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  • majac_op majac_op Jun 2, 2014 3:01 PM Flag

    Survey: NPR’s listeners best-informed, Fox viewers worst-informed

    Fairleigh Dickenson University poll confirms what numerous other polls have found: Fox viewers are the most uninformed viewers in the country.

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    • Soooo ... you believe in these polls huh .. read and weep -- don't get depressed, Democrats were found to know more about Snooki, Kim Kardashian and how to get food stamps while selling dope

      "A Yale University professor conducted a cross-analysis of intelligence and political affiliation, expecting to find that people who identified with the tea party knew less about science than the average person.

      Instead, he discovered the opposite: tea party members have higher than average rates of scientific comprehension.

      That may come as no surprise to members of the movement, which champions limited government and the Constitution. But what will shock tea partiers is this: Not only did the professor publicize the results, but he readily admitted that he had changed his pre-conceived notions about his political opponents.

      Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology at Yale, took a data point that he described as “scientific comprehension” and cross-referenced it with different political affiliations. He found that in general, Democrats and liberals scored better than Republicans and conservatives. However, when he limited his analysis to people who self-identify with the Tea Party, he found them to be highly knowledgeable about science.

      “Identifying with the Tea Party correlates positively … with scores on the science comprehension measure,” he wrote.

      Kahan readily admitted that this result contradicted his expectations — he assumed that Tea Party members would score manifestly worst on measures of scientific knowledge.

      “I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising,” he wrote. “As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension.”

      Kahan also admitted that his pre-conceived notions about the Tea Party were based on what he heard from liberal media sources, such as MSNBC, the Huffington Post and the New York Time

    • Pole is Fairleigh skewed.

    • Informed people make an attempt to fact check and verify information using unbiased/independent sources like Pew and Politifact. Uninformed people post information that has been shown to be 100% false.

    • Politifact investigated same nonsense when claimed by Jon Stewart it was deemed 100% FALSE. Stewart retracted his claim and apologized.

      Are Fox News Viewers Least Informed?
      James Joyner

      Jon Stewart told Chris Wallace that Fox News viewers are consistently the least informed. It’s actually not true.

      PolitFact looks at a number of surveys on the subject and finds that Fox viewers do relatively well–indeed, Fox outperforms CNN and MSNBC–although not nearly as well as viewers of the Daily Show or listeners to Rush Limbaugh. But this is an artifact of selection bias, not the information quality of the programs.

      We asked Michael Dimock, Pew’s associate director for research, what he thought Pew’s data meant for Stewart’s claim. He said it’s crucial to understand that different news sources appeal to different types of people — and that highly political programming of any type attracts regular readers and viewers “who are, most likely, already highly knowledgeable prior to their exposure to those particular sources. Separating what knowledge they bring with them from what they learn while reading or watching is virtually impossible.”

      By contrast, Dimock said, for media outlets with a much broader reach — including Fox — “the average regular consumer of these sources is less informed than the more niche audiences, because these sources, by design, reach and appeal to a broader cross-section of the public. In most of our studies, the regular readers and viewers of these broad-based news sources are not significantly more or less informed than the average American, and there is no systematic pattern showing one broad-based source has a more knowledgeable audience than any other.”

      Presumably, Stewart was basing his survey on a December study by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland. But David Zurawik correctly points out that the questions were absurdly biased and, indeed, sometimes treated liberal opinion as fact.

    • NPR for the first time interviewed a retired General concerning the 2nd VA debacle under Obama. He recommended a firing and Obama's continued inept policies on all fronts. But until then NPR is funded by the debt mounting on the shoulders of the next two generations. Their continued funding is a farce since NPR has been a profitable business not needed tax dollars. Its a bit like the US Postal Service but not profitable tax dollars paying for votes.

    • sdmiller4747@sbcglobal.net sdmiller4747 Jun 2, 2014 9:50 PM Flag

      That's not entirely true. NPRs listeners are also brainwashed by progressive half-truths. When the info they receive is being manipulated by the Liberal Progressive Media that information becomes distorted and misleading to the point of being considered false, making NPR listeners less informed of the facts. Fox News, on the other hand, have liberal as well as conservative correspondents that break the barrier of cover ups and lies by giving full coverage to both sides in order to let the viewer make the necessary conclusions to the truth.

      If you are a hardcore liberal listener to NPR you will invariably be satisfied by its information manipulations.

    • How informed is someone claiming countrywide applicability ( "Fox viewers are the most uninformed viewers in the country") of a Fairleigh Dickenson University Poll that only surveyed people in New Jersey?

 
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