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    Those who primarily watch Fox News are significantly more likely to have misperceptions, while those who primarily listen to NPR or watch PBS are significantly less likely. This is from the folllowing study.
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    A more salient question is, "Are people who unquestioningly believe every leftwing special interest group's study pawns or dupes?"

    Gee, all that's missing from that dubious list of supporters is the Black Panthers and Moveon.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by Losthwy View Post
    Those who primarily watch Fox News are significantly more likely to have misperceptions, while those who primarily listen to NPR or watch PBS are significantly less likely. This is from the folllowing study.
    http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pi...d=&id=&pnt=102
    Please stop digging up biased sources that support your biased opinions. People use statistics incorrectly to "prove" a point. The correct use of statistics is to show the probability that a hypothesis is incorrect. To understand this distinction, consider this: No matter how many examples you find that agree with a hypothesis, it only takes one example to to disprove that hypothesis. If you paid attention to the last election, the statistics were used incorrectly to show that Obama would win by a double digit lead, yet, his lead was only 6%, less than half of what the pundits predicted.

    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
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    This is old news. Is anyone surprised that those on the right don't believe a University of Maryland study? It is just like any other scientific study, isn't it?. It was obviously done by liberal University researchers and thus the results are tainted. Just like global warming studies and the like.

    Those on the right, please enlighten me how these particular results of this study were "biased".(An excerpt from a newspaper article on the study)
    For the past year, the Program on International Policy Attitudes, or PIPA, a consortium organized through the University of Maryland, has been using a California-based research group called Knowledge Networks (and existing Roper polling data) to test what Americans know and how they came to know it.

    Since June, PIPA has been refining data that showed disturbing misperceptions related to the following three questions:

    - "Is it your impression that the U.S. has or has not found clear evidence in Iraq that Saddam Hussein was working closely with the al-Qaida terrorist organization?"

    - "Since the war with Iraq ended, is it your impression that the U.S. has or has not found Iraqi weapons of mass destruction?"

    - "Thinking about how all the people in the world feel about the U.S. having gone to war with Iraq, do you think the majority of people favor the U.S. having gone to war?"

    The survey was released late last week, and the news of it was this: Those who cited Fox News as their primary news source were far more likely to harbor fundamental misperceptions about one or more of these three questions than those who cited National Public Radio or PBS as their primary sources for news.

    But for all the anecdotal information, opinions and accusations, here was a comprehensive survey with a thoroughly professional, scientific methodology. We don't get enough of that.

    Eighty percent of the 3,334 respondents said their primary news source was television or radio networks. Of that figure, 18 percent cited Fox News as their primary news source. A mere 3 percent cited NPR or PBS. (Thirty percent cited two or more sources; CNN 16 percent, NBC 14 percent, ABC 11 percent, CBS 9 percent.)

    Twenty percent cited newspapers and magazines as their primary news source.

    On the question of a link between Saddam and al-Qaida, a frankly startling 67 percent of the Fox News primary-source crowd believed this to be true. It's a claim that was one of the centerpieces of the Bush administration war policy but has never been proved, and, as PIPA asserts, is now largely dismissed by the intelligence community (and lately the White House itself).

    It is probably no great solace to NPR and PBS that 16 percent of listeners glued to them also believe the Saddam-Osama link. But last time I checked, 67 percent was more than four times greater than 16 percent.

    On the question of whether we have found weapons of mass destruction, a matter of enormous controversy heavily reported in every major source, 33 percent of Fox News watchers somehow still believe that we have. (The president at one point said we did.) Only 17 percent of those consuming mostly print media thought so, and only 11 percent of the NPR-PBS crowd was operating under the same rather astonishing misperception.

    On the matter of world opinion, 35 percent of Fox News-viewing respondents believe world opinion supported the U.S. war with Iraq, while only 5 percent of the NPR-PBS crowd believed this in the face of almost daily international criticism and/or consternation.

    The study also made an effort to gauge the quantity of time spent consuming news from a specific source and the relation between additional exposure and misperceptions of these three issues.

    The conclusion: "While it would seem that misperceptions are derived from a failure to pay attention to the news, overall, those who pay greater attention to the news are no less likely to have misperceptions. Among those who primarily watch Fox, those who pay more attention are more likely to have misperceptions. Only those who primarily get their news from print media, and to some extent those who primarily watch CNN, have fewer misperceptions as they pay more attention."
    Was it the large sample? The straightforward questions? What exactly was biased??? You say the study was biased. Please explain how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Johnson View Post
    Please stop digging up biased sources that support your biased opinions. People use statistics incorrectly to "prove" a point. The correct use of statistics is to show the probability that a hypothesis is incorrect. To understand this distinction, consider this: No matter how many examples you find that agree with a hypothesis, it only takes one example to to disprove that hypothesis. If you paid attention to the last election, the statistics were used incorrectly to show that Obama would win by a double digit lead, yet, his lead was only 6%, less than half of what the pundits predicted.

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    I watch Fox News. They provide a good counterbalance to the propaganda spread by the driveby media, like ABC and the Baltimore sun. NPR and PMSNBC would make Joseph Goebbels proud with the stuff they spread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry V View Post
    Was it the large sample? The straightforward questions? What exactly was biased??? You say the study was biased. Please explain how?
    The way that a question is presented clearly can influence the results. Did they find weapons of mass destruction? The answer is yes, several warheads that contained nerve gas. So, what is the answer? Did NPR report that several warheads were found? Did FOX report that several warheads were found? In fact, did the study examine what was and was not reported? This is just another BS study put together by people trying to prove a point. For this study to have any validity, the hypothesis should have been: people that observe FOX News have the same opinion as people that observe other news sources such as NPR. Then statistics could be used to disprove the hypothesis.

    Again, another study that uses statistics incorrectly to "prove" a point. As a cancer researcher, if I used statistics the way people trying to prove a point use statistics, I would be rich and many people would be dead.

    If you have discrete examples, please let us know. If you just have another biased study that uses statistics, please keep it to yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JS View Post
    Someone's Phd'itis is showing
    As a researcher, I am absolutely dependent on statistics. Maybe you would like to discuss statistical methods.

    PS I am an expert in statistics. On the other hand, I am just an armchair politician (in other words, my political opinions may not be logical).
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    I watch Fox news too for the following reasons

    Megyn Kelly

    Jane Skinner

    Martha McCallum

    and best of all Courtney Friel



    remember its really entertainment.....if I want hard news i will go to realclearpolitics.com
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    I watch O'Rielly almost nightly. The way things are going, I will be listening to Rush and Sean on a daily basis, at least until that stinkin fairness doctirne censors them.
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