Posted by: Rick | Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Contagious Stupidity

I always knew Steve Doocy was a menace:

People who watch Fox News . . . are 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watch no news at all (after controlling for other news sources, partisanship, education and other demographic factors). 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.

“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,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and an analyst for the PublicMind Poll. “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.” [Emphasis added]

On the plus side, Fox viewers know that Democrats are a bunch of socialists and that Barack Obama is from Kenya.

(H/t Think Progress)

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  1. I’ve seen mentions of this study many times. On one hand, I like the fact that it implicitly focuses on editorial news selection, which is something I write about a lot. On the other hand, I think that emphasizing negatives about Fox News viewers just makes them dig in more, and is therefore counter-productive.

    We all blame Congress for being overly partisan, but they are just a reflection of their constituents. It’s time to stop the madness at all levels, in my opinion.


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