October 24, 2009

Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week II

Bruce Dudley thinks that both Fox and MSNBC are "outrageous and opinionated" ... but of course Fox is just worse:

One would be remiss, however, not to focus on the serious shortcomings of Rupert Murdoch’s conservative news organization and its devotees. It ought to be noted that Fox News, as personified by the often supercilious Sean Hannity and a frequently ranting Glenn Beck, go overboard in their blatant appeal to raw emotion.

As opposed to Keith Olbermann's "Special Comments," Ed Schultz's baby-like name-calling and/or Chris Matthews' outlandish metaphors!

More damning, though, are numerous findings, including a study conducted by the prestigious Annenberg School of Communications, that viewers of Fox News are among the most misinformed and uninformed citizens in the body politic.

Really? Let's see. What I found after surfing around for a while was this consistently linked poll. Check out the graphic below:

In it, yes, Fox News Channel viewers in general do not rank very high based on the study's criteria. However, viewers of FNC's most popular program, "The O'Reilly Factor," rank near the top as do listeners of -- uh-oh -- the Rush Limbaugh program. NOOO! I wonder what Bruce thinks of that? Further, the "knowledge" percentages of major network news viewers and ... readers of blogs(!) are just a tad higher than FNC's.

Noticeably missing from the study? MSNBC. How convenient.

Bruce might also be interested in (or, I could say, "I would be remiss if I didn't note") a Center for Media and Public Affairs study that said Fox News was the most balanced in its coverage.

Sorry, Bruce. Your letter is just yet another example of purely partisan hackery maquerading as thoughtful opinion.

Posted by Hube at October 24, 2009 05:59 PM | TrackBack

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mungo, I know it's sad, but i just imagine the japanese evacuees smoking pot in their gym hall shelters. Might send those poor souls to a nicer place...

Posted by: Noah Forsyth at April 12, 2012 08:28 PM

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