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April 9, 2020

Stunning Poll: Those with ‘Conservative News Diet’ Like Fox News Twice as Uninformed on Coronavirus Deadliness

Filed under: Drugs, Education, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 19:13

Stunning Poll: Those with ‘Conservative News Diet’ Like Fox News Twice as Uninformed on Coronavirus Deadliness

People who consume news sources like Fox News are more than twice as likely to be uninformed about the coronavirus as those who take in sources like CNN and MSNBC, according to a stunning new survey conducted by Gallup.

The Knight Foundation/Gallup poll published Thursday broke down results by “news diet,” which in the case of a “conservative news diet” meant “those who cite only conservative news sources (e.g., Fox News, Breitbart, One America News, the National Review) as top sources.”

But on a key matter of fact regarding the Covid-19 disease, the results were devastating. A full 57 percent of the conservative news consumers falsely believe that the coronavirus is “less deadly than or as deadly as flu,” versus only 28 percent of those with a “liberal news diet” believing the same statement.

Even the most optimistic current data shows the coronavirus is many times deadlier than the seasonal flu.

More at the link above.    Hugs




  1. Quote from the article: Motivated reasoning — the tendency to find messages we want to believe as more convincing — appears to be the primary driver of this partisan gap.

    Personally, as concerns the coronavirus and other potential dangers, I’d much rather be safe than sorry so I’ll take the precautions even if Trump or Faux News tell me they’re unnecessary.

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    Comment by Nan — April 9, 2020 @ 19:52

    • Hello Nan. Yesterday Ron went out to get groceries. The first store he went to everyone was wearing masks and gloves. The second store he said he only saw one person wearing gloves and no one but himself was wearing a mask. Seems in our area there are a large group of people still not taking this seriously. Ron came home pissed off. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — April 10, 2020 @ 04:01

      • I’ve read that masks are very important but the virus will stick to gloves and it would then pass from one object to another. Better to use your hands and then use hand sanitizer after shopping and then thoroughly wash your hands when you get home and have unloaded the supplies.

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        Comment by Nan — April 10, 2020 @ 13:16

        • Hello Nan. PPE stands for personal protective equipment. I agree with you that both gloves and hands will move the virus if it is on them ( unless you use the treated gloves ) but that is really not the point. The point is to keep the virus on the products off your own skin. Once you check out and go to your car, take a disinfectant spray you keep in your trunk to spray the groceries and bags and also your gloves as you place the groceries into your car. At this point remove your gloves properly. For cloth gloves place them into a bag or container to take home and wash and spray your hands again. Ron keeps paper towels ( and regular towels ) in the back of the car for drying his hands after either spraying or gelling them. For latex gloves such as Ron uses he disposes of them properly. The rest of what you say about washing your hands and using sanitizer is good advice. But using gloves is really important also. The virus is both droplet and airborne. The first defence against droplets spreading the virus is masks, they hold most of the droplets in and from flying out. Then for the ones that do land on stuff that can spread this virus gloves are your next best defence. Hugs


          Comment by Scottie — April 10, 2020 @ 18:41

          • I won’t deny your points. All I’ll say is what I’ve read is that gloves have their drawbacks.

            In any case, based on your description, it sounds like Ron has it down to the nth degree on how to stay safe … and THAT is the bottom line.

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            Comment by Nan — April 10, 2020 @ 18:44

  2. Scottie, not a surprise. This has been a historical trend on most issues. When someone tells you what you want to hear, that is not news. That is regurgitation. Keith

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    Comment by Keith — April 10, 2020 @ 08:11

    • Hello Keith. I am often accused of being in a news bubble. Or that I am in an echo chamber. But I think State Propaganda TV aka Fox News takes the prize for that. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — April 10, 2020 @ 16:40

      • Scottie, if I were a Conservative voter and found out I had been misled for so many years by Fox, Breitbart, and the shock jocks, I would be ticked off. An underreported story is how many unfilled positions, how many acting directors and how great the turnover is in this White House. This is just one reason the COVID-19 response has been so poor at the federal level. The military has a term for this management – the word begins with cluster and ends with a sexual term. Keith

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        Comment by Keith — April 10, 2020 @ 17:02

        • Hello Keith. I am well aware of that often used word. While you are angry at being misled and I am angry at the lies, the cult followers won’t be. They just accept it. Maybe they think they misunderstood or they agree with the idea it was a brilliant strategy by their Dear Leader. Either way they won’t be angry at tRump. We seen farmers lose their family farms that still say they will vote for him again. Hugs


          Comment by Scottie — April 11, 2020 @ 07:26

          • Sadly, true. Mark Twain said it best, “It is easier to fool someone than convince him he has been fooled.” Keith

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            Comment by Keith — April 11, 2020 @ 07:29

  3. You know this story is literally the definition of fake news? It was overwhelmingly debunked and ridiculed by even the MSM. I assume it’s a parody post?


    Comment by savecali2 — April 23, 2020 @ 18:54

    • Hello savecali2. Sorry the story is true and you are spreading “fake news” I have posted before how State Propaganda TV AKA Fox News viewers are far more misinformed than even people who do not normally follow news.

      There is a reason why. SPTV does have a couple news shows. However the shows most watched, that have the largest audiences, are the opinion shows that have no responsibility to promote facts. They are free to spout whatever wild idea they want that gets them ratings, so they do.
      That is why those viewers are so incorrect on the news. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — April 24, 2020 @ 04:37

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