TV News Is Bad For Your Brain

A study has revealed that people who rely on television to get their news
are more likely to be misinformed on the facts about Iraq, WMD’s and Iraq’s
ties to 9/11 than those who get their news from other sources or even who
don’t follow the news at all.

The study polled over 3,000 people on their perceptions about international
support for the Iraq War, ties of Saddam Hussein to the events of 9/11, and
the Discovery of WMD’s in Iraq. What they found, incredibly, though not
surprising, was that the more people got their news from TV, the higher the
frequency of their misperceptions.

Out of all the news networks, of course, Fox News ranked highest among
misinformed viewers. The lowest was PBS.

Bush’s support tied to misperceptions

Another angle of the poll was to group by Bush supporters or Democratic
candidate supporters. Naturally, the vast majority of the misinformed were
Bush supporters. This included Democrats that supported Bush.

The polling was conducted by the Program on International Policy (PIPA) at the
University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks.

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