Friday, December 17, 2010

Putting the Faux in News

As I was saying, the trouble with FoxNews isn't that it has a biased view of this or that, but that it spreads lies. These are some of the falsehoods it has successfully planted in the minds of its viewers:

– Most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely) (91 percent of those who watch Fox News “almost every day”)
– Most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points) (72 percent)
– The economy is getting worse (26 points) (72 percent)
– Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points) (60 percent)
– The stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points) (63 percent)
Their own income taxes have gone up (14 points) (49 percent)
The auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points) (56 percent)
– When TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points) (38 percent)
– And that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points)(63 percent)
FoxNews's distortions coupled with its high ratings has a lot to do with the decoupling of policy-making from reality. Misinformed viewers elect people who repeat the same pleasing lies they see on television, and as a result, more and more, we are governed by falsehoods and nostrums.


Sean G said...

These same people feed upon their ignorance with their demonization of education. If you take the time to study or research, then you're arrogant or elitist. Even simple things like food nutrition labeling or anti-obesity programs are demonized as elitist anti-freedom big government programs.

Paul Sunstone said...

Well said, Dale! Especially the bit about the decoupling of policy-making from reality. That is precisely what's been going on.

Sheldon said...

The lie of the year, that "health reform was a government take over of health care" is and was a common lie heard on Fox News. I just wish it were true!

Dale said...

Paul, Sheldon, Sean --- have you ever done the experiment of watching Fox and counting the seconds until bullshit? It's amazing how fast and furiously it comes.

Anonymous said...

One of the high costs of freedom of speech. Too bad medias don't have to publish a disclaimer in proper-sized lettering at the beginning of each comment. Not that it would do any good. We all reap what we have planted. Instead of freedom of the press, maybe we should ask for freedom from the press. Ugh! TC Don