In the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are a couple of nitwits. After a series of unfortunate incidents, Christmas and Dunne decide to go on a cross country trip in an old van that has been customized with tan shag carpeting on the outside and made to look like a giant sheepdog. Most Fox News viewers are like Christmas and Dunne, dumbly traveling across America in their sheepdog vans.
It doesn’t take a genius to tell you most people that watch Fox News are ill-informed idiots. However, a recent University of Maryland study confirms this common belief. In fact, according to the research, the more you watch Fox News, the more misinformed you are about important political issues:
“In most cases those who had greater levels of exposure to news sources had lower levels of misinformation. There were, however, a number of cases where greater exposure to a particular news source increased misinformation on some issues.
Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely), most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points), the economy is getting worse (26 points), most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points), the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points), their own income taxes have gone up (14 points), the auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points), when TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points) and that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points). The effect was also not simply a function of partisan bias, as people who voted Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to have such misinformation than those who did not watch it–though by a lesser margin than those who voted Republican.”
If you listen to Fox News, your understanding of economics and economic policies are most likely wrong and harmful to the America. If you listen to Fox News you will most likely believe the stimulus bill lost jobs, the health care bill added to the deficit, and your taxes went up over the last year. If you listen to Fox News you mostly likely believe Obama created the bank bailouts (TARP), and the auto bailout. You would also most likely believe tax cuts for the rich stimulate the economy, and you are more likely to be a crazy ass “Birther” that question Obama’s birth certificate. And on every occasion you would be misinformed or an outright liar. I have a feeling, most Fox News viewers are simply dumb and getting dumber by the day. I’ll reserve the liar label to the Fox News demagogue personalities and executives.
Most Fox News viewers are simply nitwits driving across the country in their customized sheepdog vehicles or tiny scooters, making a mind numbing amount of stupid comments, and unwittingly being manipulated by others. Most Fox News nitwits believe scientists are evenly divided over issues like climate change and evolution. Once again, research has shown, Fox News viewers are like Christmas and Dunne, clueless dimwits trekking across the country.
Images from the movie Dumb and Dumber.
UPDATE: More Proof Fox News makes you dumb and dumber. Another study concludes: “Sunday morning news shows do the most to help people learn about current events, while some outlets, especially Fox News, lead people to be even less informed than those who they don’t watch any news at all”.