Thursday, October 08, 2009
By Ole Ole Olson
News Junkie Post
Fox News of course tops the list. Others in the top 10 include the WorldNet Daily, Newsmax, and the Free Republic. Conservapedia is down at #37.
The top 50 conservative websites are a fascinating compilation that seems to be dominated by disinformation. That is, false information promoted in order to influence public opinion or the government. They demonstrate a high degree of alarmism coupled with a serious lack of journalistic integrity, which can be a noxious mix that helps ignorance grow.
1. Fox ‘news’
Let us examine some of these to demonstrate, starting with the mother of all propaganda outlets: Fox ‘News’. The website is ranked 236th in world traffic by updated figures (37th in the US), and has millions of nightly viewers. The fact that Fox is biased in undeniable, despite taking a page from the neocon book of ironic slogans with the phrase: “Fair and Balanced.” Fox has even taken talking points directly from Bush, sometimes via Murdoch.
Their assault on real journalism has been well established on the documentary Outfoxed [watch it here]. There are numerous photo collages revealing their tactics of labeling anyone in trouble as a Democrat. One can also check out watchdog site Media Matters for 6000+ pieces of evidence that prove Fox ‘News’ spreads disinformation. The point however, is that they are deliberately spreading ignorance to a very large audience, and that is dangerous and contagious. A recent Pew poll found Fox ‘News’ viewers came in last regarding their comprehension of national and international affairs.
This is perhaps most evident recently during the debate about health care reform. “72% of self-identified FOX News viewers believe the health-care plan will give coverage to illegal immigrants, 79% of them say it will lead to a government takeover, 69% think that it will use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, and 75% believe that it will allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing care for the elderly.”...(Remainder.)