Oh Those Cute, Misinformed Fox Viewers

This graph from ars technica demonstrates the warping power of Fox “News” on… er… reality:

This sort of misinformation isn’t hypothetical; in 2003 a study found that viewers of Fox News were significantly more misinformed about the Iraq war, with far greater percentages of viewers erroneously believing that Iraq possessed WMDs or that there was a credible link between the 9/11 attack and Saddam Hussein than those who got their news from other outlets like NPR and PBS. This has led to the rise of websites like FactCheck andSourceWatch.


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6 Responses

  1. Interesting you brought this up.. I feel compeled to share this: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6737097743434902428&ei=qDTdSNfzNomwiALiwM2ZCw&q=outfoxed

  2. that’s why keith olbermann recently said fox noise had done more to damage this country than al quaida [personally, i'd be sure to include wingnut talk radio in that remark]. anyhoo, he got in some trouble for calling it the way he saw it. which you’ve proved correct.

  3. Roger, you should rent/see the whole “Outfoxed” movie. I think it’s about 90 minutes. It’s maddening and serious … a glimpse of why/how we’ve become so divided over here in the US.

    Never underestimate the dumbed down power of faux news.

  4. Yes, I live in a country where journalistic professionalism is much more valued overall (that would be Sweden for those interested). This kind of “news” are frowned upon over here.

  5. While I don’t watch Fox, the 2003 graphic is a bit misleading. The numbers whittle away so it seems like more flash than substance The study did ask 3,334 people but from there the number of respondents is not clear. They reported that:

    80% of those polled watch tv for news and 19% get from print media

    of those that watch tv
    30% watch 2 or more networks [cuts numbers]
    18% Fox
    16% CNN
    14%NBC
    11% ABC
    9% CBS
    3% NPR

    of those only 1,362 responded to all 3 questions.

    When tabulating their results they decided to use people that answered at least one question instead of those that responded to all three. I was disappointed that the full report doesn’t list the number of actual respondents they used for their percentages. While I don’t doubt, back in 2003, that conservatives watching Fox believed the misconceptions, I also believe the numbers are not much different than CBS, NBC etc. In fact, two times CBS was the highest percentage and it was not shown in the graphic.

    I would find the study more interesting if they did it now.

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