How Fox Makes You Stupid: A recent University of Maryland study of American voters shows that regular viewers of Fox are significantly misinformed compared to viewers of other sources. The more Fox regular viewers watch Fox, the more of what they think they know is actually false. The following Fox viewer responses show how badly misinformed Fox viewers were on leading issues.
- 91% believed that the stimulus legislation lost jobs.
- 72% believed that the health reform law will increase the deficit.
- 72% believed that the economy is getting worse.
- 60% believed that climate change is not occurring.
- 49% believed that income taxes have gone up.
- 63% believed that the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts.
- 56% believed that Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout.
- 38% believed that most Republicans opposed TARP.
- 63% believed that Obama was not born in the US (or that it is unclear).
The results of the UM study corroborate previous studies on the Iraq War, and the NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll on healthcare, both of which demonstrated that Fox viewer opinions have little to do with reality. The only unbiased conclusion is that Fox is a propaganda machine dedicated to creating public opinion that favors the vested interests of Fox and the Republican Party. Avid Fox viewers are rabid Republican conservatives who base their decisions on demonstrably false information fed to them by Fox. The Maryland University study clearly demonstrates that Fox is so blatantly dishonest, and the effects of that dishonesty now so ingrained in the electorate, that the American public is being deluded by a campaign of disinformation. The three studies provide clear evidence that Fox is deliberately tilting the scales of justice. Fair-minded voters must not let Fox get away with information murder. Democracy cannot function if voters are making choices based on a campaign of lies. On the other hand as comedian John Cleese chose to put it. “You see, if you’re very, very stupid, how can you possibly realize that you’re very, very stupid? You’d have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.