated the break with reality on the part of Fox viewers with regard to health care. The body of evidence that Fox News is nothing but a propaganda machine dedicated to lies is growing by the day.



In eight of the nine questions below, Fox News placed first in the percentage of those who were misinformed (they placed second in the question on TARP). Thatís a pretty high batting average for journalistic fraud. Here is a list of what Fox News viewers believe that just aint so:






  • 91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
  • 72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
  • 72 percent believe the economy is getting worse
  • 60 percent believe climate change is not occurring
  • 49 percent believe income taxes have gone up
  • 63 percent believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts
  • 56 percent believe Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout
  • 38 percent believe that most Republicans opposed TARP
  • 63 percent believe Obama was not born in the U.S. (or that it is unclear)



The conclusion is inescapable. Fox News is deliberately misinforming its viewers and it is doing so for a reason. Every issue above is one in which the Republican Party had a vested interest. The GOP benefited from the ignorance that Fox News helped to proliferate. The results were apparent in the election last month as voters based their decisions on demonstrably false information fed to them by Fox News.



By the way, the rest of the media was not blameless. CNN and the broadcast network news operations fared only slightly better in many cases. Even MSNBC, which had the best record of accurately informing viewers, has a ways to go before it can brag about it.



The conclusions in this study need to be disseminated as broadly as possible. Foxís competitors need to report these results and produce ad campaigns featuring them. Newspapers and magazines need to publish the study across the country. This is big news and it is critical that the nation be advised that a major news enterprise is poisoning their minds.



This is not an isolated review of Foxís performance. It has been corroborated time and time again. The fact that Fox News is so blatantly dishonest, and the effects of that dishonesty have become ingrained in an electorate that has been been purposefully deceived, needs to be made known to every American. Our democracy cannot function if voters are making choices based on lies. We have the evidence that Fox is tilting the scales and we must now make certain its corporate owners do not get away with it.



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Old December 16th, 2010, 11:18 AM   #2
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That is so true.



FOX tilts every single story against Obama and the Democrats. That would be ok if they admitted to being a mouth piece for the GOP.



But describing FOX as "Fair and Balanced" is a sick joke.

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Old December 22nd, 2010, 05:22 AM   #3
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haha This was probably published by a liberal It's always good to get both sides of the story, which is why I do tune into Fox.
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haha This was probably published by a liberal It's always good to get both sides of the story, which is why I do tune into Fox.


If Murdoch wasted his time and read that article, I'm sure his reaction would be "I wish we had that much power."



The best quote was "by the way, the rest of the media was not blameless. CNN and the broadcast network news operations fared only slightly better in many cases. Even MSNBC, which had the best record of accurately informing viewers, has a ways to go before it can brag about it."



Gee, is the writer biased? MSNBC admits its liberal slant, yet this writer says it is the network that "accurately informs" its viewers.
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That is so true.



FOX tilts every single story against Obama and the Democrats. That would be ok if they admitted to being a mouth piece for the GOP.



But describing FOX as "Fair and Balanced" is a sick joke.



Did Rupert Murdoch run you out of Great Britain?
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 09:49 AM   #6
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Did Rupert Murdoch run you out of Great Britain?




Funny stuff. Howling about Fox news while taking as gospel everything spewed out from MSNBC. Funny stuff. Why do lefties need to be the only voice? Poor insecure little dweebs.
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haha This was probably published by a liberal It's always good to get both sides of the story, which is why I do tune into Fox.


I'm not saying MSNBC is any better, if anything they are worse.



But FOX tilts every story in an anti-Democrat, anti-Obama way, even stories that are barely connected.



It's one thing to have "hosts" with a particular pov but when they show the same bias in their regular news reporting it's wrong.



Let's face it the standard of news reporting in the US is abysmal, more about entertainment than imparting information. The local news is just as bad, treating the audience like kids who need to be spoon fed.



And do we really care if someone is filling in because so-and-so has the day off?



All part of the continuing "dumbing down of America".



Thank God for the BBC!
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I'm not saying MSNBC is any better, if anything they are worse.



But FOX tilts every story in an anti-Democrat, anti-Obama way, even stories that are barely connected.



It's one thing to have "hosts" with a particular pov but when they show the same bias in their regular news reporting it's wrong.



Let's face it the standard of news reporting in the US is abysmal, more about entertainment than imparting information. The local news is just as bad, treating the audience like kids who need to be spoon fed.



And do we really care if someone is filling in because so-and-so has the day off?



All part of the continuing "dumbing down of America".



Thank God for the BBC!


We could single out a single news source as you did. You conveniently left off the many partisan British tabloids.
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So where should we get our news? I honestly feel you can watch Foxnews or other news sources and use your own "common sense" to filter out the crap Same thing with local news..
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So where should we get our news? I honestly feel you can watch Foxnews or other news sources and use your own "common sense" to filter out the crap Same thing with local news..




We should get our news from whereever we want and let the market place of ideas be free. If the left is for free speech, diversity, openness, and inclusion like they claim then let's see some instead of this mocking and insulting of people who are different from them but love this country. Americans have had enough of this crap from the left. Stop calling Americans racist and homophobic and islamophobic simply because they disagree with you. The left needs to grow up.
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