Study Reveals Which Cable News Net Has the Most Misinformed Viewers Huffington Post
A new study from the University of Maryland concluded that viewers of one cable news network were "significantly more likely" than other news consumers to believe misinformation about politics, reports the Huffington Post.
The network is Fox News, whose critics have blasted its news coverage as slanted while mocking the channel’s long-running “Fair and Balanced” slogan. Now those critics may have some numbers to back up their claims.
The research also determined that increased viewership of Fox News led to increased belief in false stories.
Among the false statements presented in the survey were claims that President Obama may not have been born in the U.S., that the auto bailout occurred only under Obama's tenure, and that most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses.
One statement where Fox viewers were considerably more likely to believe misinformation--31 points higher than the rest of respondents--concerned health care, with the survey statement saying falsely that most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit.