Words 10 Oct 2003 01:31 am

Molly Ivins Again and Program on International Policy

Star Telegram | 10/09/2003 | Not much of a party occasion

She raises a lot of good questions. Why is it that the American popular opinion is so off-based?

Perhaps, the report, Misperceptions, The Media and the Iraq War, from the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes clarifies the problem: Fox News.

Bits from the 23 page report as summarized by SemiTruth*:

Fox News watchers were most likely to hold misperceptions — and were three times more likely than the next nearest network to hold all three misperceptions. In the audience for NPR/PBS, however, there was an overwhelming majority who did not have any of the three misperceptions, and hardly any had all three.

* Note: I have never seen Semi Truth before, but it was a nice succinct line, and wanted to give credit.

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