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'Fox viewers more likely to believe false stories'
Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:15PM
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A new study by the University of Maryland has demonstrated that viewers of the Fox News television channel are much more likely than others to believe in concocted stories about U.S. politics.


According to reports, the study involved a poll of 616 self-reported voters in the week after the 2010 midterm election. The voters were asked where they get their news from, and then asked about a number of verifiable facts. 



The study judged how likely consumers of various news outlets and publications were to believe misinformation about a wide range of political issues. Overall, 90% of respondents said they felt they had heard false information being given to them during the 2010 election campaign. However, while consumers of just about every news outlet believed some information that was false, the study found that Fox News viewers, regardless of political information, were "significantly more likely" to believe. Huffington Post


20% of voters believe that the troop levels in Afghanistan have gone down under President Obama. Another 23% believe troop levels have stayed the same. In 2008 there were approximately 33,000 troops in Afghanistan. In November of 2010 there were 90,000 troops in Afghanistan. Examiner


Voters were asked whether the TARP program, otherwise known as the bailout, was started under President Bush or President Obama. Over 40% of respondents said President Obama started TARP even though TARP was signed into law by President Bush on October 3rd of 2008. This sort of misinformation within the American electorate shows up again, and again, and again in crucial areas of public policy. Examiner


Of those who said they watched Fox News "almost every day," a whopping 60 percent believed, incorrectly, that "most scientists think climate change is not occurring" or that "views are divided evenly." Media Matters


The study's authors continued, "These effects increased incrementally with increasing levels of exposure and all were statistically significant. The effect was also not simply a function of partisan bias, as people who voted Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to have such misinformation than those who did not watch it - though by a lesser margin than those who voted Republican." Blogs NY Times


Asked for comment on the study, Fox News seemingly dismissed the findings. In a statement, Michael Clemente, who is the senior vice president of news editorial for the network, said: "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." Blogs NY Times



News Corporation is a worldwide mass media conglomerate with major assets. News Corp. owns Fox News Channel (FNC), a major television network. Despite their motto to be "fair and balanced", they have been seen using creative editing among other forms of disinformation propaganda to further a narrow ideological platform.


Another popular method of disinformation is known as anchor doping, which is a method of constructing an opinion panel containing conservative commentators who outnumber a pseudo-liberal commentator that intentionally takes a weak stance so as to smear any liberal viewpoints.


A 2003 University of Maryland study also found that people who primarily watched Fox News Channel were more likely to hold misperceptions about the Iraq War.


Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox) is an American television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. FOX was launched on October 9, 1986.


Critics of Fox News Channel have accused the network of having a bias favoring the political right and the Republican Party.




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