Update (27/11/2011): Another study has since shown a similar finding, that respondents who watch Fox news are “less informed than those who say they don’t watch any news at all”.
Last month I reported on a study which demonstrated a strong link between (poor) knowledge and time spent watching FOX news. I was forced to conclude that the evidence as it stands did not prove a causal link. It may well be possible that “stupid people watch fox news” rather than “fox news makes you stupid”. I’ve just stumbled across some undeniable evidence for a causal link. A Fox News report which incorrectly places Egypt as between Iran and Syria. (I hope the irony of which country this actually is isn’t lost on anyone.)
This alone however isn’t enough evidence to definitively conclude that it is FOX news making the people that watch FOX news stupid. If anyone sees more evidence of misinformation or general ignorance by FOX news please comment below preferably with a clipping. I’ll keep this post updated as a naming and shaming page exclusively for FOX. Subscribe to comments below for updates in your inbox.
I should note in the interest of scientific integrity that, it is perfectly possible that as Miss South Carolina famously stated, this is all just because of a map shortage in the USA.
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