As Gomer Pyle would say: Surrprsie, Surrprise, Surrprise.
Another study has concluded that people who only watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers.
Researchers at Farleigh Dickinson University updated a study they had conducted in late 2011….
The pollsters found that people were usually able to answer 1.8 out of 4 questions on foreign news, and 1.6 of 5 questions on domestic news, and that people who don’t watch any news were able to get 1.22 of the questions on domestic policy right.
As the study explained, though, people who watched only Fox News fared worse:
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; viewers of Sunday morning talk shows fare similarly well. And people watching only The Daily Show with Jon Stewart could answer about 1.42 questions correctly.
Wait just a fukkin minute. While it comes as no surprise that people who watch Fux News are less informed than those who derive their news from other sources, how to explain that those who do rely on the mighty Ailes-Murdoch Propaganda Wurtlitzer for their understanding of the world, score “significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all“?
That’s freaky Twilight Zone stuff, like reversing the arrow of time and causality itself.
Devolution: Thy name is Fox News.