Faux News audience scores low

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  1. BigDallasDick8x6

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    Got this from a friend. I always suspected it, but it's nice to have the documentation.

    A study by Pew Research shows that viewers of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report have the highest knowledge of national and international affairs, while Fox News viewers rank nearly dead last"

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    Think Progress SURVEY: Daily Show/Colbert Viewers Most Knowledgable, Fox News Viewers Rank Lowest

    "Study shows Fox News viewers misinformed about war, Iraq, WMD

    “The extent of Americans’ misperceptions vary significantly depending on their source of news. Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions."

    Misperceptions, the Media and the Iraq War - World Public Opinion [​IMG]

    11. The Media Can Legally Lie | Project Censored

    "In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States."

    See also:
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    So surprising. :rolleyes:

    Edited to add: Actually, there are surprising findings in there: Bill O'Reilly's and Rush Limbaugh's audiences were ranked very favorably, right around those who get their news from NPR and The News Hour.
     
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    But, but, but, but, but... doesn't Faux News has the highest cable news ratings? That means they're #1, right?

    How can this be???!?!??! :rolleyes:
     
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    Isn't this the same crowd that wonders where the sun goes every night?
     
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    The numbers are surprising, but it does not appear that the extent of the knowledge base required to score high on the poll was broad based, or in depth.
     
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    really?

    besides... "Think Progress".... who dat? the same who lauded Bush=chimp depictures and are now crying foul here: http://www.ktla.com/media/photo/2009-08/48442952.jpg

    zzzz. to think our tax dollars go to NPR. maybe the Fairness Doctrine will equalize that and give Fox News an equal share too...
     
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    The so-called Fairness Doctrine won't withstand Constitutional scrutiny. It's bad law all over.
     
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    Unfortunately, the Fairness Doctrine was in force for nearly forty years, and the Supremes declared it constitutional in the late 1960s, at least in regard to regulation of commercial radio stations. The Court's logic would seem to apply to broadcast TV stations also, though perhaps not to cable-only stations. The FCC, on its own initiative, dropped the Doctrine in the late 1980s. At that time Congress tried to codify it into law, but that attempt was vetoed by Reagan. It is more than possible that the Fairness Doctrine would indeed withstand Constitutional scrutiny, miserable concept though it is.
     
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    I think you are right. None of the results are anything to brag about. They define "High Knowledge" as scoring 65%. That is not a high level score in any subject. At best, 54% of the most informed audience could score 65.

    Comparing audience intelligence is a case of dumb and dumber.
     
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    Faux News and Reality TV= Television for the brain dead masses
     
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    Public Knowledge of Current Affairs Little Changed by News and Information Revolutions: Summary of Findings - Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

    This is the original study and as usual the libs on the op's reference cut out a little something at the bottom of the page. Scroll down and you will see that 35% is the average number of people in America that score in the high range (15 of 23 questions answered correctly). several conclusions can be drawn from this. Using the 5-why's or the fishbones technique(sorry, these are QA analysis tools). It could be said that fox news is the only source in step with the american people. Or, it could be that Fox attracts more new viewers, people whom have never watched ther news. Looking the other way, it does not guarantee that the source is in any way responsible for their knowledge, or lack there of. Plus, the daily show and colbert attract college kids who are in the thick of information zen. Their professors and parents probably are responsible for the higher levels. On the WMD factor we have never searched that entire country. They buried a bunch of mig 21's and 25's and still can't find them. Iraq&#39;s air force being rebuilt from the ground up (read halfway down the page). Plus the best intel agencies from France,GB,Germany,and Russia. All of them had the same intel. The Heads of Congress met with Bush, saw the same intel, and promptly started getting on TV telling us all about it, and voted us into war!
     
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    11. The Media Can Legally Lie | Project Censored

    "In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States."


    How is it lying when the FDA says there is nothing wrong with milk produced with rBGH? It's now on the labels on most milk jugs. Sounds to me like they were trying to get to the truth, instead of following some mis-guided idea about this product. Maybe they wanted the truth so they would not get sued for slander. :biggrin1:
     
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    I don't know about this poll from Think Progress. That would be like "a study by the NRA finds that liberals generally don't think before they speak." Just a little suspicious.
     
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    Isn't Maher hilariously poignant? :biggrin1:
     
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