Skip to comments.The Truth About Fox News Viewers
Posted on 01/05/2011 3:35:22 PM PST by JohnRLott
Does watching Fox News rot your brain? According to a report released last month by WorldPublicOpinion.org at the University of Maryland, "Misinformation and the 2010 Election," the more people watch Fox News, the more they are "misinformed."
The allegation rapidly became a favorite topic for leading mainstream news outlets including The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, CBS News, Slate, The Atlantic. Even major newspapers in Canada and the U.K. covered the report. Of course, left-wing websites -- the Talking Point Memo, Media Matters, and the Daily Kos -- reveled in the findings.
The report asserted that Fox News viewers getting political survey questions wrong was not just the result of already wrongheaded Republicans watching Fox News: "The effect was also not simply a function of partisan bias, as people who voted Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to have such misinformation than those who did not watch it--though by a lesser margin than those who voted Republican."
But the researchers themselves were clearly misinformed and frequently picked incorrect or left-wing biased answers as the "correct" ones, something the uncritical mainstream media apparently never examined. Take the first four questions of the eleven the report focused on. . . .
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org and the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA). He directs the PIPA/Knowledge Networks poll of the US public, plays a central role in the BBC World Service Poll of global opinion and the polls of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and is the principal investigator of a major study of social support of anti-American terrorist groups in Islamic countries. He regularly appears in the US and international media, providing analysis of public opinion, and gives briefings to the US Congress, the State Department, NATO, the United Nations and the European Commission. His articles have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, Foreign Policy, Public Opinion Quarterly, Harpers, The Washington Post and other publications. His most recent book, co-authored with I.M. Destler, is Misreading the Public: The Myth of a New Isolationism (Brookings). He is a faculty member of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Association of Public Opinion Research.
Clay Ramsay, Director of Research at PIPA and a CISSM fellow, co-founded PIPA in 1992. He regularly appears in the US and international media providing analysis of public opinion. With a background in history and psychology, he has focused on the study of ideology and mass psychology. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford University, has taught at Oberlin College, and is the author of The Ideology of the Great Fear (Johns Hopkins University Press). He is a faculty member of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.
Evan Scot Lewis is a Research Associate at PIPA. As a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, his research interests have focused on international relations, political economy and the politics of land use management in Colorado and Maryland. He was a Harrison Fellow and has taught at both the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado and his Master’s degree at The American University.
Abe Medoff is Research Assistant/Office Manager at PIPA. He is currently a candidate for an MA in Security Policy Studies at The George Washington University. He previously received a BA in International Affairs with concentrations in Conflict & Security and International Politics from GW.
PIPA Board of Advisors
Chairman, I.M. Destler, University of Maryland
Gloria Duffy, Commonwealth Club
William Frenzel, Brookings Institution
Alan Kay, Americans Talk Issues Foundation
Catherine Kelleher, University of Maryland
Anthony Lake, Georgetown University
Benjamin Page, Northwestern University
Robert Shapiro, Columbia University
Frederick Steeper, Market Strategies
Daniel Yankelovich, Public Agenda Foundation
WPO is made possible by the generous support of:
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
German Marshall Fund of the United States
Ben and Jerry’s Foundation
University of Maryland Foundation
Secure World Foundation
United States Institute of Peace
good post, thanks
The study basically proved that if you watch Fox News you are less likely to be a moronic leftwing brainwashed jackass.
You can bet your last nickel that EVERY person who considers themselves to be a liberal is an elitist who thinks that they are just smarter than everyone else.
Yep, time to re-educate all the nonwatchers of MSM in Progresssssive Education Gulags!
Based on the ratings, apparently the collective brain of the population is decomposing.
So it goes, as will most of the jobs of those who propagate such nonsense.
More Lamestream doing studies that support the narrative they want it to. It does not fly anymore judging by the decline in all their ratings and circulation in comparison to the continual rise of FOX.
Excellent deconstruction, Mr. Lott.
Woah. Just... damn.
The Marxists will continue to attack from every direction with every method possible.
They're trying to make it un-cool to watch Fox News presently.
Whoa, sore losers always gotta have someone to blame.
That was a breathtakingly bad survey.
Why didn't they do a survey that asked unbiased questions which were clearly either right or wrong (no matter what one's political views are)? I'll answer my own question: because that sort of survey might not "prove" what they wanted to "prove."
Fox has the best, most conservative leg twitching in mainstream news.
Very interesting. Thanks for the expose!
(Someday, I’m going to figure out how to add accents to words. They look so flat without them. ;^))
Yet another gaggle of liberal elitists, self absorbed in the mis-conception they are more informed, and smarter than anyone else.
It is obvious, to any analyst, this study is skewed well beyond the scale of reality.This so called “study” amounts to little more than a progressive liberal’s wet dream.
Meanwhile, Fox News, and it’s viewers, are a progressive liberal’s worst nightmare. They awake in a state of panic, disillusion, sweat, and shortness of breathe, in the middle of every night. The cause of their anxiety? Fox News and it’s viewers.
Incredible video. Thanks for posting.
correction, we like hot women who are also 100x smarter than any leftist
fortunately FoxNews has a nice supply....
Bkmrk post & thread for reference.
More misinformation from Fox
Oh, yes...he’s not biased.
The lib media is going broke, while Fox goes to the bank. Go figure... LOL
Very nice research! Thank you!
“The WorldPublicOpinion.org survey is a mess. At best, the survey shows that liberals who conducted the survey simply were not smart or careful enough.”
Or.......they drew the conclusions they wanted to draw.
“If any conclusion can be drawn, it is that those who watched Fox News almost every day had not fallen for left-wing myths to the same extent as other Americans.”
You drew the correct conclusion. ;o)
My daddy was a meteorologist and could talk all day long about how the global warming nuts are wrong.
The only thing I dont like about Fox is Glenn Beck. He is an embarassment. Other than that I dont watch tv much, nothing better than this place to get news anyway and all channels these days are more into giving their opinion, as opposed to news which allows the viewer to formulate their own opinion.
And that’s a bad thing?
AM Bump. Bravo John Lott!
Here's one method: type the word you want to display with an accent into Google. Check down the first page (or two) to see if the word shows up on some webpage in it's accented form. For example, when I type "expose" in, I get, right on the first page that comes up, a link to an article on a band called "Exposé." I copy-and-paste that word into the "Your Reply" window on FR, and correct the case of the word's first letter, to get exposé.
I think there are other ways too; one is to compose your reply in MS Word and then select the "convert to HTML" option. This takes a lot more keystrokes though, and nets out to a lot more trouble. By the way, if you do the latter, remember to select "Convert to HTML (Filtered)." If you use the "un-filtered" option, the HTML source code it produces will include some personal information about you, like what name you used to register your copy of Word. exposé
The real sucker here is whoever paid for that pile of BS survey.
Right...and only the “smart” people get their news from John Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
Not really. They got the propoganda they paid for.
No matter how sloppily or dishonestly done, nor how many times the poll is debunked, it is now out there and will be cited repeatedly, even by elected officials.
Nice Post. I’ve never seen this one.
Skepticism and Narrow Mindness that sounds like Odumbo the DC Circus president - he is so skeptical about America and so narrow minded that he must have bullied the study to be done.
Thanks! She gives me great news.
NPR Listener Characteristics:
1) Celebrate all cultures—except Western Civilization
2) Love Humanity—except the unborn and the too old
3) Support the rights of women everywhere except those women living within the ‘religion of peace’
4) Environmentally Conscious but parked right next to their Volvo is a gas guzzler SUV with a No Blood For Oil Bumper sticker.
5) Believe Everyone Must pay their Fair Share of Taxes yet offshore their money or hide it in tax shelters
6) Demand that Health Care be administered by the federal government as long as their Cadillac heath care package is not disturbed
7) Because they Work in non-profits,law firms or public service, they know best on how to run an economy.
8) Demand that caffeinated alcohol drinks be eliminated while they sip wine after they just drank a Starbucks triple Latte.
9) Demand SOMETHING be done to help the homeless yet demand the police who they loathe,keep the homeless away from THEI neighborhoods
10) Want unrestricted immigration in order to help the poor,victimized,oppressed people of the world as long as these immigrants are the nannies,landscapers and doormen of the NPR listener. If these ‘undocumented immigrants’ DARE establish a business that is in competition with the enlightened NPR listener, than the people need more government regulation.
Go to: Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Character Map
Choose your font from the drop down box and then click on the letter you want to use. Hit select and then copy.
Now, paste that into your word: exposé ☻
With the revelations on the falsification of data by East Anglia on GW/CC, now we have the intentional use of false information to label people misinformed. I noticed that the NEW propaganda of the dummies is that Repeal of HCR will INCREASE the budget deficit. Since the cost of the HCR is front loaded (benes don’t kick in until 2014?). The statement is in fact false and propaganda.
The Professors involved in this charade should be charged with violations of Professional ethics. To blatantly attempt to provide cover for the Dummies and their PROGRESSIVE Propagandist.
We don't believe it so we are ignorant FNC viewers.
Who’s the chick? Nice.
That being said, they can still do better. People like Shepherd Smith, Megyn Kelly, Charles Krauthammer, Bill O'Rielly and the like make me want to smash my TV. Truth be told, I want a completely, unabashed, conservative news network, not this "fair and balance" garbage we get fed from Fox News.