[LINK] Mainstream media

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Tue Nov 22 20:55:51 AEDT 2011

Nick writes,
> .. mainstream media doesn't have a clue.

Neither does one mainstream-media audience ..

Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don't Watch Any News: Study 

people-fairleigh-dickinson_n_1106305.html?ref=mostpopular>   11/21/2011

Fox News viewers are less informed than people who don't watch any news, 
according to a new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University. 


The poll surveyed New Jersey residents about the uprisings in Egypt and 
the Middle East, and where they get their news sources. 

The study, which controlled for demographic factors like education and 
partisanship, found that "people who watch Fox News are 18-points less 
likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government" and "6-points 
less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their 
government" compared to those who watch no news.

Overall, 53% of all respondents knew that Egyptians successfully 
overthrew Hosni Mubarak and 48% knew that Syrians have yet to overthrow 
their government. 

Dan Cassino, a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson, 
explained in a statement, "Because of the controls for partisanship, we 
know these results are not just driven by Republicans or other groups 
being more likely to watch Fox News. Rather, the results show us that 
there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse 
on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all." 

This isn't the first study that has found that Fox News viewers more 
misinformed in comparison to others. 

Last year, a study from the University of Maryland found that Fox News 
viewers were more likely to believe false information about politics.


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