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News Corpse begins, "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. What's more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation."

Glen Beck whipping up the Fox News crowd, 03/29/09. (image: Fox News)
Glen Beck whipping up the Fox News crowd, 03/29/09. (image: Fox News)

 

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+12 # B. 2010-12-15 19:13
This isn't news, anyone with half a brain knows this. Thats why most call them Faux News. But it's how the repug's get their votes.
 
 
+2 # AndreM5 2010-12-15 21:29
Then unfortunately you are contradicting yourself. The Repugs get elected by deceiving low information voters and by discouraging informed voters from voting.
 
 
+18 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-15 23:59
Quoting B.:
This isn't news, anyone with half a brain knows this. Thats why most call them Faux News. But it's how the repug's get their votes.

I know it seems that "everybody knows"...but everybody does NOT know. We should forward this article as far and wide as possible, make copies of it and send it to acquaintances and family members who are Ditto heads, Rethugliecons and friends of Fox. I will be sending this to my local news paper editor asking that their editorial staff report on this and I will be sending letters for publication also.
I love that we now have confirmation that the Rethugliecon sheeple are indeed remarkably stupid. That should go without saying, but now we don't have to. The data speaks for itself.
 
 
+1 # steve 2010-12-16 15:24
It is not proof of the stupidity of anyone. The article would be much more effective if it included the details of the results on each issue. Few Americans who call themselves well informed know the real history of American invasions and coups. American has invaded more countries in the 150 years than any other. We have sponsored coups that have killed millions of people. How many dumb liberals know that? The RepubDem party is the choice of the ruling elites.
 
 
+6 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-17 00:55
You are right that most Americans are deeply uninformed about the range of American atrocities abroad. What I find ironic is that this information is not hard to find. Any major metropolitan library has sufficient resources to reveal the truths you mention and if not, any State College library will. But what I have cited IS proof...PROOF POSITIVE of stupidity. No, it is not a measure of the comprehensivene ss of American stupidity on the right. I don't think it's necessary to even try to prove that at this point. The point is that no reasonably informed person could possibly be mislead in the manner that so many are as indicated in this article, which again proves stupidity since knowing better requires very little effort at all. Perhaps we should distinguish between stupidity and willfull stupidity.
 
 
+31 # Phillip 2010-12-15 21:29
Although I refuse to watch Fox 'News' as I immediately saw through their bias, this study fails to demonstrate the difference between causality and coincidence. That is, does watching Fox MAKE you stupid, or could it be that stupid people watch Fox?

Or, could it be that stupid people watch Fox and get dumber?
 
 
+3 # R. Cobbey 2010-12-18 06:08
It's little of both. There are people who want to be told what to think rather than try and discover truth through a variety of sources. There are people who only want to confirm their own beliefs and not hear other sides to a story. The more they watch, the more ignorant they become of what's really going on.
 
 
+7 # James Marcus 2010-12-15 21:33
Well, anyone listening to a Fox for the Truth, deserves the confusion and dementia that ensues .

Bravo, at least , that 'The Fox' is so declaring, naming himself .

At first viewing, I was sure it was another 'Saturday Night Live....'
 
 
+7 # PatriotPaul 2010-12-15 23:25
I strongly encourage everyone to always put news in quotes when referring to Fox "News". It should be second nature to all of us.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"
 
 
+9 # Ken Hall 2010-12-16 00:00
The US electorate bears some responsibility for allowing itself to be misinformed. Ignorance is often a choice rather than a condition. "Hey, you, get offa my cloud!"
 
 
+6 # denissr 2010-12-16 06:27
U.S. Electorate bears most or all of the responsibility. Voters do not take their duty to vote seriously, and their duty to know the truth. A lot of Americans know what they think is untrue, but they want to argue, fight and be nasty. The people in my Church are really sweet sometimes, but get them talking about political subjects the looks on their faces and their words turn very black.
 
 
+11 # Jaye Harding 2010-12-16 05:37
What's the difference between a "LIE" and "misinformation ?" FOX NEWS should be forced to remove "NEWS" from its title, and replace the word with "Opinion" to more accurately define what they express to their viewing and listening audience from their perspective. Sadly, this action seems absolutely necessary for those who are gullible enough to accept "FOX NOISE" as a truthful information source. I honestly thought Americans were more intelligent until the past 20 years.
 
 
+3 # Miss Chris in LA 2010-12-16 05:49
I agree with Mr. Hall. If all we want is to fill our heads with trivia & lies, presented by babbling commentators we will be misinformed. I first must take responsibility for sitting inside where the temperatures are agreeable and not getting out there and marching with banners held high. Also, "Hey You, I'll stay offa your cloud, but may I follow you on my cloud?"
 
 
+3 # Merschrod 2010-12-16 06:15
Ignorance is the correct word to describe their state of mind. Stupid they are for watching lamestreet media.

But, to really know the facts on most issues, you need to study the details and be an analyst, e.g., the state of the economy which indicators are of interest to you? Which are appropriate indicators of change compared with the policies? Not your pre-doctoral course material.
 
 
+2 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-17 01:02
Quoting Merschrod:
Ignorance is the correct word to describe their state of mind. Stupid they are for watching lamestreet media.
But, to really know the facts on most issues, you need to study the details and be an analyst, e.g., the state of the economy which indicators are of interest to you? Which are appropriate indicators of change compared with the policies? Not your pre-doctoral course material.

Maybe so...but less so than you might imagine. The availability of public information is far greater than most realize. While I am an academician, I think anyone can go to a decent library and from three or four books written for the layman, learn enough to have a pretty decent grasp on these subjects. But that's the problem...so few read, and worse, everybody has an opinion about politics and the economy but how many people have cracked even one book on the subject...that was actually written by an academic. Believe it or not, any book store clerk could hand the universe over the counter to anyone but I have yet to see any long lines at those registers. In fact, that business is very trougled...a true testiment to the willful ignorance of the average American.
 
 
+8 # Glenn 2010-12-16 06:23
The name "Fox" should tell you all you need to know. As I recall, one of Aesop's tales involved a fox who deceived other animals in order to eat them...
 
 
+8 # John Prusinski 2010-12-16 06:44
While the gist of the post is obviously correct, as anyone who follows such things knows, it also makes the common error of confusing "intelligence" with "knowledge". A highly intelligent person can have an incorrect opinion due to being misinformed, while a less intelligent ("stupid") could be right on the same issue simply by virtue of having access to correct information.

Fox News doesn't "make people stupid", it makes them misinformed by lying to them, and it's "stupid" to assert otherwise.
 
 
+4 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-17 01:11
Quoting John Prusinski:
While the gist of the post is obviously correct, as anyone who follows such things knows, it also makes the common error of confusing "intelligence" with "knowledge". A highly intelligent person can have an incorrect opinion due to being misinformed, while a less intelligent ("stupid") could be right on the same issue simply by virtue of having access to correct information.

Fox News doesn't "make people stupid", it makes them misinformed by lying to them, and it's "stupid" to assert otherwise.

I love symantical gymnastics as much as the next guy. Parsing is fun! Okay then...Fox doesn't make people stupid. I agree. However, it doesn't make them misinformed by lying to them because any person, even a "stupid" one could go to any library or book store and learn the truth easily. People make themselves stupid by not even considering using their critical thinking skills or read a book once in awhile and, with Fox's help, they truly become stupider. By the way, you may not be aware that research has been done showing that the more you watch TV in general, the more likely your IQ, which is NOT fixed after all, declines.
 
 
+2 # Tom Frazee 2010-12-19 07:15
Quoting John Prusinski:
While the gist of the post is obviously correct, as anyone who follows such things knows, it also makes the common error of confusing "intelligence" with "knowledge". A highly intelligent person can have an incorrect opinion due to being misinformed, while a less intelligent ("stupid") could be right on the same issue simply by virtue of having access to correct information.

Fox News doesn't "make people stupid", it makes them misinformed by lying to them, and it's "stupid" to assert otherwise.

John, there is one other element involved; attitude. When we have usable, information and have high I.Q.'s, we persist to believe, push, reinforce incorrect conclusions, because of our peers; bowling team, coworkers, drinking pals. There's a mob bullying constantly being practiced, successfully.
 
 
+16 # kelly 2010-12-16 06:59
I cannot describe the feeling I get when the people I meet, people I had thought to be intellectually above the rest, tell me they watch Fox News. They say they simply prefer the announcers or they like it because they are Repubs, but they claim to be able to vote either party on occassion. These very same people usually end up spouting the "catch phrases" we all know so well: Obamacare instead of health care, tax extension plan instead of Bush Tax plan, and death panels. Once I would have considered these persons sane and rational. Then they started watching and actually LISTENING to Faux. Some have even become Creationists. Most are out of my social circle now...there is no fun attending a party with someone who brings those subjects up either as the only one espousing them or as the only one not doing so. We're obviously in trouble as a nation, but is this the best way to look for a way out? It isn't burying your head in the sand, it's dismissing reality altogether and embracing your own form of truth regardless of its validity. Poor little people--you can't change the past, you can only influence the future.
 
 
+2 # david coddaire 2010-12-16 08:02
really........
 
 
+12 # Thomas Pained 2010-12-16 08:10
The deliberately-er ected propaganda apparatus of which Fox is a vital part (along with AEI and Heritage, and hate radio) does not exist to inform or educate. It exists to manipulate via fear and anger, and to have the viewer attach those emotions to liberals and liberalism.
If Murdoch and Melon-Scaife have their way, we will be back to being covered with lice, living in shacks, and being told by our church court and our nobleman that we must silently and obediently endure it all because we are both hopeless sinners and too filthy and ignorant to govern ourselves.
They will not be happy until the greatest advance in human history, the radically liberal, secular event known as The American Revolution, is dead.
 
 
-7 # rock 2010-12-16 08:15
The obvious answer here, folks, is that we need a state-run media. Goodness! How on earth can we make any progress in this country if all these people are being misled into believing the economy is getting worse?
 
 
+1 # photonracer 2010-12-16 16:07
Quoting Jack Stone:
A pitiful beast that has succumbed to rabies.

Quoting rock:
The obvious answer here, folks, is that we need a state-run media. Goodness! How on earth can we make any progress in this country if all these people are being misled into believing the economy is getting worse?

This is equivalent to a "state run media". This equivalent to the Soviet era publication TASS. That was and I believe still is the official "news" source of Russia. FOX is just more electronic, and thus easier to access, media for Republican propaganda and guidance for the sheeple. I am so curious why you would even bother to read an independent information source like RSN if you think you need a state sponsored information source.
 
 
+1 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-17 01:18
Quoting rock:
The obvious answer here, folks, is that we need a state-run media. Goodness! How on earth can we make any progress in this country if all these people are being misled into believing the economy is getting worse?

Oh come on rock! You are aware aren't you that Fox "News" is the official media mouthpiece for the Rethugliecon Party, right? And when they take the White House in 2012, Fox "News" really will be the state run media! And your question; "How on earth can we make any progres in this country if all these people are being misled into believing the economy is getting worse?" is completely off the wall. We are confused because we keep getting told it's getting better at the same time it's getting worse and vice versa. The better questionis "How on earth can we make any progress in this country if all these people are being misled into believing the economy is getting better?" Better for who for God's sake!
 
 
+5 # Alan Beasley 2010-12-17 22:24
Well, we in Australia are certainly grateful that you took Rupert Murdoch off our hands. I suspect that our own officials injected him as a virus into the United States so that he might poison the minds of American citizens and promote the cause of a corporate-owned US government. I strongly believe that yet another Australian - Julian Assange - to be a viable antidote. Incidentally, when Dennis Potter was dying from cancer he named his tumour "Rupert" after the egregious Rupert Murdoch. The cancer of Murdoch's Fox "news" is aggressively eating away at the US.
 
 
+3 # Jack Stone 2010-12-16 08:51
A pitiful beast that has succumbed to rabies.
 
 
+12 # fredboy 2010-12-16 09:15
Fox "news" (and one must include the quotation marks for accuracy--and a good, albeit sad, laugh) is simply a propaganda medium serving the GOP and its Tea Party/KKK. And some who wish to weaken and divide our nation.
It is one of the most successful brainwashing processes in US history.
It has re-proven what the formation of Nazi rule in Germany shared--vast numbers of people are open to influence and persuasion if hatred and fear are mixed into the vile ingredients.
 
 
-9 # Robert Brock 2010-12-16 09:30
I like Foxes point of view. It shows just how biased all the news media in America is. It's probably the worst, but as long has people like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Obama get elected by the media not the people they'll continue. Maybe one day America will figure out the people aren't running the country anymore. It's the media and special interest. Money and the media talk. God Bless America
 
 
+6 # bitchbat 2010-12-16 10:28
When exactly did "the people" run this country? It's always been run by those with money. First it was "landed gentry" and now it's Big Corporations.
 
 
+3 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-17 01:22
Quoting Robert Brock:
I like Foxes point of view. It shows just how biased all the news media in America is. It's probably the worst, but as long has people like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Obama get elected by the media not the people they'll continue. Maybe one day America will figure out the people aren't running the country anymore. It's the media and special interest. Money and the media talk. God Bless America

So...you like being misinformed and ignorant. Too bad for you. And the media elected Reid, Pelosi and Obama? Really? I thought the people did. I didn't know that only journalists voted. If that isn't what you meant, let me ask you this: if the left can be brainwashed into voting for these, what makes it likely that you aren't being brainwashed into voting for Republicans?
 
 
+7 # rblee 2010-12-16 13:05
Robert Brock: how does Fox lying and playing to fear and prejudice show how "biased" all the media are? People like you have been successfully neutralized as a counter political force by cynicism, which is just as bad as believing Fox's nonsense. The forces behind Fox win either way. So, truth is out there, but it requires critical thinking and action. Get busy! Oh, and don't count on god to bless your way out of it.
 
 
0 # John Smith 2010-12-16 13:37
And WHO sponsors The Program on INternational Policy Attitudes.....????


None other than.....dun dun dun....the Rockefeller Foundation, Tides Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Same peeps who want to get Fox and Beck off the air.
 
 
-3 # Fred 2010-12-16 14:14
Fred, I thought you might like this.
 
 
+4 # Alex Howard 2010-12-18 12:11
IT’S THE BIG LIE, PEOPLE!
Right-wing Republicans perfected what was begun during WWII: Tell a lie Big Enough, Often Enough and people will believe it. It’s how they spread hatred and bigotry.
Republicans have perfected Hate-Mongering, Lying to the People, and Misdirection. They seem to have forgotten, this is their country too!
No one in their party has a constructive idea, so their plans are: stop President Obama from succeeding.
Along came the Alaskan Bimbette, for VP. The old saying of, "Don't get into a battle of wits with an unarmed person!" Palin is that person.
Anyone can Google what Rush, Ann, and Glenn, say, to find out how Big their Lies are.
Republicans are trying to convince people that the economic problems are the Democrats’ fault. Right-Wingers want you to believe Obama caused the depression!
Funny how that works. Obama is the cause of all these economic problems, when they began months before he even ran for the Presidency, let alone won the office. So, how is it that he started the economic problems? Ask any Republican, or Tea Party person, or Right-Winger, and they will tell you the ... Big Lie!
 
 
+1 # Alan Beasley 2010-12-18 20:02
'The Big Lie" began long before that. It began when the US had its early counter revolution in the 1790's - with the Alien and Sedition acts passed in 1798. They were wide ranging and brutal pieces of legislation. Then again, when that so-called idealist (Woodrow Wilson) wanted his war he set up the Committee for Public Information (CPI) and placed it in the control of George Creel (a radical right winger); as well as setting up the Espionage Acts of 1917. Creel was very successful in depicting any American citizen who voiced opposition to the war as a leftie (and such people were then hounded and imprisoned. Debs was imprisoned for merely reading out the First Amendment in public). Creel emasculated a vibrant pre-war movement aimed at decent social reform by portraying such movement as unAmerican. The US has fine founding ideals but they are violated time and time again by right wing demagogues and vested interests. the US needs another revolution. Thomas Jefferson, perhaps the greatest of the founding fathers, stated that the US would periodically need additional revolutions in order to clean out the stygian stables.
 
 
+1 # joe donahue 2010-12-19 13:32
ignorance is bliss, especially for the GOP, they arent as dumb as they look.
 
 
0 # grace mozingo 2010-12-31 09:19
My goodness you are a bunch of hateful commentators. What's worng with a bit of difference?
 
 
+3 # Jaycie 2010-12-19 15:57
Does no one remember that The Bush White House used to fax daily "talking points" (lies) to FOX "News"? That kind of says it all, doesn't it?
 
 
+1 # Tom Cordle 2010-12-19 22:55
I don't bother with the quotation marks around "News"; I prefer to tell it like it is by changing one letter that more accurately reflects the nature of the beast:

Fux News
 
 
0 # GK 2010-12-20 00:11
Anyone who is playing the GOP Vs. DNC game is a fool, playing right into the hands of both parties, who are shearing us like sheep together. I am against big government of any flavor.
That said, this is rubbish. I agree with the Fox viewers on the first 5 points, considering inflation is a tax for example, and partially agree on #6.. the last three are meaningless due to the % or the content. The average American, or reader of this drivel doesn't know the first thing about how economics works. Try reading & listening to the content of the Mises blog, Mish, or Acting Man for a few months instead of reading this kind of drivel.
 
 
+1 # minkdumink 2010-12-20 21:16
no one ever lost any money undersestimatin g the intelligence of the american people.
 
 
+1 # Brianna Grant 2010-12-21 05:17
"sorry but we really aren't that stupid because YOUR SCHOOL IS STUPID SO TAKE THAT"
 
 
0 # grace mozingo 2010-12-31 09:18
How sad that many of our citizens can't see beyond their own views and choices. THIS is a free country and whether you all like it or not, FOX has the same right to air as CNN with it's own biased commentators, and don't tell me CNN isn't biased. Time will tell when some of you younger viewers age.
 

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