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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:24 PM

Fake study says Fox News viewers have lower IQs


A debunked new "study" was supposedly commissioned by moderate Republicans who want to move the party to the center

BY JILLIAN RAYFIELD


Over the weekend, a study that claimed Fox News viewers have low IQs went viral. But it turns out that the study was a big fake.

A press release about the study was posted on the website PRWeb, which distributes news releases online, and was then reposted by Yahoo News, and picked up by liberal sites like Daily Kos and Current.

The release said that a group called the “Intelligence Institute,” a “conservative non-profit group,” did a study finding that “Fox News viewers have an IQ that is 20 points lower than the U.S. National average.” The release claims that the study was conducted over four years, tested 5,000 people, and found that Fox News viewers have an IQ of 80, compared with the national average of 100.

The release also included sensationalistic quotes from lead researcher “P. Nichols” about the findings, such as, “We have never seen such a homogeneous group teetering so close to special needs levels.”

Michael Giltz from Huffington Post debunked the study last night, speaking with Nichols, who would not give his first name, the name of the Republican PAC he claims backed the study, or the names of anyone else involved with it. He essentially copped to it all being a hoax.

For one thing, Nichols admitted to inventing the Intelligence Institute with his team for the purpose of legitimizing the study. Additionally, Nichols was not actually the “lead researcher,” as the press release claims. He said he would describe himself more as ”publicity” or “maybe project manager?”

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full article:
http://www.salon.com/2012/12/10/fake_study_says_fox_news_viewers_have_lower_iqs/

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Reply Fake study says Fox News viewers have lower IQs (Original post)
DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
annabanana Dec 2012 #1
banned from Kos Dec 2012 #2
cthulu2016 Dec 2012 #3
Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #4
Historic NY Dec 2012 #5
Turbineguy Dec 2012 #6
Beartracks Dec 2012 #7
valerief Dec 2012 #8
frogmarch Dec 2012 #9

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:26 PM

1. It is all equal parts hysterical and very very sad.

Those poor folks don't know whether to shit or go blind over there...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:27 PM

2. I hate liars.

 

See plenty on both sides - mostly on the right though.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:27 PM

3. Nobody could have really believed it... but many here wanted to

20 points is a stunning, staggering, ginormous number of points for an average difference.

Like a fair amount of stuff posted here, that piece had run out of credibility before the end of the headline.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:40 PM

4. Absolutely.

I called bullshit at the time.

It pretty much pisses me off when left-wing & otherwise honest sites like Reader Supported News give space to this shit. It puts our credibility in the same shitter as Fox & Drudge dwell in.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:46 PM

5. well we do know there is a study that shows they are dumber.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:01 PM

6. Yeah, that 20 points,

talk about underplaying your hand.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:01 PM

7. If it's a fake study, Fox talking heads will surely rail against it! n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:08 PM

8. Maybe the study was fake, but the claims weren't. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:12 PM

9. Fine, but I'll bet

a lot of Fox viewers do bark at vacuum cleaners.

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