Published on May 24th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
NPR’s Listeners Best Informed, Fox’s Not-Surprisingly Least Knowledgeable News Junkies
When it comes to facts, Fox News listeners are low on them- but everyone knows that facts come from universities, institutions that have a well-known liberal bias.
In contrast, National Public Radio (NPR) listeners are far more knowledgeable and news-literate, according to a study out of Fairleigh Dickinson’s PublicMind. Poynter quotes the rather telling research, noting that- and this is crucial- Fox News viewers are actually worse off answering questions about domestic issues than people who watch no news at all.
Yes. If you watch Fox News, you actually literally become less intelligent because of it:
“The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all.”
The quote continues:
“On the other hand, if they listened only to NPR, they would be expected to answer 1.51 questions correctly; viewers of Sunday morning talk shows fare similarly well. And people watching only The Daily Show with Jon Stewart could answer about 1.42 questions correctly.”
You can read the entire report here, and the chart below stacks Fox viewers against those who obtain news from other sources like NPR.