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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    Steve Myers was the managing editor of until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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