Firstly, this entry will be prefaced by noting that The Reactionary Researcher (TRR) has no stake here; TRR has never and will never utilize FoxNews for his information concerning world events. For that matter TRR does not obtain his news from any television based sources.
A “study” has been making a big hit on the internet with its claim that “Some News Leaves People Knowing Less”. Within the first paragraph of this Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll, the authors note that some news outlets,
especially Fox News, lead people to be even less informed than those who say they don’t watch any news at all.
This has been enthusiastically picked up by a variety of sources that have gleefully highlighted the point regarding FoxNews:
Literally hundreds of other websites make similarly irresponsible, uninformed, and ridiculous claims. TRR is doubtful that any of these sources actually bothered to consult the original FDU poll.
Let’s straighten up a couple of things right off the bat: Firstly, this is no “study”, it’s a phone poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) that asked 612 random people in NJ exactly four questions, the answers to which were subsequently used to extrapolate this information.
Secondly, it is noteworthy that the fact that Talk Radio, the true news source for most conservatives, had an allegedly positive effect on people’s degree of ‘being informed’ went unnoted by any of the outlets that highlighted the story. Go figure.
Irrespective of what the results say, they are an incoherent and indecipherable mess, that as a consequence of being based on flawed methodology, are ultimately, meaningless.
TRR has reproduced some of the actual data from FDU PublicMind Poll below to illustrate the serious flaw in their methodology:
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