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Fake news show watchers the most informed: poll

From the NYT:

Americans may have more news outlets today than two decades ago, but they still don’t know much more about current events than they did then, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

But here’s one big difference: the survey respondents who seemed to know the most about what’s going on — who were able to identify major public figures, for example — were likely to be viewers of fake news programs like Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”; those who knew the least watched network morning news programs, Fox News or local television news. …

The six news sources cited most often by people who knew the most about current events were: “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” (counted as one), tied with Web sites of major newspapers; next came “News Hour With Jim Lehrer”; then “The O’Reilly Factor,” which was tied with National Public Radio; and Rush Limbaugh’s radio program. The six news sources cited most often by people who knew the most about current events were: “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” (counted as one), tied with Web sites of major newspapers; next came “News Hour With Jim Lehrer”; then “The O’Reilly Factor,” which was tied with National Public Radio; and Rush Limbaugh’s radio program.

Here’s the actual Pew Centre survey. If you look at the numbers, the scary thing is that not even the Daily/Colbert audience are current affairs brainiacs.

In what could be seen as good news for newspaper websites, their readers appear to be slightly better informed than the fake news consumers — which is as it should be. :)

As for me, I got seven out of nine correct, which puts me at the 77-percentile, compared to a national U.S. average of 50 per cent.

I only erred on one about the U.S. minimum wage and, by default, a follow-up. Not bad for a non-American. :)

If you want, take the Pew News IQ test yourself.

Mon, April 16 2007 » Main Page, Media