Saturday, April 24, 2004
University of Maryland researchers found that Fox News viewers were four times more likely than National Public Radio listeners to believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, that most of the world supported the Iraq war, that U.S. forces found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They didn't just believe Pentagon spin, they believed things that are completely -- and demonstrably -- false. But here's the rub: CBS ranked right behind Fox with a 71 percent score, while CNN and NBC tied as the best-performing commercial broadcast audience at 55 percent. Forty-seven percent of print media readers held at least one misperception.
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