Newt Gingrich in response to a question about AIDS for which he said he was not qualified to answer…
"One of the real changes that comes when you start running for president — as opposed to being an analyst on Fox — is I have to actually know what I’m talking about. It's a severe limitation."
Uh oh. I better watch myself or I'm gonna wake up one day and find myself being charmed by Newt Gingrich.
You know what? I'll bet that's the exact same thing Callista said to herself about 20 years ago.
Tags: Fox, Health, HIV/AIDS, Newt Gingrich, Quote Unquote
Say what you will about the media and its consistent utter failure to provide the nation with important information about its government and society.
The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30/10:30c.
Tags: Fox, New York Post, Rupert Murdoch, Stephen Colbert, Terrorism, The Colbert Report, Video
* Jimmy Kimmel overdubs A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with GOP debate soundbites. Delicious.
* From The Onion: American voices on the supercommittee.
* A perfectly spicy Thanksgiving meal from Megyn Kelly, via Funny or Die.
* This New Yorker cover links Thanksgiving and illegal immigration.
* The only thing more amusing than Schwarzenegger's Total Recall commentary would be a commentary on his time as California's Governator.
* Thank you for giving us this ecard, the internet.
Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger, California, Daily Links, Debates, Fox, Funny or Die, House of Representatives, Jimmy Kimmel, Republicans, The Onion
* The 99% make a new campaign poster for President Obama.
* Michele Bachmann plays word association on Jimmy Fallon (ugh).
* Under Newt Gingrich, your child won't have to wait to grow up in order to be a pilot, from HuffPo Comedy.
* Gawker covers Megyn Kelly's Fox gaffe and the comment boards go crazy.
* Mitt Romney's awkward poetry, from Mother Jones.
Tags: Daily Links, Fox, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, New Yorker, Newt Gingrich, Occupy Wall Street
Ever since a University of Maryland study declared Fox News viewers the "most misinformed" segment of America's news watching public, scholars and activists have sought to debunk or confirm the Huffing Glue Is More Informative than Watching Fox & Friends Hypothesis.
Now, for the sake of science and non-biased sampling, researchers at Farleigh Dickinson University have surveyed 612 adults, who as residents of New Jersey have probably experienced comparable exposure to noxious chemicals, to determine whether the choice of media outlet affects one's knowledge of current events…
…people who watch Fox News, the most popular of the 24-hour cable news networks, are 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watch no news at all (after controlling for other news sources, partisanship, education and other demographic factors). Fox News watchers are also 6-points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their government than those who watch no news.
"Because of the controls for partisanship, we know these results are not just driven by Republicans or other groups being more likely to watch Fox News," said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and an analyst for the PublicMind Poll. "Rather, the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all."
You mean to tell me the people who think
pizzapepper-spray is a vegetable, Egypt is adjacent to Iran, the Constitution has at least 28 Articles, and blankets are magical devices that get around the 1st law of thermodynamics, might not be providing viewers with the most accurate of news coverage? But where can Americans turn for objective, informed, accurate coverage of missing telegenic white children and other pressing matters?
And it seems Jon Stewart may be more reliable than cable news anchors. On Occupy Wall Street, the survey found viewers of "The Daily Show" were 12 percentage points more likely to say protesters were predominantly Democratic. MSNBC viewers were the most likely to say the protesters were mainly Republicans.
I'm sure this will put all debate on media objectivity to rest. Afterall, the study's principal investigator is the author of Consuming Politics: Jon Stewart, Branding, and the Youth Vote in America, so no one will dare question his objectivity on the matter.
Tags: Fox, Jon Stewart, New Jersey, Polls, The Daily Show