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The more you watch Fox News, the more likely you are to be misinformed- well- that’s according to a new study from the University of Maryland. The reactions to this one are less-than-shocking- liberal bloggers rejoiced, while the more conservative crowd said “whatever.”
 
The study found- those who watch Fox “are more likely to believe incorrect information on the economy, climate change and whether or not U.S. President Barack Obama was born in America.”

The New York Times asked Michael Clemente
, Fox’ senior vice president of news editorial- for comment. The Times reports, Clemente brushed off the findings.
 
“The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland among the top schools for having ‘Students Who Study The Least’ and being the ‘Best Party School’ – given these fine academic distinctions, we’ll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was ‘researched’ with.”


Just for the record- the Review ranked Maryland among the “Best Northeastern Colleges” and it was number 19 on its list of “Best Party Schools.”
 
Ari Rabin- Havt of Media Matters says, this was an opportunity for Fox to clarify some of the issues its viewers are confused about. Instead- Fox came out swinging.
 
ARI RABIN-HAVT (Media Matters): “He had the opportunity to say ‘This study was wrong. Here’s how it was flawed. The questions they asked.’… But instead, he decides to attack the study. That’s not what a journalist does. That’s what a political institution does. And this is further proof that Fox isn’t news, it’s a political operation. Their executives behave like the spokesperson for a campaign.”


But most news outlets that ran this story pointed out- Fox was the worst offender of spreading misinformation, but it wasn’t the only offender. The Wrap reports..

“ Daily consumers of MSNBC and public broadcasting…were higher…in believing that it was proven that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was spending money raised from foreign sources to support Republican candidates.”

So is it all Fox’s fault? One liberal blogger says, it’s a chicken and egg thing.
 
“… does watching it produce so much misinformation or were the people who watch it frequently...swallowing whole everything that is fed to them, deeply misinformed to begin with?”


The Salon’s Dan Gillmor isn’t a fan of Fox- calling its slogan “fair and balanced” quote “two lies in three words.” But Gillmor claims- ragging on Fox isn’t going to fix the bigger problem of across-the-board media bias.
 
“… it's counterproductive, not to mention wrong, to call Fox viewers ‘stupid,’…Watching Fox doesn't make anyone stupid, even if it does tend to make viewers less informed about reality. Insulting people will never help persuade them, and tends to harden their belief that they're right in the first place.”

 

According to a 2009 Pew study- the public perception of the accuracy of news stories is at its lowest level in more than two decades- and that’s not just Fox.
 
 
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Study: Fox News Viewers Most Misinformed

(Image source: Fox News)

 

BY MALLORY PERRYMAN

 

You're watching multisource business news from Newsy


The more you watch Fox News, the more likely you are to be misinformed- well- that’s according to a new study from the University of Maryland. The reactions to this one are less-than-shocking- liberal bloggers rejoiced, while the more conservative crowd said “whatever.”
 
The study found- those who watch Fox “are more likely to believe incorrect information on the economy, climate change and whether or not U.S. President Barack Obama was born in America.”

The New York Times asked Michael Clemente
, Fox’ senior vice president of news editorial- for comment. The Times reports, Clemente brushed off the findings.
 
“The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland among the top schools for having ‘Students Who Study The Least’ and being the ‘Best Party School’ – given these fine academic distinctions, we’ll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was ‘researched’ with.”


Just for the record- the Review ranked Maryland among the “Best Northeastern Colleges” and it was number 19 on its list of “Best Party Schools.”
 
Ari Rabin- Havt of Media Matters says, this was an opportunity for Fox to clarify some of the issues its viewers are confused about. Instead- Fox came out swinging.
 
ARI RABIN-HAVT (Media Matters): “He had the opportunity to say ‘This study was wrong. Here’s how it was flawed. The questions they asked.’… But instead, he decides to attack the study. That’s not what a journalist does. That’s what a political institution does. And this is further proof that Fox isn’t news, it’s a political operation. Their executives behave like the spokesperson for a campaign.”


But most news outlets that ran this story pointed out- Fox was the worst offender of spreading misinformation, but it wasn’t the only offender. The Wrap reports..

“ Daily consumers of MSNBC and public broadcasting…were higher…in believing that it was proven that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was spending money raised from foreign sources to support Republican candidates.”

So is it all Fox’s fault? One liberal blogger says, it’s a chicken and egg thing.
 
“… does watching it produce so much misinformation or were the people who watch it frequently...swallowing whole everything that is fed to them, deeply misinformed to begin with?”


The Salon’s Dan Gillmor isn’t a fan of Fox- calling its slogan “fair and balanced” quote “two lies in three words.” But Gillmor claims- ragging on Fox isn’t going to fix the bigger problem of across-the-board media bias.
 
“… it's counterproductive, not to mention wrong, to call Fox viewers ‘stupid,’…Watching Fox doesn't make anyone stupid, even if it does tend to make viewers less informed about reality. Insulting people will never help persuade them, and tends to harden their belief that they're right in the first place.”

 

According to a 2009 Pew study- the public perception of the accuracy of news stories is at its lowest level in more than two decades- and that’s not just Fox.
 
 
Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy

 

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