Monday, December 10, 2012

Stupid Is As Stupid Does, Revisited Yet Again

From Huffington Post, a report: "Study Finds Fox News Viewers Least Informed Of All Viewers."  Yes, yet another study has concluded that people who ONLY watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers.

"Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University updated a study they had conducted in late 2011. That study only sampled respondents from New Jersey, where the university is located. This time, the researchers conducted a nationwide poll.

"The poll asked questions about international news (Iran, Egypt, Syria and Greece were included) and domestic affairs (Republican primaries, Congress, unemployment and the Keystone XL pipeline.)

"The pollsters found that people were usually able to answer 1.8 out of 4 questions on foreign news, and 1.6 of 5 questions on domestic news, and that people who don't watch any news were able to get 1.22 of the questions on domestic policy right.

"As the study explained, though, people who watched only Fox News fared worse:

"The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly -- a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. On the other hand, if they listened only to NPR, they would be expected to answer 1.51 questions correctly; viewers of Sunday morning talk shows fare similarly well. And people watching only "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" could answer about 1.42 questions correctly."'s take, "Intelligence Institute Study shows Fox News viewers have an IQ that is 20 points lower than the U.S. National average."

"The results of a 4 year study show that Americans who obtain their news from Fox News channel have an average IQ of 80, which represents a 20 point deficit when compared to the U.S. national average of 100. IQ, or intelligence quotient, is the international standard of assessing intelligence.

"Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group, tested 5,000 people using a series of tests that measure everything from cognitive aptitude to common sense and found that people who identified themselves as Fox News viewers and 'conservative' had, on average, significantly lower intelligent quotients. Fox Viewers represented 2,650 members of the test group.

"One test involved showing subjects a series of images and measuring their vitals, namely pulse rate and blood pressure. The self-identified conservatives' vitals increased over 35% when shown complex or shocking images. The image that caused the most stress was a poorly edited picture of President Obama standing next to a "ghostly" image of a child holding a tarantula.

"Test subjects who received their news from other outlets or reported they do not watch the news scored an average IQ of 104, compared to 80 for Fox News viewers.

"Lead researcher, P. Nichols, explains, "Less intelligent animals rely on instinct when confronted by something which they do not understand. This is an ancient survival reaction all animals, including humans, exhibit. It's a very simple phenomenon, really; think about a dog being afraid of a vacuum cleaner. He doesn't know what a vacuum is or if it may harm him, so he becomes agitated and barks at it. Less intelligent humans do the same thing. Concepts that are too complex for them to understand, may frighten or anger them.'

He continues, 'Fox News' content is presented at an elementary school level and plays directly into the fears of the less educated and less intelligent.'

"The researchers said that an IQ of 80 is well above the score of 70, which is where psychiatrists diagnose mental retardation. P. Nichols says an IQ of 80 will not limit anyone's ability to lead happy, fulfilling lives.

"The study did not conclude if Fox News contributed to lowering IQ or if it attracts less intelligent humans.

"P. Nichols concludes that he wasn't shocked by the studies' results, rather how dramatic their range. 'Several previous studies show that self-identified conservatives are less intelligent than self-identified moderates. We have never seen such a homogeneous group teetering so close to special needs levels.'"

We have written on the intellectual failings of Conservative followers here --> (, and the newest study displays the extra icing on the cake of Conservative propaganda: the need for the Conservative leadership to instill their ideology on the most intellectually unfortunate among us.

Can the Conservative leadership be made to pay for brainwashing their own sheeplets, or can the case be made for the fact that this manipulation is clearly an illegal use of our airwaves?  Can the Fox News talking heads and the Limbaughs of the world finally be made to suffer for their criminal activities?  Not according to the Conservative-owned courts.  From, the bad news:

"Fox News gets okay to misinform public, court ruling"

"UPDATED:Many news agencies lie and distort facts, not many have the guts to admit court...positioning the First Amendment as their defense!

"The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, successfully argued the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves. We are pushing for a consumer protection solution that labels news content according to its adherence to ethical journalism standards that have been codified by the Society of Professional Journalists (Ethics:

"Appellate Court Rules Media Can Legally Lie," by Mike Gaddy. Published Feb. 28, 2003
"On February 14, a Florida Appeals court ruled there is absolutely nothing illegal about lying, concealing or distorting information by a major press organization. The court reversed the $425,000 jury verdict in favor of journalist Jane Akre who charged she was pressured by Fox Television management and lawyers to air what she knew and documented to be false information. The ruling basically declares it is technically not against any law, rule, or regulation to deliberately lie or distort the news on a television broadcast.

"On August 18, 2000, a six-person jury was unanimous in its conclusion that Akre was indeed fired for threatening to report the station's pressure to broadcast what jurors decided was 'a false, distorted, or slanted' story about the widespread use of growth hormone in dairy cows.

"The court did not dispute the heart of Akre's claim, that Fox pressured her to broadcast a false story to protect the broadcaster from having to defend the truth in court, as well as suffer the ire of irate advertisers. Fox argued from the first, and failed on three separate occasions, in front of three different judges, to have the case tossed out on the grounds there is no hard, fast, and written rule against deliberate distortion of the news.

"The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, argued the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves.

"In its six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals held that the Federal Communications Commission position against news distortion is only a 'policy,' not a promulgated law, rule, or regulation. Fox aired a report after the ruling saying it was 'totally vindicated' by the verdict.

Only when Conservatism is criminalized will idiocies like the Fox News decision be reduced to the nonsense they actually are.  Only when Conservatism is made illegal will Conservative justices be made to pay for the damage they've inflicted on our country and Constitution.


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