Fox News! Ready To Be Even More Ignorant?

December 16, 2010

One of the great horrors of our day is Fox News Corp.
Not only does this faux journalistic organization distort, twist and outright lie about the news, but it makes regular viewers even more stupid — a dangerous situation as the assholes are also helping destroy the planet.

A poll from World Public Opinion:

Following the first election since the Supreme Court has struck down limits on election-related advertising, a new poll finds that 9 in 10 voters said that in the 2010 election they encountered information they believed was misleading or false, with 56% saying this occurred frequently.

Equally significant, the poll found strong evidence that voters were substantially misinformed on many of the key issues of the campaign.
Such misinformation was correlated with how people voted and their exposure to various news sources.

Thank-you Mr. Keith Rupert Murdock.

(Illustration found here).

In the poll’s findings, Fox News watchers are hugely misinformed.
Via AlterNet:

In eight of the nine questions below, Fox News placed first in the percentage of those who were misinformed (they placed second in the question on TARP).
That’s a pretty high batting average for journalistic fraud.
Here is a list of what Fox News viewers believe that just ain’t so:

  • 91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
  • 72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
  • 72 percent believe the economy is getting worse
  • 60 percent believe climate change is not occurring
  • 49 percent believe income taxes have gone up
  • 63 percent believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts

A bunch of numbers that add up to a horrible voting block.
I don’t watch Fox — pisses me way, way-off.
And also from AlterNet:

The conclusion is inescapable. Fox News is deliberately misinforming its viewers and it is doing so for a reason.
Every issue above is one in which the Republican Party had a vested interest.
The GOP benefited from the ignorance that Fox News helped to proliferate.
The results were apparent in the election last month as voters based their decisions on demonstrably false information fed to them by Fox News.

And in a leaked Fox e-mail one can see how obvious the mis-information campaign works, and in this case, creating confusion and ignorance on the greatest threat now facing all of humanity.
From Media Matters (h/t ClimateProgress):

In the midst of global climate change talks last December, a top Fox News official sent an email questioning the “veracity of climate change data” and ordering the network’s journalists to “refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.”
The directive, sent by Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon, was issued less than 15 minutes after Fox correspondent Wendell Goler accurately reported on-air that the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization announced that 2000-2009 was “on track to be the warmest [decade] on record.”

See the original e-mail at the ClimateProgress link and some de-bunking of the de-bunkers.
Why can’t we call out Fox News for crimes against humanity.
Those assholes are part of the problem.

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