Re “Liberals, watch Fox and learn” (Letters, Feb. 15): Reliable studies have shown that Fox viewers are not only less knowledgeable than viewers of other news outlets, but that “Watching Only Fox News makes you less informed than watching no news at all” (Michael B. Kelley; Business Insider; May 22, 2012).
The letter writer was correct about one thing: you are definitely “missing something.” You are missing the ability to think critically, research your sources and put forth an intelligent argument. The reason your “Democratic friend” opts out of political arguments with you is because many of us have found it a waste of time and energy trying to have an “intelligent” conversation with people who base their opinions only on what they see on Fox.
Another letter writer ( “It wasn’t Williams’ first lie,” Feb. 15) stated the media is under “liberal control.” I urge both writers to research Rupert Murdoch’s business interests, as well as the number of conservative radio stations vs. liberal radio stations across the country. The reason Fox has so many viewers isn’t because it’s popular; it’s because Fox (like conservative radio) have monopolized the markets. Every hotel has Fox. MSNBC? Very few, if any.
Mary VanDerostyne, Ripon
Editor’s note: The “PublicMind” study cited by Kelley was performed by Fairleigh Dickinson University. It found that Fox-only viewers were the least informed, followed closely by MSNBC-only viewers or those who watched no news at all. Fox News has disputed the findings. A Pew Charitable Trust study found that viewers of the Daily Show and visitors to major daily newspaper websites were the most well-informed followed by viewers of Newshour (PBS), O’Reilly Factor (Fox) then listeners of NPR and Rush Limbaugh.