I’m always wary when reading a polarized source, period. This was no different. I first went to the poll, and found the sample size: 848. Of this, the polling was fragmented on new sources, and not just 2 or 3, but several. The next, I read their methodology and questions. One belief by the poll was that the Healthcare Reform plan that was signed into law has been found by the CBO to reduce the deficit. The CBO has since, and prior to the poll’s release, changed this stance and shown the bill to accumulate around 1 trillion in debt. This had labelled Fox News viewers to be misinformed, when in fact they were the most informed. Additionally, the study also points out that MSNBC and NPR/PBS viewers were also more misinformed than viewers of other options as well. I had to wonder why that never made that to the HuffPo’s story… and then I realized, wait for it, many of their readers are MISINFORMED. But why? Like Fox or MSNBC, they cater to an end of the political spectrum, and weave opinion in with information but spin it to seam as fact.
Kindly point me to the CBO study that shows the trillion dollar deficit. Sound suspiciously Fox-like to me…
Here’s another review of the U. of Maryland study:
The most controversial part of the study comes at the end. MSNBC and NPR audiences were found to be least misinformed on the basic questions of fact. The study points to Fox News as the chief misinformer among the three major cable news outlets. The following is a list of instances in which Fox News viewers were more likely to be misinformed on a given issue:
most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely)
most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points)
the economy is getting worse (26 points)
most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points)
the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points)
their own income taxes have gone up (14 points)
the auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points)
when TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points)
and that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points)
Even more revealing, people who watched Fox News multiple times a day or everyday were found to be more misinformed than those who just watched Fox News occasionally. Among those who watched Fox News almost every day:
– 72% believe the economy is getting worse.
– 49% believe their taxes have gone up under President Obama.
– 63% believe the stimulus did not create any tax cuts.
– 47% believe that TARP was passed into law and signed by President Obama.
Some critics of the study might argue that the researchers were bias in determining what responses were “true” or “false.” In their defense, the researchers stated they used objective sources, such as The Wall Street Journal survey of economists, in order to determine the veracity of various claims. The Wall Street Journal is actually considered a more conservative newspaper.
Worse, Fox fans are generally too-blinded to know that there is a difference between fact and opinion.
The difference between a journalist and a commentator is nil in the minds of several of my friends. Glenn Beck, who makes up half of what he says while he’s babbling, has the same inherent credibility as a reporter … and then they accept Beck over reporters because the reporters are supposedly biased.
And Beck isn’t …
I don’t get it, but I know enough to know that this scares me about the future of our country.
Not Fox-ish. It was NBC that first broke the news on the fuzzy math — numbers counted twice or not at all by the administration. I did misquote on the trillion (it’s in the billions), as I misread the original article. The cost estimate by the CBO jumped to well over a trillion dollars including all of the provisions of the bill which they hadn’t been able to calculate when they first released the news that the administration ran with. It was sort of like when Bush claimed that we should invade Iraq because they’d used WMDs on their people… even though they had newer information that changed that picture. This was the same. Unfortunately, including on this blog, most people are unaware that the CBO revised sharply upward their cost estimates on the bill due to the administrative costs of implementing the bill, and still admits it could go higher still due to discretionary spending. I’ll give Fox and their fans a pass on that one.
I don’t think anyone with an IQ thinks of Beck as a reporter. Fox has a trifecta of opinionators — Beck, Hannity, and O’Reilly, which is offset by MSNBC’s Maddow, Matthews, and Obermann. Many on the left don’t see the bias at MSNBC, just as many on the right don’t see it from Fox. It’s their respective business models.
Beck’s falsehoods, working off the top of my head, in no particular order:
– He accused George Soros of being a Nazi collaborator.
– He derides Jim Wallis as, literally and in these words, a “servant of Satan” for working toward social justice.
– In his book, “Arguing with Idiots,” he refers to Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution as a fee for immigration, referring to how far we’ve come in abandoning the significance of coming to the US.
That section refers to an import tariff on slaves.
– Dan Barton, his favorite historian, is discredited in the historical community and can’t get published in peer-reviewed journals because of his rampant inaccuracy.
– He recently accused George Soros of threatening to kill him. It’s really laughable … were Soros as evil and powerful as Beck claims, then something would happen, either a physical assassination of some kind of discrediting. Retouched pictures of him shooting up, an alleged mistress, severed brake cables, etc..
– In reference to the firing of Juan Williams from NPR, he has stated plainly that Williams was fired for appearing on Fox. Unlikely, given that Williams worked for Fox before being hired by NPR. He simply ignores NPR’s side of the story, which is not hard to find — NPR gave the story a lot of air time in discussion, including Williams coming onto the Diane Rehm show.
– He has referred to Pres. Obama really being after reparations for slavery.
– Need I mention his “deep-seated hatred of white people” bit?
– He has half-heartedly backed the FEMA camp nonsense, saying that he’s unable to debunk it.
… and on, and on, and on …
While it would be nice if people didn’t think of Beck as a reporter, they exist. And it’s how he presents himself. He claims to be informing and digging up information. His “insider extreme” is supposed to offer better education than going to college, he says.
That isn’t mere comment. That’s well into reporting.
This comparison is lopsided, as the latter use actual facts on which to base their opinions. Although I will admit that I’ve seen Matthews go over the top into the stratosphere a time or two, but to the detriment of the liberal agenda. Like the time he endlessly replayed Howard Dean’s “scream,” which was in actuality Dean speaking excitedly to a very loud, excited crowd. I believe that cost Dean the nomination.