Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don’t Watch Any News: Study

Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don’t Watch Any News: Study.

Dan Cassino, a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson, explained in a statement, “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. 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.”

This isn’t the first study that has found that Fox News viewers more misinformed in comparison to others. Last year, a study from the University of Maryland found that Fox News viewers were more likely to believe false information about politics.

The truth may set you free, but it won’t always make you happy. There’s the rub. The current minority of political extremists have the ultimate “out” for any argument that is about to end badly (against their side). Any fact with which we do not agree is being reported by communists, socialists, atheists, homosexuals, pacifists, anarchists, liberals, feminists, intellectuals, one-world internationalists, secularists, or … whatever makes us uncomfortable.

These people do not merely live in an alternate universe, they live in a Magical Kingdom. It is magically controlled by all right thinking people. That is, everybody who thinks just like I think. That simply must be everybody. All the people I know agree with me (none would ever dare give voice to a contrary opinion!).

The viewpoint is both individualistic and delusional. It is probably not a mental disease. American culture caters to the personal whims of consumerism and materialism. This elevates personal judgment above every other influence. Yes, many Americans think they are bible-believing Christians, but they hold a set of selective and convenient doctrines that is expressed by lots of sentimentality and emotion and very little cross carrying. When carried to the extreme, one loses contact with any realistic views.

Lots of us have friends who spend too much time watching news, especially FOX news. In the case of the latter, large doses result in a toxic mix of paranoia and rage. Of course, there is plenty of raw material laying around for anybody who wants to build a structure out of anger. The Occupy movement has pinpointed a number of things that deserve rebuke. The Tea Party operates on a kernel of truth about the disconnectedness of elected officials.

FOX, and the score of even loonier internet sites of a kindred spirit, never get past the “them versus us” aspect of every story. This is deliberate, although it may not necessarily represent a conspiracy. All of the right wing extremists want to silence any voice but their own. There are plenty of voices I would cheerfully snuff out, but the final outcome of that would be that only the most powerful voices would be winners. When it is over, all that is left is FOX, the Koch brothers, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, and a select group of radicals. Every goofy professor, economist, godless communist, liberal and Tea Party member will all be buried in a massive common grave of the permanently silenced voices of descent.

The loudest voices (like FOX) are dangerous because they spread a deadly virus of suspicion that, once firmly implanted, makes the viewer unable to accept any “truth” except his own “personal experience.” That becomes the only filter for processing new information, and all unpleasant data must be discarded and those who report it must be destroyed.

This is why police mace college students who offer no resistance, and torture is accepted as the norm.

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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

One Response to Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don’t Watch Any News: Study

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fox equals Nazi its that simple

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