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  •  When you're FOXIFIED, you become STUPID. - n/t (8+ / 0-)
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      Study Confirms That Fox News Makes You Stupid

      Yet another study has been released proving that watching Fox News is detrimental to your intelligence. World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.
      Ref. link:http://www.alternet.org/...
      •  That study only showed correlation. (1+ / 0-)
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        They didn't start from a population of people, separate them randomly into control and experimental group, and then make the experimental group only watch Fox News.  THAT could have proven that watching Fox makes you ignorant.  What they did was take people who reported that they happen to have chosen to get their news from Fox News in the past (prior to the study), and then they looked at how those people performed on a test to see if they were more or less ignorant than people who don't watch news at all (again, self reported).

        So it showed a correlation between Fox News and ignorance.  The cause-effect relationship could very easily go in the opposite direction.

        Fox News selects for ignorant viewers but it doesn't necessarily cause them.  Non-ignorant viewers are just so offended by Fox News's dishonesty that they tend not to become regular Fox News viewers.  Being non ignorant viewers, they can detect the dishonesty by comparing what Fox News says to the facts in their well informed brains, an exercise the ignorant viewer can't do.

        In other words, it's not "you watch Fox News and therefore become ignorant".  It's "You're ignorant and therefore watch Fox News."

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