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The Truth About Fox News Viewers
Fox News ^ | January 05, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.

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 ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alinskytactics; cbsnews; dailykos; foxnews; johnlott; liberalfascism; mediabias; mediamatters; newyorktimes; slate; theatlantic
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1 posted on 01/05/2011 3:35:22 PM PST by JohnRLott
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To: JohnRLott

Elitist bastards...

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

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2 posted on 01/05/2011 3:56:32 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

good post, thanks


3 posted on 01/05/2011 7:54:54 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: JohnRLott
That was a great dissection by Fox of that dopey "study."

The study basically proved that if you watch Fox News you are less likely to be a moronic leftwing brainwashed jackass.

4 posted on 01/05/2011 8:02:10 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: JohnRLott
Amazing. They are now claiming that showing skepticism of dubious claims indicates narrow-mindedness.
5 posted on 01/05/2011 8:03:18 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: kcvl

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.


6 posted on 01/05/2011 8:05:39 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: dead

Yep, time to re-educate all the nonwatchers of MSM in Progresssssive Education Gulags!


7 posted on 01/05/2011 8:05:46 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: JohnRLott
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8 posted on 01/05/2011 8:09:51 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: JohnRLott

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.


9 posted on 01/05/2011 8:18:28 PM PST by mmercier
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To: JohnRLott

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.


10 posted on 01/05/2011 8:21:38 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: JohnRLott
The truth about Fox News viewers is...we like hot women....
11 posted on 01/05/2011 8:25:46 PM PST by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: JohnRLott

Excellent deconstruction, Mr. Lott.


12 posted on 01/05/2011 8:26:07 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: GenXteacher

Woah. Just... damn.


13 posted on 01/05/2011 8:27:03 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: JohnRLott
We must support Conservative news outlets at every opportunity.

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.

14 posted on 01/05/2011 8:30:02 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

bump


15 posted on 01/05/2011 8:43:08 PM PST by mcenedo (lying liberal media - our most dangerous and powerful enemy)
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To: blam

Whoa, sore losers always gotta have someone to blame.


16 posted on 01/05/2011 8:43:52 PM PST by ully2 (ully)
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To: JohnRLott

17 posted on 01/05/2011 8:56:02 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: JohnRLott
So. If you agree with their POV, then you are "informed" and "correct." If you don't, you are "misinformed" and "incorrect."

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."

18 posted on 01/05/2011 9:34:40 PM PST by susannah59
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To: Ramius

Fox has the best, most conservative leg twitching in mainstream news.


19 posted on 01/05/2011 9:34:59 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: JohnRLott

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. ;^))


20 posted on 01/05/2011 9:36:22 PM PST by Shelayne (He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly" Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! *Rev 22:20)
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To: dead
Lee Doren did a fantastic analysis of how this "study" was completely unscientific. The Critique
21 posted on 01/05/2011 9:45:52 PM PST by OddLane
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To: JohnRLott

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.


22 posted on 01/05/2011 9:56:43 PM PST by takenoprisoner (Repeal the 16th amendment . Send Islam packing to their homeland.)
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To: OddLane

Incredible video. Thanks for posting.


23 posted on 01/05/2011 10:07:50 PM PST by stentorian conservative (Obama is sinking the boat that was built to stay afloat.)
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To: GenXteacher

correction, we like hot women who are also 100x smarter than any leftist

fortunately FoxNews has a nice supply....


24 posted on 01/05/2011 10:35:19 PM PST by Enchante (January 1, 2011: Welcome to the New Year in the Era of Obamanation)
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To: JohnRLott
uh-oh - I only watch Red Eye. Did I miss something?


25 posted on 01/05/2011 10:36:55 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: OddLane

Bkmrk post & thread for reference.


26 posted on 01/05/2011 10:59:18 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: JohnRLott

More misinformation from Fox
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DNdy-gsb7Q


27 posted on 01/05/2011 11:20:05 PM PST by LayoutGuru2 (0BAMAC0RN)
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To: kcvl

Oh, yes...he’s not biased.

Elitist bastards...bump!


28 posted on 01/05/2011 11:54:36 PM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: JohnRLott

The lib media is going broke, while Fox goes to the bank. Go figure... LOL


29 posted on 01/06/2011 12:00:31 AM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: JohnRLott

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.


30 posted on 01/06/2011 12:05:24 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: JohnRLott

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.


31 posted on 01/06/2011 1:41:31 AM PST by hannibaal
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To: Tribune7

And that’s a bad thing?


32 posted on 01/06/2011 1:54:23 AM PST by BenKenobi (Rush speaks! I hear, I obey)
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To: JohnRLott

AM Bump. Bravo John Lott!


33 posted on 01/06/2011 2:48:39 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: Shelayne
Someday, I’m going to figure out how to add accents to words. They look so flat without them.

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

34 posted on 01/06/2011 3:00:32 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: GenXteacher

35 posted on 01/06/2011 3:05:53 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: JohnRLott

Obviously


36 posted on 01/06/2011 4:15:28 AM PST by tutstar
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To: JohnRLott

The real sucker here is whoever paid for that pile of BS survey.


37 posted on 01/06/2011 4:24:19 AM PST by IamConservative (Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day. - Truman)
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To: JohnRLott

Right...and only the “smart” people get their news from John Stewart and Stephen Colbert.


38 posted on 01/06/2011 4:44:25 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: IamConservative
The real sucker here is whoever paid for that pile of BS survey.

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.

Liberals lie.

39 posted on 01/06/2011 4:44:39 AM PST by digger48
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To: Doogle

Nice Post. I’ve never seen this one.


40 posted on 01/06/2011 5:08:37 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: dead

lol....


41 posted on 01/06/2011 5:13:43 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: JohnRLott

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.


42 posted on 01/06/2011 5:24:03 AM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: Doogle

Thanks! She gives me great news.


43 posted on 01/06/2011 5:28:38 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: JohnRLott

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.


44 posted on 01/06/2011 5:58:35 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Steely Tom; Shelayne
(Someday, I’m going to figure out how to add accents to words. They look so flat without them. ;^))

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

45 posted on 01/06/2011 6:08:26 AM PST by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: JohnRLott

46 posted on 01/06/2011 6:12:20 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: kcvl

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.


47 posted on 01/06/2011 6:13:01 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: JohnRLott
I'll bet one of the first questions was about man made global warming...oh excuse.....climate change.

We don't believe it so we are ignorant FNC viewers.

48 posted on 01/06/2011 6:13:58 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Don't retreat...reload!)
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To: Liberty Valance

Who’s the chick? Nice.


49 posted on 01/06/2011 6:26:53 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: FlyingEagle
Fox has the best, most conservative leg twitching in mainstream news.

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.

50 posted on 01/06/2011 6:36:56 AM PST by ducttape45
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