The 'most consistently misinformed media viewers'

“In polls,” Stewart said, in a surprisingly angry tone, “who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? The most consistently misinformed? Fox. Fox viewers. Consistently. Every poll.” Full Story »

Posted by Joey Baker - via Steve Benen, Memeorandum, Washington Monthly
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Posted by: Posted by Joey Baker - Jun 19, 2011 - 11:52 AM PDT
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Edited by: Fabrice Florin - Jun 21, 2011 - 6:33 AM PDT
Jon Mitchell
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by Jon Mitchell - Jun. 21, 2011

There's a palpable slant here, for a subject that is quite prone to selective interpretation, but it's well-supported with quantitative evidence.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Jun. 21, 2011

Insightful and informative opinion piece about FOX News and Jon Stewart's recent comment on their audience. The author also gives his own views and cites two polls which suggest that FOX News viewers are more likely to be misinformed than other Americans. I had missed these polls and found this new information helpful. Had this been a straight news report, I would have expected more independent sources to be cited, as well as the perspectives of FOX News and its viewers.

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Chris Finnie
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by Chris Finnie - Jun. 21, 2011

Besides the somewhat snarky tone, I'm not sure "reality" is the issue here--as it is a slippery beast, open to interpretation. But whether or not viewers are getting accurate facts is. I've read the same polls, and it does appear Fox viewers are more misinformed than most.

What nobody has mentioned is whether or not this is an issue for the FCC. Do people who use the public airwaves have a responsibility to present accurate information to the public? I think they do. Or they should have to clearly represent it as opinion as newspapers do. Or lose their license. Same goes for radio. This has really just gone far enough.

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Gin Ferrara
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by Gin Ferrara - Jun. 21, 2011

This report focuses on research conducted by PIPA, providing some real data to back up the rather one-sided focus.

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Jun. 20, 2011

This is interview with Jon Stewart is excellent journalism. Our government is a representative democracy and voters need to have fair and good journalism. Fox News is a serious problem.

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Francis Lilly
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by Francis Lilly - Jun. 21, 2011

Good journalism. First: The column does not try to take on the full FOX v Reality debate. Focuses on a specific point raised in the interview and sticks with it. Stewart's premise supported by several "recognized authorities' in the polling industry (the same often used by FOX). Wallace's defense paraphrased "our lovers love us". However, one bit of deception by journalist Steve Benen: "Fox News’ minions 'aren’t the least bit disappointed' with what the Republican news network provides," wraps his bias around a soundbite that is correct, but not the full statement, He substitutes "Republican" and calls the viewers "minions, a term of contempt (using the same tactics as the network he is exposing. In depth by citing many ... More »

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Joey Baker
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by Joey Baker - Jun. 20, 2011

Good fact checking.

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Jun. 20, 2011

Researchers found that Americans who paid more attention to the news were more likely to know about current events. But Americans who relied on Fox News were ... More »

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John Warren
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by John Warren - Jun. 21, 2011

The questions cited from the poll seem to be written to trip up republicans, but that doesn't excuse the findings.

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