Monday, August 13, 2012
13 August 2012 Fox news yellow snow good for you
Survey: NPR’s listeners best informed, Fox viewers worst informed
By Andrew BeaujonPublished May 23, 2012 7:49 am Updated May 23, 2012 7:58 am
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“People who watch no news at all can answer more questions about international current events than people who watch cable news, a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds.
NPR and Sunday morning political talk shows are the most informative news outlets, while exposure to partisan sources, such as Fox News and MSNBC, has a negative impact on people’s current events knowledge.
“People who watch MSNBC and CNN exclusively can answer more questions about domestic events than people who watch no news at all. People who only watch Fox did much worse. NPR listeners answered more questions correctly than people in any other category.
“The survey of 1185 random people conducted by landline and cell phone in early February follows a similar poll FDU conducted last November, which surveyed only New Jersey residents and returned similar results…”
Cassi Creek: “President Obama should go on TV and ask people not to eat yellow snow, if only for the joy of hearing Fox News explain how good yellow snow really is.
The quality of a television news broadcast is of more importance than the quantity of time and words spewed by a newsreader. The nightly news update, prevalent in the period when news was considered a public service, had a limited period that required concise, accurate, and verifiable reports that were meant to inform without editorial commentary. The communications technology of the time supported news programming at 12 -24 hour intervals.
With the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, news became subject to the ratings as with any other sort of programming. Accuracy became less important, for some “news” divisions than was obtaining a high rating in a particular time slot.
The three major broadcast networks have tried to maintain their news divisions as true journalism services. CNN has joined that grouping although they still push for quantity of the day filled with faces and words.
The whore in modern American cable news is Fox News. Claiming to be “fair and balanced,” Fox News is quite plainly the public house organ for the GOP/teavangelists. They have more in common with Pravda than with any American news programming.
If President Obama makes any political statement, before he is off the air, the Fox News will have at least one of their anti-Obama trained attack rats waiting for the cue to begin reading their propaganda so that the teavangelists will immediately have their package of “talking points” to parrot loudly at every opportunity. Fox News viewers are intended to parrot, not to think for their selves. Fox News, along with teavangelism and the demise of reading books as a source of information, has quite effectively lowered the intellectual capacity of the American citizen. It is safe to state that a greater percentage of the populations of Mexico and Iraq turn out to vote in national elections than do Americans. Sadly, not only do these nations have a higher voter turnout, they are better informed than their American counterparts are. What does that have to say about us? Nothing good, nothing that can be squeezed into a talking point and parroted by a Fox News tele-Barby to a teavangelistic Fox News Pseudo-patriot listening to “the news” between blondes reading ball scores.