Indeed it is. I have to admit, however, I've always appreciated the comedy element of fox. When we get glimpses in this country, to me at least, it was akin to watching Robin Williams doing stand up. ROTFLMAO
I cut down on watching Fox News when some of the commentators started spouting liberalism on important topics and/or ignoring those topics. If that makes me smarter, then so be it. But hey, I wouldn't put much stock in a "survey" emanating from some institution or persons I hadn't properly vetted anyway. That's why America's in the pickle it's in now. And actually, I'm sure it was a smart move on my part to stop watching CNN too in the first place, long before I got disappointed with some of Fox's stuff. I wasn't able to get Fox News when all the carp started, so I watched CNN. Boy, yes, I did learn a lot! I saw liberalism dig its nasty claws into the News arena when the agenda first exploded onto our tv screens. I guess if they didn't want me to see what was going on, they shoulda hid it. But alas, it was all there in living color streamed directly into our living rooms. And some other channels followed, making a mess of what should be good news reporting.
Either way, I'd much rather be "dumb" about some specific facts/timeframes than to be ignorant and/or deceived about an entire ideological stance.
You'd do much better if you applied discernment and conscience instead of some "Poe's Law". I'm neither an extremist nor a satirist. I'm simply a firm Believer, and that includes belief in knowing what's right and standing up for it. That's crystal clear in my writings, really. Perhaps you've been reading too many blogs like that one you mentioned, or the Onion, or watching Rachel Maddow?
A similar study conducted by the University of Maryland, judged how likely consumers of various news outlets and publications were to believe misinformation about a wide range of political issues. The study found that Fox News viewers, regardless of political information, were "significantly more likely" to believe that:
--Most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely)
--Most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points)
--The economy is getting worse (26 points)
--Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points)
--The stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points)
--Their own income taxes have gone up (14 points)
--The auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points)
--When TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points)
--And that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points)
In addition, the study said, increased viewership of Fox News led to increased belief in these false stories.
Funny. We see these exact same talking points presented and defended regularly on Hub Pages, don't we? Now we don't have to wonder where our fave neocon hubbers are getting their non-news!
Sorry, but I don't care enough to look at every poll you posted. I was curious about the OP, and I ended up with spittle on the screen from a news source citing this as anything near reliable information.
looking at it again, turns out they weren't smart enough to put a % sign on the number of responses that said they listened to Fox during the past week. So it's not 64 people, it's 64% of 612 people or 392 people that got news from Fox.
But, since it's percentages, it means that only a maximum of 26% of the 612 could have possibly gotten their news chiefly from Fox news, and a minimum of 0% getting their news chiefly from Fox news. There was no control in the poll at all. 612 people with 3439 total news sources.
Let's give them the benefit of the doubt that every person who didn't get news from the most popular source also got ALL of their news ONLY from Fox. That's 159 people, which still leaves a margin of error of +/- 7.7%.
This is why these polls are worthless. Nothing in the poll checked to see which news source was the person's main news source. The average person from the poll listed 5.6 news sources they used from the previous week. There is no control.
I watch FOX sometimes, so I guess I must be stupid. I also watch CNN and MSNBC. I read voraciously, from a wide variety of sources - left wing, right wing, moderate, etc. I think you have to do this to get an idea of the truth.
I think that's true. If you only ever read information or watch TV sources that are nearest to your own perspectives, you can't critique. Reading widely allows you to reach your own conclusions. (still think Fox news is a bit OTT, though. Mind you I also think the BBC is very one sided)
I also watch FOX in addition to CNN, MSNBC and what ever else. Also, when a particular news story gets my attention I try to check out a variety of sources because they all have a different slant. The FOX news derangement syndrome is pointless. They slant right but most of the others especially MSNBC (hysterically) slant left. You can put them all together and get a more realistic picture. Anyone who is too dogmatic to explore other sources of information is missing a lot of what is going on in the world.
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