Skip to comments.Fox News Makes You Stupid? (And Getting Your News From The Comedy Channel Makes You Smart?)
Posted on 12/29/2010 10:58:09 AM PST by Kaslin
There is nothing the left believes in more robotically than the stupidity of conservatives. Otherwise, they would not be conservatives. When liberals get routed in an election, they do not question themselves. The first -- and for most, only -- verdict is that the American people were disastrously flooded by a tsunami of stupidity and misinformation.
So it's not surprising that left-wing bloggers would rejoice when they can write the headline "New Study Proves That Fox News Makes You Stupid." That's the Daily Kos headline. According to them, Fox News is "deliberately misinforming their viewers" to help Republicans, who "benefited from the ignorance Fox News helped to proliferate," as voters "based their decisions on demonstrably false information."
The liberal pranksters masquerading as pollsters at the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) are at it again. In a new survey, they claim that those who watched Fox News Channel on a daily basis were significantly more likely to believe in "misinformation." But how is that word defined? Look at the details and you will be floored by the misinformation -- coming from the pollsters themselves.
Here's Exhibit A: Fox viewers were more likely to believe "Among economists who have estimated the effect of the health reform law on the federal budget deficit over the next ten years, more think it will increase the deficit."
That is misinformation? This question is not about facts at all. It's about the opinions of economists looking into a crystal ball, and PIPA's "economists" estimate that herding 35 million uninsured Americans into a new federal entitlement program is going to reduce the deficit. This assertion by liberals that ObamaCare would cut deficits isn't technically a "lie" -- yet. It is merely a patently ridiculous claim that doesn't acknowledge the real world. But somehow, Fox News viewers are tagged as the "misinformed" dummies, because their opinions are grounded in logic.
Here's Exhibit B: Fox viewers were more likely to believe "Most economists who have studied it estimate that the stimulus legislation saved or created a few jobs or caused job losses." Once again, this isn't about facts, but about economists and their estimation. The idea that there is "misinformation" afoot, and it's not about the incredibly nebulous and politicized notion of "saving or creating" jobs -- something so nebulous it can never be factually verified -- shows you the bias of the PIPA pollsters.
Let's go all the way back to the drawing board on this poll. Is it fair -- whether the pollsters are liberals or conservatives -- to expect the American people to identify correctly the estimates made by a panel of economists organized by news editors of The Wall Street Journal? In a random polling sample, how many memorizing Journal subscribers are you going to find?
There is a more serious polling problem here for PIPA. The poll was done from Nov. 6-15, 2010, with a sample size of 848 respondents, for a margin of error of 3.4 percent. Given that an average primetime audience of Fox News is 2.2 million out of a nation of more than 300 million people, that's 0.7 percent. Out of 848 poll respondents, 0.7 percent would give us total of about six Fox viewers. In their own polling breakdown, PIPA says 17 percent said they were almost-daily Fox viewers, or about 145 people. Even that is simply not high enough to test in a serious poll.
That is why this survey wasn't food for the national media, but scraps left for craven bloggers who know nothing about facts and care less about the truth.
Almost every piece of "misinformation" the PIPA people floated to measure how conservatives misunderstood Obama involved blatant spinning about Obama's role in the auto bailout or the TARP program, or how the "stimulus" included tax cuts, or even Obama's birth certificate.
They're not alone in trying to nail Fox. In August 2009, an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll reported 72 percent of self-identified Fox News viewers believed the health-care plan will give coverage to illegal immigrants, 79 percent believed it will lead to a government takeover, 69 percent thought it would use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, and 75 percent believed that it will allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing care for the elderly.
Sadly for NBC, this "misinformation" is already coming true: On Christmas, The New York Times reported "death panels" are back in the ObamaCare regulations, and we knew by midsummer that states were funding abortions through ObamaCare.
These polls identify the real liberal fear: that someone will trust Fox News to tell them things the liberal media try to crush and bury.
It’s no wonder communism takes hold so often
the stupid liberals willing allow themselves to think they care so much more.
and killing a few million to implement communism just makes helping the rest so much easier
until a few more million starve to death.
Why do communist countries that go capitalist do so peacefully? without murdering millions? because people have jobs and food and are happy.
Maybe not by statute, yet, but does anyone want to bet me $10,000 that, eventually, illegal aliens (NOT immigrants) will get health care under 0bamacare if it isn't over turned? Anyone?
Well Fox has liberals and something they now call moderates with a conservative, so that means liberals get two voices to one conservative. Think about it. And I love all of those reports on Fox about the BC issue.
Let’s hope we never have to find out...
John Stewart, a.k.a. John Lieberwitz = Edward R. Murrow
How stupid is that?
Hmmmm, and former liberals who become conservatives - are what?
This is true ONLY if you're one of the "Fatally Hip".
If I am not mistaken legal immigrants are not even allowed to apply for health care but legal immigrants can get it without any problems
Yeah, just how smart is the PC crowd that refuses to accept any view contrary to their VERBAL OR WRITTEN “views”?
Notice I didn’t mention BEHAVIORAL views becoz we all know that liberals run from their own policies, blue to red, cities to suburbs. They can’t stand themselves so they run to mommy and daddy conservatives to protection from each other.
We need a left vs right shoot on Jeopardy ..will clean their clock
> Hmmmm, and former liberals who become conservatives - are what?
Learning to apply logic to politics and economics.
Evidence of Liberal stupidity: (feel free to add)
1) In the face of record Federal tax receipts, they can’t see that spending is the problem, and call for higher taxes. (But only on the “rich”.)
2) Declare CO2 a pollutant, because it would allow the regulation of population and industry.
3) Promote Obamacare and other socialist policies, despite evidence that socialism has never worked in history.
4) Ignore the ties between Islam and Terror, while promoting more protection for Islam than Christianity.
How about “are you smarter than a 5th grader?”
Libtards are just SO generous...with OTHER PEOPLE’S money.
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