Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Seventh survey declares Fox News viewers least informed

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And Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind makes seven (surveys identifying Fox News as the least reliable name in news):

What's stunning is how many different areas of the news and public policy Fox viewers are misinformed about. For instance, the Fairleigh Dickinson survey asked viewers about recent grassroots uprisings in Arab nations [emphasis added]:

For example, people who watch Fox News, the most popular of the 24-hour cable news networks, are 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watch no news at all..... Fox News watchers are also 6-points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their government than those who watch no news.

I don’t know about you, but an audience that’s even less informed than those who don’t even watch any news at all doesn’t strike me as the mark of a credible news channel. Just a thought.