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At last! Scientific proof we can wrap our minds around.
Here, straight from reporter Eoin O’Carroll at the Christian Science Monitor, are the results of a survey of Americans who derive their information from a variety of news sources—
American voters were quizzed on their knowledge of issues and facts raised in the 2010 midterm elections, in a survey by World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.
Respondents were also asked where they get their news from: Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, newspapers, network TV news, public broadcasting.
The survey found that "substantial levels of misinformation were present in the daily consumers of all news sources." But Fox News viewers were significantly more likely to be misinformed than those who get their news from other sources. And, greater exposure to Fox News increased the degree to which viewers were misinformed.
This is not simply a matter of partisan bias. People who vote Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to be misinformed than those who did not watch it – though by a lesser margin than those who vote Republican. Those who got their news from NPR, CNN, or MSNBC were better informed on most – but not all – of the issues in the survey.
So there you have it! Watching Faux Noise leads directly to brain rot. Of course the batshitters will just file this information in the same drawer where the keep info on global warming…
4:39 PM PT: Oops—I forgot to include a link to the actual article. Here it is, and you also get to take the same news-savviness quiz yourself and see how you measure up.