Who's dumber, Fox News or MSNBC viewers

If you read the stories, like this one headlined, Fox News viewers less informed about current events, poll shows, you'd think it was the Fox News viewers who are the idiots. You might want to read the actual study to find out that it's not so clear cut. MSNBC viewers don't do so well either. What are we supposed to assume from the way this study was presented, that conservatives are stupid? What's the purpose of such a survey anyway?


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  • The implications seems pretty clear, that if you watch Fox News you're likely to receive bad information and therefore not be as informed.

    I just looked at the study and it summed things up: "The conclusion:
    Sunday morning news shows do the most to help people learn about current events, while some outlets, especially Fox News, lead people to be even less informed than those who they don’t watch any news at all."

    So it does seem clear that this study did conclude that watching Fox News was not helpful if your goal is to be informed.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    My point was that MSNBC, a favorite of those who love to hate Fox, didn't do much better in the survey than Fox viewers. If that's the case, why did the headline, story and study single out Fox? How fair and balanced is that? Further, does the study provide evidence that Fox (or MSNBC) is providing inaccurate information, or does it only suggest that those who come to those to cable stations are less informed to start with? Again, the purpose of this study seems muddled.

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