Jon Stewart says those who watch Fox News are the "most consistently misinformed media viewers"

The way Stewart phrased the comment, it’s not enough to show a sliver of evidence that Fox News’ audience is ill-informed. The evidence needs to support the view that the data shows they are "consistently" misinformed -- a term he used not once but three times. It’s simply not true that "every poll" shows that result. So we rate his claim False. Full Story »

Posted by Jon Mitchell - via Memeorandum, Fabrice Florin (t), Rachel Fus (t), Malorie Jae Lucich (t), Jon Mitchell (t)

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Dwight Rousu
2.5
by Dwight Rousu - Jun. 22, 2011

Politifact strains credibility when they use a survey that asks simple-minded grade school questions as a measure of knowledge. Even a person greatly confused about factual relationships may by chance know who is attorney general from listening to Fox lie about what actions he has taken. And to further stretch a point, though politifact finds a survey that does support Stewart's statement, they denigrate it for requiring too sophisticated of an understanding of the news. I would rate this one of politifact's worst exercises I have seen.

Pew’s methodology is not immune from critique. Most notably, it’s not clear whether knowing the answer to a few current-affairs questions translates into being “informed.”

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Dwight's Rating

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2.5

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Quality
2.6
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3.0
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1.0
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4.0
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2.0
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2.0
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4.0
Enterprise
4.0
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2.0
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2.0
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1.0
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3.0
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