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Thursday, March 22

Faux News Indeed

Good article at thehill.com: Hounding Fox News coverage by Mark Mellman
A study by a University of Maryland center concluded, “Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions” about Iraq. For example, in 2003, 67 percent of those who relied primarily on Fox wrongly believed the U.S. “found clear evidence in Iraq that Saddam Hussein was working closely with the al Qaeda terrorist organization.” Only 40 percent of those who relied on print media harbored this illusion, debunked thoroughly by the 9/11 Commission.

Instead of providing “fair and balanced” reporting, Fox has created an audience ignorant of the facts, but fully supportive of management’s ideology.
And there is so much more that Fox "News" viewers are ill informed about that it boggles the mind. Personally, I'd like to see them sued for calling themselves a news organization.

Case in point- yesterday my son attended a debate between his political science professor and a political science professor from SUNY Stonybrook (which is a state funded school where my tax dollars go) regarding the war on Iraq. The Stonybrook professor insisted that Saddam had something to do with 9/11. This man gets his information from Fox News and is poisoning young minds with disinformation. I have to get more information and make some phone calls to the state and the university. I am waiting for my son to write something about the debate for this blog. (don't hold your breath)

I have lost total respect for several friends and relatives who continue to watch Fox News even after I have sanely and calmly rebuked their notions with non-condescending facts. For the record, I am much nicer in real life than I am on the blog. I don't call people stupid to their faces or even imply that they are stupid when I debate in real life. Maybe I should. heh.

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