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  •  correlation is not causation (5+ / 0-)

    Fox may not cause people to be stupid.  An alternate hypothesis is since Fox is a conservative station then naturally stupid people will watch it.  So it is possible they were just as stupid before they started watching Fox.

    •  Your assertions not entirely born out by evidence (0+ / 0-)

      You are correct that correlation doesn't equal causation, but if only stupid people watch Fox news you would see correlational effects in the other direction among highly educated people that watch Fox news.  The reverse has been true.  In the previous Misperception study by this organization, regression analysis were conducted that indicated that highly educated people who watched Fox were even MORE likely to mispercieve the facts than less educated viewers. Thus, those with a BA or higher were more likely to mispercieve than those with lower levels of education.  The same was true in the current study.  So even though you are correct that correlation doesn't equal causation it is overly simplistic to attribute THESE misperceptions to prevalence of ignorance.  In fact, the evidence would suggest the reverse, which lends credence to the diarists' claims that Fox is deliberately misleading viewers to serve an agenda.

      The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - FDR. Obama Nation. -6.13 -6.15

      by ecostar on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 07:23:01 AM PST

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