FAUX News: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (Well.. 2 of 3)
by Anthony Sibley (AJ) on Jul 28, 2013 | Views: 301 | Score: 4
|Percentage More Believing True|
|When TARP Stimulus Package Was Voted On, Most Republicans Opposed||12|
|Economic Stimulus Caused Job Losses||12|
|Own Income Taxes Have Gone Up Under Obama||14|
|Economy is Getting Worse||26|
|Most Scientists Do Not Believe Global Warming||30|
|Healthcare Law Will Worsen Deficit||31|
|It is Not Clear Whether Obama Was Born in US||31|
Fox News Viewer Misinformation
Fox News Viewers Compared to Non-Fox News Viewers
Sources: worldpublicopinion.org, foxnews.com
Throughout the 2010 campaign season, over 90% of news-media viewers felt that their news source presented false information. However, viewers of Fox News were significantly more likely to believe this erroneous political information. This misinformation increases with the amount of Fox News watched. Impressively, Fox viewers are significantly less informed than those who don't even watch news media. Fox News is by far the largest cable news program, with more than twice as many average daily viewers as CNN and MSNBC, combined.
Global Warming and whether or not Obama was born in the US surprised me the most. I mean, I could see how combining some skewed statistics with biased reports might cause people who only get their news from one source to believe some of the others, but those two, and the fact that the percentage was so high, is ridiculous.
Excellent points. Given the significant amount of research and attention being given to global warming, and the constitutional nebulous in which a non-American American President would operate in, it's rather strange that FOX viewers would be so significantly more misled on the veracity of these issues. It's rather unsettling that this level of misperception corresponds so well with the amount of the FOX watched. That almost all news-media viewers realize their new source presents false information, and yet many seem powerless to recognize much of this invalidity, is further remarkable.