Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
I blame all of 24/7 cable TV for this, really. I had to wait for a repairman to show up the other day and had the opportunity (misfortune) to channel surf through some daytime TV programming, something I never do. Oh my God! I could literally feel brain cells being destroyed. Turn it off, turn it off!
Let's say you decided to make a little fort out of your couch cushions, crawl inside, and just stay there. No television, no newspapers, no contact with the outside world whatsoever.
You'd still know more about the world than if you watched FAUX News Fraudcasting.
So writes Hunter at Daily Kos. Another study says watching Fox News makes you dumber:
I've lost count of how many of these studies have been done at this point, but I guess it's time to add another one to the pile. Watching Fox News makes you less informed about events than not watching any news at all.
According to a new study by Farleigh Dickinson University, Fox viewers are the least knowledgeable audience of any outlet, and they know even less about politics and current events than people who watch no news at all.
Respondents to the survey were able to answer correctly an average of 1.8 of 4 questions about international news and 1.6 out of 5 questions about domestic affairs. “Based on these results, people who don’t watch any news at all are expected to answer correctly on average 1.22 of the questions about domestic politics, just by guessing or relying on existing basic knowledge,” said Dan Cassino, the poll’s analyst.
“The study concludes that media sources have a significant impact on the number of questions that people were able to answer correctly,” wrote Cassino and his colleagues. “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. On the other hand, if they listened only to NPR, they would be expected to answer 1.51 questions correctly.”
Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes have created a fact-free alternate reality conservative media news bubble in which the willfully ignorant and dangerously misinformed live. It is how the conservative media noise machine and the irresponsible "mainstream" media that follows the lead of "manufactured outrage of the day" in the conservative media are destroying our democracy, which relies on the "informed" consent of the governed. I hope there is a special place in hell for the media.