WHAT WAS JON STEWART EVEN TALKING ABOUT?? Reason: “Is Jon Stewart Correct that Fox News Viewers Are “the most consistently misinformed media viewers”?”

The lads at Reason have caught Jon Stewart in an outright lie.

On June 19, Stewart appeared on Fox News and socratized anchor Chris Wallace thusly: “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers?” Stewart asked Wallace. “The most consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”

Reason cites a Politifact study:...particular Fox shows scored well above the average. Hannity & Colmes was one of only four choices to exceed 40 percent — the others were the New Yorker/the Atlantic, NPR and MSNBC’s Hardball — while The O’Reilly Factor scored 28 percent, or 10 points above the national average. (Hannity & Colmes even exceeded Stewart’s Daily Show in this poll, 42 percent to 30 percent.)

In all, this poll undercuts Stewart’s position even more than the 2007 poll did.”

“Fox actually scored better than its two direct cable-news rivals — MSNBC, which is a liberal counterpoint to Fox, and CNN, which is considered more middle-of-the-road. Also scoring lower than Fox were local television news, the evening network news shows and the network morning shows.

And for the third time, particular Fox shows scored well. Hannity ranked fifth (just ahead of MSNBC’s liberal shows hosted by Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow) and O’Reilly ranked ninth.”

What poll was Stewart even talking about? Oh, right, the intuitive one in his head that makes sense to him and contradicts all empirical evidence to the contrary.

[READ “Is Jon Stewart Correct that Fox News Viewers Are “the most consistently misinformed media viewers”?” at Reason.com]


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