What The Fox?

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December 18, 2010 by billie789

This study caught my eye on ThinkProgress this morning:

“ThinkProgress reported yesterday on a study conducted by World Public Opinion — a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland — which found that that “greater exposure” to Fox News during the run-up to the mid-term elections this year “increased” daily viewers’ misinformation about specific issues. When asked by New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter to comment on the study’s finding, Fox News’ senior vice president for news editorial attacked the university, claiming it’s merely a “party school”:

Asked for comment on the study, Fox News seemingly dismissed the findings. In a statement, Michael Clemente, who is the senior vice president of news editorial for the network, said: “The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland among the top schools for having ‘Students Who Study The Least’ and being the ‘Best Party School’ – given these fine academic distinctions, we’ll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was ‘researched’ with.”

Mr. Clemente oversees every hour of objective news programming on Fox News, which is by far the nation’s most popular cable news channel.

“For the record,” Stelter noted, “the Princeton Review says the University of Maryland ranks among the ‘Best Northeastern Colleges.’ It was No. 19 on the Review’s list of ‘Best Party Schools.’”

So, that’s the best defense Fox could offer, that the U of Maryland is a “party school?” Not much of a party school, ranked at #19. I would have really appreciated a little more cerebral response, but perhaps that’s wishful thinking. Given the recent “outings” of Fox internal memos and emails where managers instructed staff to craft stories on health care and other key Obama initiatives that would cast a negative light on them to viewers. I probably wouldn’t mind if Fox would just come out and speak the truth about its deeply partisan activities while claiming that stupid marketing phrase about being Fair and Balanced and it’s all George Soros’ fault. And, most Fox viewers probably don’t know who George Soros is.

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