Study: Getting your information from Fox News is worse than not following news at all

Fairleigh Dickinson University (via Political Wire)
The results of a new poll “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,” says Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson. According to the telephone poll of 612 New Jersey adults, Fox News viewers are 18 percentage points less likely to know that the Egyptian uprising was successful, and 6 percentage points less likely to know that the one in Syria has not been. The most informed respondents, across several questions: People who listen to NPR and those who watch Sunday morning news programs and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Although Stewart doesn’t spend a lot of time on the topics in the poll, Cassino says, “when he does talk about something, his viewers pick up a lot more information than they would from other news sources.” || Related: PolitiFact tells Jon Stewart that Fox News viewers are not ‘most consistently misinformed’ | Jon Stewart ‘apologizes’ for remark

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  • Anonymous

    If you listen to NPR or watch the lamestream media, you will told what to think.  If you watch Fox News, you will actually know what is going on in the world without being told what to think.  Liberals need to get over their profoundly misplaced moral and intellectual superiority.  That has been true for the last fifty years or so.

  • Anonymous

    They were comparing FoxNews viewers to people that don’t watch news AT ALL. That’s really telling.

  • Anonymous

    The White House and Democrats HAVE to watch it to see what the conservatives are up to with their propaganda.

    When it comes to the other “ratings,” those are driven up by FoxNews paying hotels, restaurants, gas stations, hospitals, and other places where people are waiting while business is being done to have FoxNews on all day long. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked an establishment to change the channel to something like the Weather channel (a neutral channel, as far as I can tell).  Many of the people sitting in the area have given me a grateful look.

    The Murdoch empire has been caught fabricating “subscribers” to the Wall Street Journal in Britain to drive up their numbers, so they could charge more for advertising. They do the same with FoxNews, by paying for businesses to put FoxNews on their TVs.

  • Anonymous

    FoxNews has testified in court that they will lie to present the story the way they want to.
    http://www.foxbghsuit.com/

    Think about it: they lie, so how do you know that what they say is true? Many of the things you mention are not “scandals” or anyone doing anything wrong. FoxNews just acts like they are so they can claim that anyone that isn’t conservative is bad.

  • Anonymous

    That’s because FoxNews is not news, it’s propaganda, which is inherently going to me misinformation and biased.

  • Anonymous

    To say Fairly Ridiculous is Academia is like saying Obama is a centrist.

  • RoboSlater

    If you use a phrase such as “conservative echo chamber”, you’re probably a lousy hack and not a journalist.

  • Anonymous

    I stopped watching Fox News some years ago when there was an incessant drumbeat of “The War on Christmas,” primarily by Bill O’Reilly and a couple of other talking heads. I was conducting my own, admittedly non-scientific study at the time by sending traditional Christmas cards from my office. I told the staff members to refer to me anyone who was offended by the message, “Merry Christmas and the Blessing of a Happy & Prosperous New Year.” From 2000 until I sold my interest in the business to a partner at the end of 2008, I had exactly zero complaints. I figured that the War on Christmas was nothing more than a manufactured front in the culture war that these political opportunists were attempting to stir up.

  • RoboSlater

    Neither apparently would the White House have known about those issues without Fox News’ reporting of them. Also credit Andrew Breitbart.

  • RoboSlater

    The White House admits it watches Fox News.  Most Democrats in Congress watch it.   And based on ratings, more Americans watch Fox News than MSNBC by about a 3 to 1 ratio.  So I’m curious as to what conclusions are meant to be drawn from the “study”, and (b) what was the motive of such a “study”?

  • http://twitter.com/Tom_Maguire Tom Maguire

    Actually, no – although the press release specifically cited Mubarak, the survey question did not:

    “To the best of your knowledge, have the opposition groups protesting in Egypt been successful in bringing down the regime there?”

    I agree that this remains an open question today and was an open question when the survey was taken in October.  Here is a NY Times editorial from before the survey:

    Egypt’s Failing Army

    … The army is increasingly at odds
    with the people and contributing to instability. Many Egyptians now
    understandably fear that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed
    Forces, which took over when Mr. Mubarak was pushed out, will do
    anything to retain power and keep ordinary citizens from exercising
    their political rights.

    My guess is that a lot of locals in Cairo would give the same “wrong” answer as the Foxies in Jersey.

  • F. Douglas

    Another day, another opportunity to bash Fox News here. (Not that they don’t often deserve it, but….)

    Journalists should be skeptical in reporting on any issue, and in looking at these “poll” results, there’s a lot to be skeptical of here. We’re only talking about 612 people surveyed, and the number of conservatives in that group appears to be pretty limited. The number of questions is remarkably small. We’re only talking about a small number of people asked a limited number of questions in one liberal East Coast state; how can all this be extrapolated to the entire country?

    Also, the reports on this focus on Fox, while ignoring the fact that viewers of MSNBC don’t do much better. In fact, they do worse in some regards. Yet, of course, Poynter and others put Fox in the headlines.

    Looks like a lot of writers are willing to take things at face value to fit their own personal biases rather than doing the  digging you’d expect from good journalists to ferret out the real story.

  • Anonymous

    Please include in the first line of the story (The results of a new poll by…) exactly who conducted the poll!

  • http://rightnetwork.com Jack Reno

    Practice autofellatio somewhere else, Andrew.

  • Anonymous

    Farleigh Dickenson is a university; I thought he was a movie star in the 30′s 

  • http://twitter.com/mdooley matt dooley

    It was survey of 612 people in New Jersey. Let’s certainly apply that nationally. Also, the study found that MSNBC viewers were 10% less likely to correctly ID the OWS protesters as Democrat-leaning.

  • Anonymous

    Being intelligent is NOT a given! Sometimes it helps to “comprehend” what it is you’re reading before walking away & making an opinion before having a full understanding of things! I think a 6th-grader could have written an intelligent book report within a few minutes on what this author was trying to say. It’s a bit mind-boggling to see that an adult can’t even understand a few sentences with a “big” obvious headline! It seems adults in the new millennium are NOT as smart as they used to be! Sad!

  • Anonymous

    Sure but if Fox was not around the mainstream media would have maybe mentioned it very briefly if at all and then sweep all of them under the rug and Rep. Weiner might still be around. We need to hear all sides not just whitewashed liberal propaganda.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Fodor/1371086563 Kevin Fodor

    The uprising will only be truly “successful” if there’s a good ending for the Egyptian people, whatever that might be.  If not…it will have failed.  The definition of success being used here automatically assumes the bias that merely overthrowing a dictator makes the whole operation a success.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Fodor/1371086563 Kevin Fodor

    The uprising will only be truly “successful” if there’s a good ending for the Egyptian people, whatever that might be.  If not…it will have failed.  The definition of success being used here automatically assumes the bias that merely overthrowing a dictator makes the whole operation a success.

  • Pete Zeigler

    Fox news scares these vermin. I LIKE it when they are terrified. I say the biased media zealots have some bad times ahead. Justice finds a way.

  • http://twitter.com/rono3849 Ron O’Neal

    This biased crap is just another reason to stop following this web site.

  • Anonymous

    And if you work for Fox News, whatever your age, you probably don’t have a soul.

  • http://twitter.com/leicaman leicaman

    From a journalist to someone who apparently doesn’t know how to spot a good one, I’d say you really have no clue what life is about. There are good journalists working for Fox. And a lot of bad ones. The problem is the management doesn’t promote the good ones because that would cut into their revenue stream that is dependent on attracting people who live in a conservative echo chamber.

  • http://twitter.com/ClimateRider Climate Change News

    You need to read the linked article at http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2011/knowless/, which more accurately states that “Egyptians were successful in overthrowing the government of Hosni Mubarak,”

  • http://twitter.com/ClimateRider Climate Change News

    pg00635,all of the so-called “scandals” that you mentioned (well, I’ll admit, Anthony Weiner definitely was a scandal) were discussed in detail on every major news outlet, including NPR, MSNBC and others. Even Jon Stewart talked about these events. Apparently, you haven’t been paying attention.

  • http://twitter.com/against_obama Against Obama

    Nonsense.  The Egypt uprising was successful?  By what standards?  I’m seeing today more violent uprising because the people who took over are islamic dictators themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Americans would never have known about Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Anthony Weiner, Deficit Talks, NPR scandals ect, ect,ect if there was no Fox News. Get your liberal head out of the sand and find out what the world is really about.

    When and if you ever get out of college you will find that when your 20 you feel that if you are not a liberal you don’t think you have a heart. You will realize after some real world experience that if you are still a liberal at 30 you probably do not have a head. Viva the first amendment.

  • Anonymous

    I was referring to the fact the actual report talks about watching Fox News vs. “watching” no news, but the headline compares watching Fox News to “following” no news. 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe you’ve been out of school to long to actually learn something from reading, then formulating the answer in your head yourself. The author is basically asking the question: Does watching Fox News make you stupid, or do you have to be stupid to watch Fox News?? My vote is that you watch Fox regularly! lol

  • Anonymous

    It’s definitely “watch” per the linked article.

  • Anonymous

    I’m no fan of FoxNews, but either your headline is extraordinarily misleading or the report is extremely imprecise. The report refers specifically to those who “watch” no news at all, not “follow[]” news. Those strike me as two very different things.

  • Anonymous

    in other news today, water is wet.