Study confirms that Fox News makes you stupid


Yet another study has been released that proves that watching Fox News is detrimental to your intelligence. World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.

So the more you watch, the less you know. Or to be precise, the more you think you know that is actually false…

In eight of the nine questions below, Fox News placed first in the percentage of those who were misinformed (they placed second in the question on TARP). That’s a pretty high batting average for journalistic fraud:

91% believe that the stimulus legislation lost jobs.

72% believe that the health reform law will increase the deficit.

72% believe that the economy is getting worse.

60% believe that climate change is not occurring.

49% believe that income taxes have gone up.

63% believe that the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts.

56% believe that Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout.

38% believe that most Republicans opposed TARP.

63% believe that Obama was not born in the US (or that it is unclear)…

This is not an isolated review of Fox’s performance. It has been corroborated time and time again. The fact that Fox News is so blatantly dishonest, and the effects of that dishonesty have become ingrained in an electorate that has been been purposefully deceived, needs to be made known to every American. Our democracy cannot function if voters are making choices based on lies

Madison Avenue hucksters have proved for decades that Americans are conditioned to believe almost anything presented to them as fact, as desirable, as having qualities of holy goodness. You can start with Chesterfield cigarettes having “Not a cough in a carload!” — and top it off with The Bush/Cheney campaign against weapons of mass destruction requiring our invasion of Iraq and the death of hundreds of thousands of civilians in the name of American Homeland Security.

22 thoughts on “Study confirms that Fox News makes you stupid

  1. moss says:

    CNN has to be a close second. They can’t even spell ideology. CNN’s idea of questioning a guest is dumb questions, not leading questions.

  2. æˈbɛɹ.n̩t says:

    “It’s amazing, the things you can get used to, that can come to seem normal. In America, it has come to seem normal that a major news organization functions as the propaganda arm of an extremist political ideology, that it spews a constant stream of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, paranoia and manufactured outrage, and that it does so with brazen disregard for what is factual, what is right, what is fair, what is balanced — virtues that are supposed to be the sine qua non of anything calling itself a newsroom.
    If you live with aberrance long enough, you can forget it’s aberrance. You can forget that facts matter, that logic is important, that science is critical, that he who speaks claptrap loudly still speaks claptrap — and that claptrap has no place in reasoned and informed debate. Sometimes, it takes someone from outside to hold up a mirror and allow you to see more clearly what you have grown accustomed to.”
    “Why serious people discount Fox News”

  3. Cut&Run says:

    “A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues.
    “Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” wrote Ralph Peters, a Fox News “strategic analyst.”
    “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed,” he wrote.”
    Entire email @

    • Edward R. says:

      Behind the scenes: Fox News analyst’s stunning note hit network ‘like a bombshell’
      In October, “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace told the Associated Press he was bothered by how some of his colleagues on the opinion side of the network used their platforms to attack the media. And Shepard Smith, the chief news anchor at Fox News, was critical of the Fox News opinion bloc in a story published last week.
      Smith’s comments last week prompted Sean Hannity, the face of the Fox News prime time lineup, to publicly skewer him in a tweet. Hannity said Smith was “clueless” about what Hannity does on his show each night. Laura Ingraham, the latest addition to the Fox News lineup, added fuel to the fire, tweeting that she thought Smith’s comments were “inconsiderate & inaccurate.”

  4. MAGA® says:

    “Fox News apologized Tuesday after receiving a torrent of criticism over the network’s use of photos of various players for the Philadelphia Eagles kneeling in prayer, creating the misleading impression that they were demonstrating during the national anthem.
    The photos ran during a segment on Monday night, after President Trump announced that he had uninvited the reigning Super Bowl champions from a traditional visit to the White House.
    As Fox News anchor Shannon Bream explained Trump’s decision, which he attributed to the anthem protests that have roiled the league, photos of Eagles players kneeling in prayer were shown on screen.”

  5. Tweety Pie says:

    July 3, 2018: 8:06 PM ET: “President Donald Trump appeared to rely on a dubious Fox News report Tuesday morning to unleash an attack on his predecessor, accusing President Barack Obama, without any real evidence, of granting citizenship to 2,500 Iranians as part of nuclear deal negotiations.” “The unsubstantiated claim first gained attention with a Monday story on Fox News’ website that relied on the word of an Iranian cleric who is also a member of the country’s parliament. The claims were also shared on Twitter by Fox News host Sean Hannity and frequent Fox guests David Clarke and Charlie Kirk.
    Jake Sullivan, a former Obama official who was involved at the start of the Iran nuclear negotiations, also skewered Trump for relying on Fox News’ thin report to make what he called a “completely false” claim.
    “What is interesting about this is that what happened is a hardline crank in Iran just randomly made this comment, Fox News writes a story on it, and then Trump tweets it,” Sullivan said on “The Situation Room.”
    “He had every opportunity to call people in his own Department of Homeland Security and State Department to ask whether or not this was true. And they would have told him it wasn’t,” Sullivan added. “Instead, he relies on Fox News. And the scary thing is that he’s increasingly relying on sources like Fox News to get his intelligence rather than the professionals in his own government.”

  6. HAR says:

    “The bitter, long-brewing war between Fox News and former Fox host Kimberly Guilfoyle has taken a very public detour into territory strangely familiar for the conservative media behemoth: hotly disputed dick-pic allegations.” “The Fox News headquarters in New York City has a reputation in the cable-news business as a workplace where intense backbiting, palace intrigue, and high-profile feuds run rampant—a work environment resembling that of President Donald Trump’s administration. Fox has become, of course, a powerful and influential ally for the Trump administration and the Trump family. Trump Jr., who Guilfoyle is currently dating, has appeared numerous times on the network’s programs.”

  7. I are confuseded says:

    Second Fox News reporter leaves amid objections to network : In the Trump era, hard reporting is being crowded out by opinionated panels, current and former staffers say. (Politico 8/23/18) Another on-air reporter is leaving Fox News over frustrations with the direction and tone of the network, the second in the last three weeks to defect for those reasons. “People are losing their minds,” one current Fox News personality said, adding that reporters have relayed in conversation that the climate for them is worse than ever before.
    …“Many Fox News employees I talked to would jump at an opportunity to leave if there was one, just out of frustration,” the former employee said. “There is a frustration with being tied to the Trump administration. At the end of the day, journalists want to report facts.”

  8. End Time says:

    New York (CNN) Fox News journalists were outraged and disgusted after Sean Hannity, the network’s star host, campaigned with President Donald Trump on Monday night ahead of the midterm elections, more than half a dozen employees told CNN Business.
    “People throughout the company think a new line was crossed,” one senior Fox News employee told CNN Business on Tuesday.
    (The Hill) Fox News says it “does not condone” its hosts “participating in campaign events” as Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro did during a campaign rally with President Trump in Missouri on Monday night.
    A network spokesperson on Tuesday called the event “an unfortunate distraction” that “has been addressed.”
    “FOX News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events,” read a statement to The Hill. “We have an extraordinary team of journalists helming our coverage tonight and we are extremely proud of their work. This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.”
    (Slate) On the morning of Election Day, Fox News viewers were treated to an Eric-and-Lara [Trump] twofer, with Eric appearing live on Fox & Friends around 8:30 a.m. and Lara guesting on America’s Newsroom a few hours later. Who wore it better? Let’s find out!

  9. Flibberty-gibbet says:

    Fox News Roasted After Graphic Refers To ‘3 Mexican Countries’ : “Fox & Friends” appeared to struggle with geography while discussing Trump’s plan to cut aid to Central America.
    Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday grilled top White House aide Kellyanne Conway over President Donald Trump’s repeated false claims that he was totally exonerated by special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Wallace, noting that Mueller had not cleared Trump on the question of obstruction, asked Conway, “Why is the president telling Americans something that is not true?”

  10. Ahab says:

    President Trump slammed Fox News and its reporting in a series of tweets Sunday evening, claiming the conservative-leaning network is “changing fast” and forgetting “the people who got them there.”
    “Watching @FoxNews weekend anchors is worse than watching low ratings Fake News @CNN, or Lyin’ Brian Williams,” the president said.
    “But @FoxNews, who failed in getting the very BORING Dem debates, is now loading up with Democrats & even using Fake unsourced @nytimes as a ‘source’ of information (ask the Times what they paid for the Boston Globe, & what they sold it for (lost 1.5 Billion Dollars), or their old headquarters building disaster, or their unfunded liability? @FoxNews is changing fast, but they forgot the people who got them there!”

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