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    Fox News makes you dumber

    http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2012/confirmed/final.pdf

    Want to know less and be less accurate when answering questions about the current state of the world? Watch Fox.
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    I surf over to foxnews occasionally when I want to see what thinly veiled racist phrases are currently in vogue with the fox folks on their comment section.

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    That's why Fox is number one.... they make us dumber. Propaganda.

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    Must therefore be the dumbing of a nation since it is such an immensly popular and watched network while those networks that 'make you smarter' are loosing audience. Maybe by your definition of smart/dumb, many prefer to be dumb. Call it what you like everyone obviously does not agree and they will continue to watch what they choose to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmodavis View Post
    Must therefore be the dumbing of a nation since it is such an immensly popular and watched network while those networks that 'make you smarter' are loosing audience. Maybe by your definition of smart/dumb, many prefer to be dumb. Call it what you like everyone obviously does not agree and they will continue to watch what they choose to.
    Who are they loosing their audiences upon?

    Regardless of whether you agree or not, this is not the first such study to show a strong correlation between fox news and being under informed. One can draw the conclusion that either Fox leads to you being dumb, or that dumb people like Fox. Either way, it's not a pretty picture, especially if it is your only source of news.
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    Rush, Fox, and Drudge.....man, nobody even comes close.

    “We expect that watching the news should help people learn, but the most popular of the national media sources – Fox, CNN, MSNBC – seem to be the least informative.”
    Funny how you isolate Fox News....nice try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC for ME View Post
    Rush, Fox, and Drudge.....man, nobody even comes close.

    Funny how you isolate Fox News....nice try.

    ....NEXT!!!
    If you read the paper, you find that, for international issues, a person who uses Fox or MSNBC is worse than someone who listens to "no news" while someone watching "the daily show" or listening to NPR are much better informed. For domestic news, Fox is the only news source associated with people being less informed than someone who watches no news at all! NPR still tops the list, but what's really sad is how bad the numbers are, overall.
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    They're apparently too "dumb" to doctor recordings... unlike MSNBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deanimator View Post
    They're apparently too "dumb" to doctor recordings... unlike MSNBC.
    Which is the second-lowest scoring news source. They're both bad, Fox just manages to be a bit worse (or attracts dumber viewers).

    The Daily Show did quite well, probably because of this:
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    Who is it that OWNS Fox? oh! oh! oh! I know! I know! Rupert Murdoch, thats it! An Aussie is he not? the things that make you go Hmmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
    Which is the second-lowest scoring news source. They're both bad, Fox just manages to be a bit worse (or attracts dumber viewers).

    The Daily Show did quite well, probably because of this:


    Thats the problem with America now. The Daily Show is not a creditable news source. It's a comedy show hosted by an admited socialist. Ask all of the occupy people though, they will Quote Stewart, word for word.

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    The best thing on Fox is Stossel and he is on FBN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
    If you read the paper, you find that, for international issues, a person who uses Fox or MSNBC is worse than someone who listens to "no news" while someone watching "the daily show" or listening to NPR are much better informed. For domestic news, Fox is the only news source associated with people being less informed than someone who watches no news at all! NPR still tops the list, but what's really sad is how bad the numbers are, overall.
    I don't watch any of the national news shows....shows. I watch CNBC....working to be a 1%er.

    Though, I do vistit the UK news sites to get the truth about American politics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalman383 View Post
    Thats the problem with America now. The Daily Show is not a creditable news source. It's a comedy show hosted by an admited socialist. Ask all of the occupy people though, they will Quote Stewart, word for word.
    Kinda like so-called "tea party" types quoting Limbaugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beretta92FSLady View Post
    Kinda like so-called "tea party" types quoting Limbaugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalman383 View Post
    I have read enough of your posts to know, that sparring with you will put me on a level of agitation, that I am not ready for today. You win!!
    Don't get all worked-up. Let's just have fun.
    I don't mind watching the OC-Community (tea party 2.0's, who have hijacked the OC-Community) cannibalize itself. I do mind watching OC dragged through the gutter. OC is an exercise of A Right. I choose to not OC; I choose to not own firearms. I choose to leave the OC-Community to it's own self-inflicted injuries, and eventual implosion. Carry on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalman383 View Post
    Thats the problem with America now. The Daily Show is not a creditable news source. It's a comedy show hosted by an admited socialist. Ask all of the occupy people though, they will Quote Stewart, word for word.
    You know what the difference is between Stewart and Fox? The former admits to being a comedian, and doesn't try to be a valuable news source. The latter claims to be a valuable news source, and doesn't claim to be full of comedians.

    Yet despite that, The Daily Show manages to fit more truth and actual news into its comedy program than Fox does in an entire day of broadcasting. Part of that comes from Stewart's agenda being comedy, not politics, despite your hysterical claims of "socialist."
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    I feel like I have been raped and called names....

    I'm really dumb for watching some of the shows on Fox then. I don't watch or like all the shows but I do like some of them; and as far as the news goes I can watch any station I just don't believe 100% of what any of them say.

    Most of the shows on fox don't claim to be news shows, O'Rielly, Hannity, and others don't claim to be NEWS but are entertainment bits and actually tell you that. If you are dumb enough to believe everything someone tells you then your life will be pretty interesting.

    I like to make my own mind up.

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    I watch them all

    I watch them all, but I form my own opinion....

    You cannot base your belief's on a TV show.....have the balls to do it on your own!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoobee View Post
    Exposure to Tawnos also makes you dumber, apparently.

    Both ends of these extremes, Fox on one side and MSNBC on the other, is a problem.

    I like BBC and PBS for both sides of the story.

    Tawnos if you are going to quote somebody make sure you quote the whole quote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tawnos
    If you read the paper, you find that, for international issues, a person who uses Fox or MSNBC is worse than someone who listens to "no news" while someone watching "the daily show" or listening to NPR are much better informed. For domestic news, Fox is the only news source associated with people being less informed than someone who watches no news at all! NPR still tops the list, but what's really sad is how bad the numbers are, overall.
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    People watch American news? That's depressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalman383 View Post
    Thats the problem with America now. The Daily Show is not a creditable news source. It's a comedy show hosted by an admited socialist. Ask all of the occupy people though, they will Quote Stewart, word for word.

    And let's not forget that John Stewart's brother is the NYSE Chief Operating Office Larry Leibowitz.

    "John Stewart's" real name is Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.

    Seems Stewart has several things in common with the current president--multiple names and hidden familial ties to the "monied elite"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
    You know what the difference is between Stewart and Fox? The former admits to being a comedian, and doesn't try to be a valuable news source. The latter claims to be a valuable news source, and doesn't claim to be full of comedians.

    Yet despite that, The Daily Show manages to fit more truth and actual news into its comedy program than Fox does in an entire day of broadcasting. Part of that comes from Stewart's agenda being comedy, not politics, despite your hysterical claims of "socialist."
    um, bs. Stewart is as truthful as a politician trying to get elected, which is why I had to stop watching him. Fox has gone down when they replaced Beck with the five idiots, when I watch them on occasion I feel dumber.

    Oh how I wish I had FBN so I could get Stossel and Napolitano regularly....
    Don't believe any facts that I say! This is the internet and it is filled with lies and untruth. I invite you to look up for yourself the basic facts that my arguments might be based upon. This way we can have a discussion where logic and hints on where to find information are what is brought to the forum and people look up and verify facts for themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylen View Post
    um, bs. Stewart is as truthful as a politician trying to get elected, which is why I had to stop watching him. Fox has gone down when they replaced Beck with the five idiots, when I watch them on occasion I feel dumber.

    Oh how I wish I had FBN so I could get Stossel and Napolitano regularly....
    If that's true, why do the numbers say otherwise? Why are people who turn to fox serially misinformed, while those who get most of their news from a comedy program are better informed than most viewers?!
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    Whatever, a bunch of leftist "intellectuals" compile a study, without any bias at all mind you, that exposes the highest rated "news" station (with the best looking women mind you) as having the most "uninformed" audience. Give me a break. The stupidest people I've ever talked to are all libs who don't watch anything but CNN if they watch anything. These are people who know more about the Kardsashians than they know about the Clintons (if they even know who they are).

    The reason why Fox and Stewart have the highest ratings? They're entertaining. Stewart at least has some libertarian sympathy, and Fox isn't up obozo's ass. Everything else would be a joke if it was even funny, but it's all pathetic agitprop for an anti-american agenda. Whether the left likes it or not, most people like to feel good about themselves and what they're connected too. Leftist "news" outlets go out of their way to make us feel bad about our standard of living. Fox makes liberals feel bad by showing them what miserable sniveling bed wetting parasitic sociopaths they really are.
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