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Study: Regardless of party affiliation, Fox News viewers most misinformed

In the study, respondents were asked the same questions about a range of news sources that included newspapers and magazines, network TV news broadcasts, public broadcasting (NPR or PBS), Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.

"Looking at the frequency of misinformation among the consumers of various news sources, one striking feature is that substantial levels of misinformation were present in the daily consumers of all news sources. Even the daily consumers of news sources with the lowest levels of misinformation still included substantial numbers with misinformation."

The study found that those who watched Fox News daily, regardless of their political affiliation, were "significantly" more likely than non-viewers to falsely believe the following:

* Most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely)
* Most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points)
* The economy is getting worse (26 points)
* Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points)
* The stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points)
* Their own income taxes have gone up (14 points)
* The auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points)
* When TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points)
* And that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points)

Read the full report here
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/dec10/Misinformation_Dec10_rpt.pdf


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Added: Dec-20-2010 
By: Nurb
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Tags: fox news, cnn, msnbc, msnbc, npr, pbs, study, misinformation
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