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If Fox News viewers want to be informed about current events, they might as well turn off the TV.

A poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University on Monday found that people who get their news from Fox News know significantly less about news both in the U.S. and the world than people who watch no news at all.

…Fox News fans flunked questions about Egypt and Syria when compared with people who don’t watch the news. Fox viewers were 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians toppled their government and 6 points less likely to be aware that Syrians have not yet overthrown theirs.

“Because of the controls for partisanship, we know these results are not just driven by Republicans or other groups being more likely to watch Fox News,” Dan Cassino, a Fairleigh Dickinson professor who served as an analyst for the poll, said in the report. “Rather, the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all…”

The most informative outlets were found to be the Sunday morning news shows as well as outlets like the New York Times, USA today and NPR.


  1. Harry says:

    One only has to look no further then the birthers to figure this one out.

  2. Collo Rosso says:

    I think you’re all full of shit. FOX informs better than the others and with much less bias. Just look who the non-Fox watchers put in office as president. I don’t give a damn where he was born . . . he’s just totally incompetent and corrupt!

    • msbpodcast says:

      Obama is not the one who managed to get this country into two wars, utter financial collapse, make lots of money for the people who didn’t need any, while killing lots of US citizens, ten times more foreigners, wiping out the middle class back home through his corrupt pals and insane trickle down fiscal mathematics.

      I’m sure he would have been a lot happier following in Al Gore’s footprints. So would have been most others Americans.

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        apart from the Wars, Obama is Bush II according to you, bush on steroids…Like a third world dictator, he leaves wall street fundraisers to give speeches about his support for OWS…its hilarious you loons don’t catch on.

        • mike says:

          wait wait wait…Obama is the president who has started wars without congressional approval! He now uses nato as his military, bypasses congress whenever he wants, AND he is the scum bag who will allow the Military to be able to arrest US citizens on US soil and consider them enemy combatiants. HE has done way more to turn this nation into a military state, the democrats have proven they are no better, in fact WAY WORSE than then republicans when it comes to war mongering. THROWN THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE.,..ELECT RON PAUL, 2012.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      I’m glad that you think that of Obama. Imagine if we would have had someone who was last in his class at the Naval Academy, and older than dirt, with a VP who’s a quitter. Talk about incompetent.

  3. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Who would have thunk Fairleigh Dickinson University, whose faculty immerses itself with such weighty intellectual issues as ” The Feel-Good Society: How the Customer Metaphor is Undermining American Education, Religion, Media and Healthcare. Pentagram Publishing;

    Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. 2001 (Humanities and Communications)

    Radical Innocence: A Critical Study of the Hollywood Ten. University Press of Kentucky 1989 (Humanities and Communications)

    And the all time favorite:

    Separation Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: An Individualized Approach to Assessment and Treatment.

    • Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

      This contradicts the findings of the poll how, exactly?

      Diversions don’t work.

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        Its documents the consistent vacuity and bias characteristic of the propaganda ministry for the ruling class progressive elite.

        Obama & crew, manifestly Chicago politicians rewarding friends everywhere, especially 1 percenters on Wall Street and Bankers foreign and domestic…give feel good speeches to the OWS crowd just like third world dictators, and you leftsts all salivate like pavlov’s dog.

        How far the left has fallen. I recall a time when they actually questioned “the man” regardless what lies he spoke…but not now…they are immersed in the propaganda press’s definition of smart and all are judged on how well versed in those lies one is…

        Fox beats all the main stream media, combined.

        • tcc3 says:

          If we go by the vacuous work of the people who argue for a position that would mean every position you’ve ever argued for on this blog is ignorant, ill considered and stupid.

          Unfortunately, you’re still wrong. Your positions are lacking in their own merit, not just the lack of skill with which you argue them.

          • So what says:

            “that would mean every position you’ve ever argued for on this blog is ignorant, ill considered and stupid. ”
            If its posted by alfie that’s kind of a given.

  4. Harry Mangurian says:

    When I was at Queens College (New York) we used to call it:
    “Fairly Ridiculous University.” I guess it still applies.

  5. tnp says:

    Remember, Fox News went to court to win the right to lie to you.

    • Dallas says:

      As you know, the media has little credibility with the general sheeple. However, Fox Sheeple still considers Fox as ‘news’.

      Hence, you have two things:
      (1) A dumb ass Fox viewership as shown by the scientific, undisputed study and correlation with other studies
      (2) Politicians act now as if there’s no accountability and can say whatever they want. Fox is a great outlet for Teapublican lies because as in point (1), the audience is a collection of dumbasses

  6. Clifffton says:

    Last I knew Stewart/Colbert had better informed viewers.

    One thing I don’t understand is Gretchen Carlson…. she worked at a local station here and didn’t seem nearly as angry or stupid. Maybe it’s Steve?

    And of course the classic…. how do the tides work? God did it! or perhaps the moon. Sounds like Jugalos asking about magnets :)

  7. NewFormatSux says:

    Liberal academics love producing these studies that let them believe they are right. Most likely their is some weak statistics in the studies, and some rigged questions either by wording or choice of topic. I remember one of them had a question like Saddam was linked to 9/11, you are more likely to believe this if you are a conservative. Anyone doubt liberals are more likely to believe 9/11 was an inside job?

    • tcc3 says:

      “Most likely,” “Anyone doubt,”

      That some strong analytical evidence you have there.

  8. the dude says:

    In other news, 100% of Eitards think correlation implies causation

    • tcc3 says:

      Correlation often does imply causation. What it doesn’t do is prove causation.

      If you’re going to be critical, at least try to be right.

  9. capkingy says:

    If fox news viewers are so uninformed why is Ed Schultz one of the least influential people alive. :)

    • JAK says:

      What does some jock with only only his own self interest in mind have to do with your low IQ.I guess he would be more popular if more idiots watch him like Fox news.

  10. Mr Ed says:

    Well duh! Faux news believers are far too stupid to know that they ARE stupid!

  11. Rick says:

    Fox isn’t a mouthpiece for the GOP. It has become its own political party that just “informs the world” what Rupert Murdoch thinks about an issue.

    When will that Old Man ever retire? I’m sure his employees are counting the days.

  12. wsjiii says:

    If you’re getting your news from any corporate media outlet then you qualify as an idiot by default.