In decreasing order of preference, I’d like my fellow citizens to be:
“A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.”
“Don’t be an ignoranus; don’t get your news [solely] from FOX.”
“Iraq is a mess; here’s why….”
“I don’t know enough about Iraq to speak intelligently.”
“Eye-raq is going great.
God Bless the U.S.A.
U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!“
So this tidbit caught my eye: it turns out that people who get their so-called news from FOX tend to have a distorted, incorrect and somewhat frightening view of reality. They are, as a group, more misinformed than viewers of any other network.
Now would be a good time to point out that FOX reaches a gazillion people (102,565,710 households, to be exact). And 18% of those gazillion people report that FOX is their only source of news (versus 3% whose sole source is PBS or NPR):
And what those gazillion people hear on FOX is the “fair and balanced” truth. Well, except for those inconvenient times when the truth makes FOX’s right-wing, religious allies look wrong; or stupid; or greedy; or downright criminal. Which is to say, frequently.
Take, for example, the invasion of Iraq:
This is hardly news; the survey is almost 3 years old. Plus, all of this borders on obvious to anyone who has spent a few hours watching FOX.
But if we really are what we watch, then don’t be an ignoranus; don’t get your news [solely] from FOX. I love my country. I don’t want it hijacked by misinformed masses.