18 May '11, 7pm

The Fox News "Effect": A Few References

1. Iraq War. In 2003, a survey by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland found widespread public misperceptions about the Iraq war. For instance, many Americans believed that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had been involved in 9/11, or that it possessed weapons of mass destruction prior to the U.S. invasion. But not everyone was equally misinformed: "The extent of Americans’ misperceptions vary significantly depending on their source of news," PIPA reported. "Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions.” For instance, 80 % of Fox viewers held at least one of three Iraq-related misperceptions, more than a variety of other types of news consumers, and especially NPR and PBS users. 2. Global Warming . In a late 2010 survey , Stanford University’s Jon Krosnick found that "more exposur...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/fox-news-effect-few-references

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