Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Faux News Redux


                                             
Ken O'Brien

Back in February I published a piece titled "Where's Joe Friday When We Need Him?"  

In it I detailed a study by the University of Maryland that found that viewers of Fox News were the most misinformed of all consumers of broadcast news.

Now a recent study by  Fairleigh Dickinson University confirms that result:

"According to the latest results from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll, some news sources make us less likely to know what’s going on in the world. In the most recent study, the poll asked New Jerseyans about current events at home and abroad, and from what sources – if any – they get their information. 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 say they don’t watch any news at all."

The following chart shown on Fox News on Monday illustrates the way that outlet purveys misinformation: The following chart shown on Fox News on Monday illustrates the way that outlet purveys misinformation:

Fox


 According to that chart,  November's 8.6 percent is the same as October's 9.0 percent, and it's also higher than February's 8.9 percent and March's 8.8 percent. Here's what Fox should have put on the air:



Fox


(Charts originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 02:28 PM PST.)

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