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  •  The NPR Number Makes Me Skeptical. (4+ / 0-)

    I don't follow regular new sources, just progressive talk radio, this site, and the few seconds of AP radio news on prog talk. But every time I encounter news quizzes either posted here or linked from a media outlet, I range from 90% to 100% correct.

    I'd have to think that people who "get their news" primarily from NPR would have to average closer 50%. I don't see the typical NPR news follower as someone so uninterested in current events that they'd average 30%.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 06:40:32 PM PST

    •  Did you look at the questions? (2+ / 0-)
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      I think the domestic ones tended to be of somewhat less blasted-all-across-the-news-for-weeks events than the international questions.

      •  I did, and I'm dubious. (3+ / 0-)
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        First, I'm pretty sure I knew most of them, other than the Keystone tie-in and the two about Republican primaries from a couple of years ago, which seem awfully slanted.  And I might have even known them at the time, just consigned them to 'irrelevant trivia' mentally, and forgotten about them.  

        Really, why should anyone on the left care that much about which Republican won Iowa or New Hampshire, other than right when it happened?  We've seen, often enough, that just because they're first, they don't really 'pick' the winners, just give some slight edge to the people they do pick.

        I don't know, I'm not particularly impressed with their choice of questions for the survey.   If I'm reading the paper right, 2/5 of the domestic questions were the Republican primary ones I mentioned above.  Lefties are going to pay more attention to (and maybe remember) their own primaries, not those of Republicans.  So asking about two Republican primaries instantly disadvantages those answering the survey from the left.

        And, btw, they have 5 domestic questions, but only list results for people answering 4, and two of the domestic ones are listed as K6a and K6b.  Did they ask some respondents K6a and others K6b?  If so, how did the split in who got asked which affect the crosstabs?

        However, liberals who watched MSNBC did better on the knowledge questions, answering correctly 1.89 of the domestic questions and 1.64 of the international questions correctly.
        International questions were at least politically neutral, but the Arab spring and resulting aftermath was covered extensively on MSNBC.  How could anyone who actually paid attention to what they watch not know that Mubarak was out, Assad still in, and what Iranian sanctions were about?  Are people who say they 'watch' MSNBC just watching 'Morning Joe'?  

        I can understand many people not knowing who 'spent' the most on fixing up poor-performing EU countries - the stories always focus on the people having the crisis, not on who is doing most of the 'bail-outs' (of the banks, not the people).

      •  International news (0+ / 0-)

        benefits politics, taking our minds off our own glaring problems and soothing the masses. (aside from sensationalized isolated stories that play for days)

        And why you will find more US news on European outlets for the same reasons.

        “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

        by RUNDOWN on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:10:39 PM PST

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    •  NPR used to be better (2+ / 0-)
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      peptabysmal, poco

      But the more corporations get involves in something, the more misinformation gets in.

      None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. -Johann von Goethe

      by gjohnsit on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 09:08:18 AM PST

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