A chyron on Fox and Friends read: “NASA: Global warming may provoke an [alien] attack.”
But as Business Insider pointed out, they’re “wrong” — “That report was not funded by NASA. It was written by an independent group of scientists and bloggers. One of those happens to work at NASA.” NASA distanced itself from the report as well, calling reports linking the agency to it “not true.” Kelly finally corrected the record this afternoon, saying, “I was making that up.”
The poll is of course not scientific, but you can hardly blame the viewers who did respond, considering Fox’s constant misinformation about climate change. For instance, as she presented the poll, Kelly said of curbing climate change, “just in case right?” — as in, “just in case” the science is right. She did not make a similar quip for alien attack. Numerous studies consistently show that Fox viewers are among the most misinformed of news viewers, while at least one study has shown that — perversely — watching Fox actually makes people less informed than they were to begin with.
This chart from the report shows how Fox viewers, more so than viewers affiliated with any other news outlet, are more likely to hold incorrect and Islamophobic views.
Approximately two-thirds of Republicans, Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement, and Americans who most trust Fox News agree that the values of Islam are at odds with American values. A majority of Democrats, Independents, and those who most trust CNN or public television disagree.
Out Of Step With Rest Of Nation, Only One In Three Tea Partiers Think Global Warming Is Real
A new survey on global warming by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications finds that self-described members of the Tea Party movement are distinctly more skeptical of global warming than all other Americans.
Tea Party members are much more likely than other groups to believe they are “very well informed,” and are much more likely to say they “do not need any more information” about global warming to make up their minds. A majority among all four groups — Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and Tea Party members — said they support funding for research into renewable energy.
Two-thirds of viewers who say Fox News is the news source they trust most believe discrimination against whites is as big a problem as discrimination against minority groups, according to a study released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution and the Public Religion Research Institute.
The financial crisis wiped out 20 years of minority wealth gains, and minority incarceration and unemployment rates are far higher than those of whites, but white Americans have nevertheless become more receptive to the idea that whites face as much discrimination as minorities.
Fox News is a crucial outlet for fomenting Shariah panic. According to the study, “There is a strong correlation between trusting Fox News and negative views of Islam and Muslims,” as “[n]early 6-in-10 Republicans who most trust Fox News believe that American Muslims are trying to establish Shari’a law in the U.S.,” and 72 percent of “Fox News Republicans” agree that Islam is “at odds with American values.” If you’re a Republican, you’re more likely to think that white people are as discriminated against as minorities and that American Muslims represent a fifth column trying to subvert the Constitution. But if you’re a Republican who watches Fox News, then you’re far more likely to believe those things, thanks to a steady media diet of racial resentment and Muslim-baiting paranoia.
The first mistake made by Fox News and their pollsters… trying to play it straight. The second mistake, made by Fox News, was actually revealing the results of a poll that contradicts their narrative/story line.
Someone in their booth has some explaining to do. :-)
Fox’s Graphics Department is Having a Very Bad Week
And it’s only Wednesday.
The unemployment graph where 8.6 is magically greater than 8.8 or 8.9 floated through the Tumblr on Monday (the horizontal lines have been added to the original Fox graphic).
Now it’s on to geography. Let’s admire how New Hampshire replaces Vermont and Utah is now Nevada.
Images via Media Matters.