Saturday, December 18, 2010

Watching Fox News Makes You Stupid


Fox News: USA Misinformation Machine

So says this study (PDF download) by the University of Maryland, summarized here:

91 percent of Fox News viewers believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
They are all wrong.

72 percent of Fox News viewers believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
They are all wrong.

72 percent of Fox News viewers believe the economy is getting worse
They are all wrong.

60 percent of Fox News viewers believe climate change is not occurring
They are all wrong.

49 percent of Fox News viewers believe income taxes have gone up
They are all wrong.

63 percent of Fox News viewers believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts
They are all wrong.

56 percent of Fox News viewers believe Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout
They are all wrong.

38 percent of Fox News viewers believe that most Republicans opposed TARP
They are all wrong.

63 percent of Fox News viewers believe Obama was not born in the U.S. (or that it is unclear)
They are all wrong.

If Fox News ever comes to Canada, I hope Canadians are equipped with a better Baloney Detection Kit (H/T Carl Sagan) than their American citizen counterparts.

2 comments :

Bob Devine said...

At fist glance I thought you were running an ad for CBC then I saw the line about a study from the UM. That is even worse than the CBC. The universities these days are probably the only places there are with a larger lefty bias than the good ole Mother Corps.

bulletproofcourier said...

Bob, your comment is very ignorant.

Firstly, all that Left/Right claptrap is a false dichotomy, especially when it comes to science.

Secondly, this study was very well done, which you'd know if you'd read it. If you did read it, what are your specific criticisms?

Rejecting the science because you don't like the result is ignorance of the highest order.

So congratulations for that Bob, and have a Merry Christmas.