August 29, 2011
If your only source of information is Fox Faux and the many right-wing talking heads, I can assure you that you don’t know this. And not only will you not like it, you will deny it as the truth; which puts you in this category. But facts are facts and fiction is fiction, and that, unfortunately for you, can’t be changed.
Bush vs Obama Spending
Bush vs Obama Deficit
Bush vs Obama Jobs
In 2003 World Public Opinion released a study (full PDF available) on the widespread misperceptions on Iraq: “Those who primarily watch Fox News are significantly more likely to have misperceptions, while those who primarily listen to NPR or watch PBS are significantly less likely.”
Last year, after the mid-term elections, WPO released this report (full PDF version) about the misleading and false information during the campaign election cycle. And, once again, Fox Faux viewers were the most misinformed.
“Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that 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). The effect was also not simply a function of partisan bias, as people who voted Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to have such misinformation than those who did not watch it–though by a lesser margin than those who voted Republican.”
In August 2009 News Corpse posted this based on a MSNBC/CNN survey, which showed more Fox viewers believed that the new health care reform bill would: give coverage to illegal immigrants; lead to a government takeover; pay for abortions; and stop care to the elderly.
Now those who refuse to accept this will say that Fox Faux is the only outlet that tells the truth, and the other dozens of major news agencies and hundreds of major city news sources are involved in a conspiracy to spread lies and deceit. They are so indoctrinated and assimilated that they’d still not believe the truth if Fox suddenly came out and admitted they seldom tell the truth.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky