A new study has revealed that people who
rely on television to get their news are more likely to be misinformed.
The study polled over 3,000 people on their perceptions about
international support for the Iraq War, ties of Saddam Husein
to the events of 9/11, and the Discovery of WMD's in Iraq. What
they found, incredibly, though not suprising, was that the more
people got their news from TV, the higher the frequency of their
Out of all the news networks, of course, Fox News ranked highest
among misinformed viewers. The lowest was PBS.
angle of the poll was to group by Bush supporters or Democratic
candidate supporters. Naturally, the vast majority of the misinformed
were Bush supporters. This included Democrats that supported Bush.
From the Program
on International Policy press release:
A new study based on a series of seven nationwide polls
conducted from January through September of this year reveals
that before and after the Iraq war, a majority of Americans
have had significant misperceptions and these are highly related
to support for the war with Iraq.
The polling, conducted by the Program on International
Policy (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks,
also reveals that the frequency of these misperceptions varies
to individuals’ primary source of news.
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.
So what does this mean?
The ramifications of this study are far reaching. For one, it
confirms the long held suspicion that corporate controlled tevision
networks are not only failing to provide necessary information
to viewers, but are in fact providing false information.
also confirms that, at least among the news networks, liberal
bias is a complete fabrication which, because of this report,
is easier to believe since a significant percentage of viewers
believe liberal media bias exist because they heard it on TV news.
But a larger issue exist here. The report shows a clear link
between misinformation and support for Bush's war. Here's where
the Orwellian factor comes in. Not only did Bush & co. mislead
the public into war, but they had ready accomplices in the network
This forces serious questions about the motives of those who
hold the sacred trust of the public airwaves. It also demonstrates
how powerful TV news is at affecting pulic perceptions and consequently,
But Watergate Star Says Leaks Still Vital
By Joe StruppNEW YORK -- When it comes to utilizing unnamed sources
and digging up government secrets, legendary Watergate investigative
reporter Carl Bernstein practically wrote the book on it. Actually,
he and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post wrote two books about
their coverage of the Watergate affair, whicheventually led to
the downfall of the Nixon administration and garnered the pair
a Pulitzer Prize.
So what does Bernstein think of the recent disclosure of a CIA
operative's identity by columnist Robert Novak? Bernstein was
quick to criticize both Novak and the Bush administration staffers
who leaked the information -- while also warning other journalists
to make sure anonymous sources are used carefully.