Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Are You Smarter Than a Fox News Viewer" — Christian Science Monitor Quiz

In the wake of the Brian Williams ordeal, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly was quick to defend Williams' mishaps, accusing the internet "sewer" of being overly bent on taking down famous figures. Mother Jones' DC Bureau Chief David Corn fired back, racking up a list of questionable claims from O'Reilly's own war coverage.

Given our recent discussions, I thought everyone might enjoy this news comprehension quiz from the University of Maryland's World Public Opinion project (reproduced by the Christian Science Monitor). According to CSM:
The survey found that "substantial levels of misinformation were present in the daily consumers of all news sources." But Fox News viewers were significantly more likely to be misinformed than those who get their news from other sources. And, greater exposure to Fox News increased the degree to which viewers were misinformed.
While this particular survey was originally distributed during the 2010 midterms, the trends didn't change much over the next two years, as demonstrated by a 2012 study from Fairleigh Dickinson University's Public Mind. While one could argue that most, if not all, media put spin on their content in one way or another, it is interesting to look at the discrepancies in misinformation and truth across various outlets.

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