This is your brain on Fox News. Any questions?

According to recent polls, Fox News viewers are the most misinformed of all news consumers. They are 12 percentage points more likely to believe the stimulus package caused job losses, 17 points more likely to believe Muslims want to establish Shariah law in America, 30 points more likely to say that scientists dispute global warming, and 31 points more likely to doubt President Obama’s citizenship. In fact, a study by the University of Maryland reveals, ignorance of Fox viewers actually increases the longer they watch the network.

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  1. Anonymous June 11, 2011

    Fortunately viewership is down…isn’t the entire net (all shows combined) being beaten by Stewart’s Daily Show?

  2. Anna Tarkov June 11, 2011

    To your latter point, ummm, no. Daily Show has, relatively speaking, a very small TV audience. As for viewership declining for Fox News, have there been recent numbers on this? I don’t recall seeing anything, but maybe I missed it?

  3. Anonymous June 12, 2011

    via Rolling Stone says it all. Fox is killing the other networks and they do provide some balance to their reporting unlike the other cable news outlets that consistently list to the port side.

  4. Anna Tarkov June 12, 2011

    Not sure what you think “via Rolling Stone” says. They’ve done some excellent reporting and this was a good profile of Ailes. I doubt if he would disagree with any of it, but then again who knows. People are the most easily self-deluded about themselves; I think if we’re being honest, we all know this from personal experience.

    As for Fox’s great ratings, since when do ratings = quality? I think Big Momma’s House or some other horrendous movies have been at the top of the box office more than once. Does that mean they should win an Oscar? Clearly not. And I’m sorry, but if you think Fox is providing “balance,” then you’re mistaken. It’s a propaganda machine disguised as “news” and the people in charge know that it’s so. They wouldn’t dispute it if you asked them. So why are you?

    Finally, I don’t put the other cable networks above Fox necessarily. Though they’re less ideological, they still often do a very poor job. That’s why I personally never watch any cable news or any news on TV really. I feel it’s an extremely poor medium for actually informing the public. It’s entertainment, nothing more. I prefer to read online, in print and listen to the radio occasionally for my news consumption.

  5. Anonymous June 12, 2011

     There’s no use discussing anything with someone who has made up their mind. I find my friends and acquaintances very open minded and aware of the world around them. We can discern a bs artist from either side of the political spectrum.    “Via Rolling Stone” says you bought all this hook, line and sinker from a known left leaning magazine…oh sure, done some excellent reporting, but do you scratch the surface or just assume it’s all true? Are you a journalist? You seem pretty close-minded about a lot of things that should fire up your reporter instincts, but instead you just pull the “Fox is a propaganda machine….” out of your empty head and present it to us like it’s something new and shiny. There is no one source of balanced news anywhere, there never has been, but Fox consistently has people on it’s shows from the left and the right to discuss issues. No one else does that. MSNBC, CNN, the alphabet networks will have a panel of liberals and little else. I find it disturbing that you can’t see that, but oh yeah, you don’t watch cable news so how do you have an opinion of what’s on it. I’ll bet a little birdie told you…..

  6. Anna Tarkov June 13, 2011

    “There’s no use discussing anything with someone who has made up their mind.”

    Funny, I was just about to say the same thing to you :-)

    It’s unfortunate that we can’t discuss this further, but I’m not going to indulge someone who refers to me as having an empty head. If you truly were interested in having a civil discussion, you wouldn’t come at me with personal attacks. I’m more than happy to discuss something with even a person I disagree with, but what I will not do is be berated. I’m sorry it didn’t work out. In the future, if you want to debate something with someone, you should consider your tone.

  7. Anonymous June 13, 2011

     Meanwhile you masked your initial reply in snarkiness and condescension. You lost the argument so you take issue with my tone. I won’t waste any more time with a hypocrite.   Seek help.

  8. Anna Tarkov June 13, 2011

    Snarkiness is really not as damaging to a discussion as put-downs. You can be snarky all you want, but when you insult someone directly, it makes it very difficult to continue to talk about something and feel the the other person respects your point of view.

    I’m sorry, I don’t see where I was being condescending. If you mean my reference to self-delusion, then I was referring to all people, myself included.

    Also, I’m not sure how I “lost the argument,” as you put it. We disagree, yes, but I don’t see how there’s anything to be won or lost here. Not everything is a pitched battle and it’s a pity that you view it as such.

  9. Anonymous June 13, 2011

     Self-delusion is your forte…go with it.    

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