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View Diary: CONFIRMED: New Study Proves That Fox News Makes You Stupid (273 comments)

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  •  Or maybe the stupider you are ... (7+ / 0-)

    ... the more time you spend watching Fox.

    Claims that A causes B must meet 3 criteria. Of course, you must prove that A and B tend to occur together (correlation). Check.

    But you also must prove that A came first (temporality), which you can't do without following the same cohort of subjects over time. This survey was just a cross-section conducted in 10 days in November.

    The other surveys also were cross-sections. Of different people. Asking different questions. All the separate cross-sections in the world do not a longitudinal cohort make.

    You also have to show that C, D, E, etc. do not explain the relationship (elimination of plausible alternative explanations). One obvious question, which the poll's own data bring into play, is whether Fox viewership is just a proxy for Republicanism.

    Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

    by susanala on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 05:57:06 PM PST

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    •  Fox New a proxy for repugs? (1+ / 0-)
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      Of course it are!  You'd have to be a repug to watch it.  

      I do not know what weapons World War III will be fought with. World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. -- Albert Einstein

      by elveta on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 08:03:18 PM PST

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      •  Well yeah ;) (0+ / 0-)

        I checked out Fox once or twice when it was new. Never again.

        It's not so much that I'm smart ... I'm just not a Republican (or any flavor of conservative).

        Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

        by susanala on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 06:18:34 AM PST

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