Thursday, December 6, 2007

Here's to (Ever) Higher Education!

Here at Plus Ultra, we are aware that many young people out there look to us not just for laughs but also for insightful commentary on national and international affairs. That's why we are proud to bring you videos from both Comedy Central and Fox News, the only trouble is that it is tough to tell which are the joke videos and which is the insightful commentary! I guess you'll have to judge for your selves...good luck!

SURVEY: Daily Show/Colbert Viewers Most Knowledgable, Fox News Viewers Rank Lowest

From Think Progress

A new study by the Pew Research Study shows that viewers of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report have the highest knowledge of national and international affairs, while Fox News viewers rank nearly dead last.

Despite significant technology shifts, however, Pew found that “today’s citizens are about as able to name their leaders, and are about as aware of major news events, as was the public nearly 20 years ago.”

The results about Fox News echo findings of previous surveys. In 2003, University of Maryland researchers studied the public’s belief in three false claims — that Iraq possessed WMD, that Iraq was involved in 9/11, and that there was international support for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

The researchers stated, “The extent of Americans’ misperceptions vary significantly depending on their source of news. Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions.” Fox News viewers were “three times more likely than the next nearest network to hold all three misperceptions.”

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