Fox News Responds to Misinformation Study with Misinformation

Brian Stelter at Media Decoder reported on a study from the University of Maryland’s on how misinformed news consumers were when concentrating on just one news source. Even though it found that consumers of MSNBC and public broadcasting were also misinformed about some topics, viewers of Fox News were drastically more misinformed.

When asked to comment on this finding, Fox News senior vice president of news editorial Michael Clemente said, “‘The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland among the top schools for having “Students Who Study The Least” and being the “Best Party School” – given these fine academic distinctions, we’ll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was “researched” with.’”

Stelter oh so subtly points out that Clemente was spreading even more misinformation in that statement. Princeton Review has placed the University of Maryland as one of the best northeastern universities, and it is not the “Best Party School,” ranking at #19.

You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

It’s frustrating that citizen journalists get the bad rap for accuracy when the guy who oversees objective news programming at Fox carelessly throws around such arrogantly inaccurate quips.

Study: Some Viewers Were Misinformed by TV News (Media Decoder)

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