Knowledge fox news viewers dumber

Published on May 24th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


NPR’s Listeners Best Informed, Fox’s Not-Surprisingly Least Knowledgeable News Junkies

fox news viewers dumber

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.




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Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

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