Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What's Worse Than Not Knowing Anything?

"...the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all."

Didn't think I'd be quoting this again quite so soon:

"To me, FNC reporters' laziness was the worst part of the bias. It wasn't that they were toeing some political line (though of course they were; see the embarrassing series on property rights from 2000), it was that the facts of a story just didn't matter at all. The idea was to get those viewers out of their seats, screaming at the TV, the politicians, the liberals -- whoever -- simply by running a provocative story," he wrote in October 2003.   --Matt Gross

1 comment:

Eric Rose said...

News lost it's compass with the introduction of the Constant Propaganda Network aka CNN. Once the traditional networks had to compete for eyes (and the advertising revenue generated by Nielsen Ratings) with this new flashy "entertainment" news channel, all adherence to journalistic standards went out the window. It was a fight for market share that mattered. Nothing else. Whatever got the most ratings was what was pumped out. Right wing knuckle dragging red necks I think statistically spend more time in front of the tv than more educated, worldly liberals. So it's not a great leap to understand why FNC and the like pump out the kinds of crap that keeps the right coming back for more and more. FNC could give a hoot about politics. All they care about is revenue.