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. . . .
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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. ;^))