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Excerpt: "Study shows that the Americans who watch Fox News have an average IQ of 80, whereas the national average is 100. Researchers were not 'shocked' by findings."

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File photo, Fox News logo. (photo: Fox News)



Study: Fox News Viewers Have an IQ 20 Points Below US Average

Satire

By PRWeb

09 December 12

PROBLEM WITH THIS STORY! We originally obtained this story from Yahoo News. While we published it in good faith there appears now to be serious doubt that the story is authentic. Even though Yahoo has not removed or retracted the story we advise caution in considering the claims made here. Quoting this report is not recommended. Our sincere apologies.

- RSN Editorial Staff

tudy shows that the Americans who watch Fox News have an average IQ of 80, whereas the national average is 100. Researchers were not "shocked" by findings.

The results of a 4 year study show that Americans who obtain their news from Fox News channel have an average IQ of 80, which represents a 20 point deficit when compared to the U.S. national average of 100. IQ, or intelligence quotient, is the international standard of assessing intelligence.

Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group, tested 5,000 people using a series of tests that measure everything from cognitive aptitude to common sense and found that people who identified themselves as Fox News viewers and 'conservative' had, on average, significantly lower intelligent quotients. Fox Viewers represented 2,650 members of the test group.

One test involved showing subjects a series of images and measuring their vitals, namely pulse rate and blood pressure. The self-identified conservatives' vitals increased over 35% when shown complex or shocking images. The image that caused the most stress was a poorly edited picture of President Obama standing next to a "ghostly" image of a child holding a tarantula.

Test subjects who received their news from other outlets or reported they do not watch the news scored an average IQ of 104, compared to 80 for Fox News viewers.

Lead researcher, P. Nichols, explains, "Less intelligent animals rely on instinct when confronted by something which they do not understand. This is an ancient survival reaction all animals, including humans, exhibit. It's a very simple phenomenon, really; think about a dog being afraid of a vacuum cleaner. He doesn't know what a vacuum is or if it may harm him, so he becomes agitated and barks at it. Less intelligent humans do the same thing. Concepts that are too complex for them to understand, may frighten or anger them."

He continues, "Fox News' content is presented at an elementary school level and plays directly into the fears of the less educated and less intelligent."

The researchers said that an IQ of 80 is well above the score of 70, which is where psychiatrists diagnose mental retardation. P. Nichols says an IQ of 80 will not limit anyone's ability to lead happy, fulfilling lives.

The study did not conclude if Fox News contributed to lowering IQ or if it attracts less intelligent humans.

P. Nichols concludes that he wasn't shocked by the studies' results, rather how dramatic their range. "Several previous studies show that self-identified conservatives are less intelligent than self-identified moderates. We have never seen such a homogeneous group teetering so close to special needs levels."

See Also: Study Finds Fox News Viewers Least Informed of All Viewers

 

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+81 # The Voice of Reason 2012-12-09 12:23
hahaha. is this like when Kim Jong Il 'reportedly' was voted sexiest man ?
 
 
+55 # portiz 2012-12-09 16:55
Am I the only person surprised that Fox viewers have IQs 20 point below the US average? I expected them to be a lot dumber than that! :-D
 
 
+19 # 666 2012-12-09 18:50
just another reason why the "lowest common denominator" approach characteristic of today's business & media is a total failure. Stoopid peopl rool!!
 
 
0 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:20
sorry666 "Cunning people rule".
 
 
+62 # Pickwicky 2012-12-09 17:46
I wish I could laugh, too--but oh, baby, these people vote.
 
 
-9 # wantrealdemocracy 2012-12-09 19:44
Don't worry about the ill effects of these dum dums voting. Voting is not of any meaning---it is all a dog and pony show to entertain the dum dums and make them think they have some effect on anything. The bad thing is that these people will not join the major demonstrations that are needed to change this rotten government. These fools are so dumh they support our corrupt federal
officials.
 
 
+7 # Pickwicky 2012-12-10 14:47
Want--cynical and false. Voting put Obama in the White House. A few more "dum dums" voting could have put Romney in the White House--so don't tell me "voting is not of any meaning . . ."
 
 
+8 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:24
Right and if you are too lazy to vote don't complain. Say thanks ~ in Australian you must vote, have a good excuse to not vote, or be fined for not even contributing your opinion.
 
 
+1 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:18
Well the story author even sounds phony PR Web = Public Relations World Wide Web = internet. So yes like Kim Jong is very Ill looking not sexiest monkey even to other than a dead daddy.
 
 
+159 # Toribeth 2012-12-09 12:37
OMG This report simply validates the self-evident.
 
 
+23 # readerz 2012-12-09 14:49
It is evident that many have pellagra, which lowers brain function. Any B vitamin deficiency does this. Pellagra is a lack of niacin (B-3) in the diet, and causes dementia. It is also caused by consumption of corn that has not been soaked in lye or cal (see Alton Brown if you are not familiar with this: the B vitamins are locked into corn and cannot be digested, but it can also prevent other niacin sources from being absorbed). This is basically the southern diet: grits, cornbread, molasses (which is a good source of iron and calcium but not niacin). This test of conservatives simply shows that they have a serious malnutrition problem, not that they are thin, but that they are eating the wrong foods.

A similar problem can occur in those who do not eat enough vitamin B-12 (cobalamin), which also causes dementia. Vegetarians should eat some seaweed, the only vegetables that have B-12. So this can also be a problem for the vegetarians too. Elderly that were given B-12 shots retained their mental focus into very old age.
 
 
+1 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:28
Agreed and Fox followers the loss of Vitamin B is the booze and MJ they consume as a daily ritual of lowered mentality. QED.
 
 
+21 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-12-09 17:22
Fox News viewers do not see the self-evident. This great report, if and when somehow presented to Fox News viewers will make them quite angry. And it "should." Same response as dog to a vacuum cleaner.
 
 
+1 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-12-10 22:21
Quoting Toribeth:
OMG This report simply validates the self-evident.

SO TRUE! If there were ever a group to that is believed to have nanobot filled skulls (courtesy of FIXED NOOZ LIES), THEY'RE THAT GROUP!
 
 
-17 # Brian Flaherty 2012-12-09 12:40
I agree that Fox News watchers tend to the "lower end"[According to my own personal and empirical observations over many years ]. . However, THIS test is pure bunkum!

More pseudo-science. . Kinda like the science "promoted" by Fox News itself??
 
 
+73 # DemocracyNeedsDefenders 2012-12-09 13:49
Don't worry! So 5,000 is a tad small as surveys go, but now you can wink and patronize whenever some soul confesses to watching it. Just think, it's no longer "Bill O'Reilly said", its "I saw - ahem - Bill O'Reilly on - um, ahem - Fox. You know I don't normally watch, but - ahem, um...... "
It's not often life delivers these little pleasures.
 
 
+95 # oldleftie 2012-12-09 12:42
As much as I'd like to believe this story, I've come to the conclusion that it's a joke. You can't find any home page for the Intelligence Institute, and if you call the number "P.Nichols" lists on his documentation, you're transferred to a personal cell.
 
 
+35 # JCM 2012-12-09 14:42
If you do a search, it appears to be a fake, however likely.
 
 
+2 # rockieball 2012-12-11 08:59
Of course it's a fake. You can do your own research though and find out that it also is true. All you have to do is talk to a constant Fox News watcher and find out the story is a fake because their IQ and knowledge of what is going on in this world is even lower.
 
 
+9 # oldleftie 2012-12-09 16:51
Seems that there is an "intelligence institute" website, but I'm skeptical that it's for real. It looks like one of those homemade jobbies, and certainly doesn't reflect the kind of "research" that "P. Nichols" discusses.
 
 
+1 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:37
With the author listed as P/R Web = Public Relations WWW to me that doesn't search well or add credibility. The only indication the conclusion is right on is Murdoch has from start of Sundy Times Perth West Australia rag, has played to the Sunday morons of football, meat pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars. Such peasants pay for junk the higher IQ's wouldn't even consider buying his junk.
 
 
+10 # MichaelStrong 2012-12-09 17:00
intelligence-in stitute.com is the URL. I googled and got that immediately. Don't know how you missed it. And the link to the page works - that said - the site looks like a link farm fraud, one of the later one that actually looks for a while like a real site with real articles. Just that the links go to odd places with cross links that don't seem to make sense.
 
 
+11 # chinaski 2012-12-09 23:14
I would have to agree with the previous posters on this one. Gotta be a fake. There's just NO WAY their IQ's are that high. I would say they're imbeciles with untapped moron potential, with an occasional backslide down into idiot.
 
 
+1 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:41
Ha ha Chinaski "their IQ's are that high. I would say they're imbeciles with untapped moron potential, with an occasional backslide down into idiot." By George I think you got it. King harrison and P.R.Web
 
 
+1 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:39
Well now search the author Mr, Mrs, or MS P.R.Web. and Use Bing not Google which is about to mess up soon.
 
 
+72 # Barbara K 2012-12-09 12:45
No kidding! I think we normal people already knew that. All we have to do is think of the people we know who watch the hate and nonsense spread on FAKE NOOZ. Wish they could just shut them down. It would improve the intelligence of many Americans, I think. They absorb that nonsense all day and believe the most ridiculous crap they are told. Something is wrong that they are allowed to spread lies like that. It is not Free Speech, it is abuse of Free Speech and Assassination of people's characters. Wonder why they don't get sued out of business? Defamation of Character is offensive.
 
 
+3 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:43
Of Course you are right look 47% voted for that Moron Romny and GOP Tealeaves.
 
 
+1 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-12-10 22:18
Quoting Barbara K:
No kidding! I think we normal people already knew that. All we have to do is think of the people we know who watch the hate and nonsense spread on FAKE NOOZ. Wish they could just shut them down. It would improve the intelligence of many Americans, I think. They absorb that nonsense all day and believe the most ridiculous crap they are told. Something is wrong that they are allowed to spread lies like that. It is not Free Speech, it is abuse of Free Speech and Assassination of people's characters. Wonder why they don't get sued out of business? Defamation of Character is offensive.

Actually, I thought their IQ's average was much lower. Most of them have brain stems and behave like people without fully developed brains, anyway. Small surprise.
 
 
+111 # fredboy 2012-12-09 12:50
This comes as quite a shock. I didn't think they had any IQ at all!
 
 
+145 # StPete 2012-12-09 12:53
One of my fave quotes re political and social conservatives:

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
--John Stuart Mill
 
 
+81 # scotler 2012-12-09 13:15
What you wrote is a paraphrase. The actual quote is somewhat different:
"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it."
 
 
+34 # tswhiskers 2012-12-09 12:58
Is this really true? I'm surprised simply because this feeds into my own prejudice against Fox News. Wow! I knew that Fox usually spreads truthiness instead of the truth and seldom allows facts to get in the way of their storytelling. But the additional story linked at the bottom of the page also woke me up a bit. I watch MSNBC a lot and it says people who watch MSNBC exclusively are often uninformed on foreign affairs. So I guess this is a wakeup call for me too. Thanks for this story.
 
 
+26 # tedrey 2012-12-09 13:04
We need a good follow-up study to decide between the two alternate explanations. I propose a period during which Fox News provides verifiable and accurate news. Afterwards we ascertain whether the viewers have (A) become more intelligent (in which case it was the fault of Fox programming, or (B) changed channels in search of what they wanted (in which case it was their own fault.)
 
 
+20 # scotler 2012-12-09 13:11
Take this off the RSN site! it is embarrassing and off-putting to post such obviously fake news. Doesn't anyone verify before publishing?
 
 
+11 # oldleftie 2012-12-09 14:17
awww, c'mon scotler! Chill!
 
 
+17 # alan17b0 2012-12-09 14:18
Quoting scotler:
Take this off the RSN site! it is embarrassing and off-putting to post such obviously fake news. Doesn't anyone verify before publishing?

I second the motion. "P. Nichols"?
"The Intelligence Institute"?

Alan McConnell, in Silver Spring MD
 
 
+3 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:50
Quoting alan17b0:
Quoting scotler:
Take this off the RSN site! it is embarrassing and off-putting to post such obviously fake news. Doesn't anyone verify before publishing?

I second the motion. "P. Nichols"?
"The Intelligence Institute"?
I third ot and ask who the author P.R.Web represents?

Alan McConnell, in Silver Spring MD
 
 
0 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:52
By the way the author is given as By. PR WEB and Wikipedia search gave "Vocus (redirect from PRWeb)

PRWeb: PRWeb offers online visibility and publicity to organizations big and small through online press release distribution, which is sold .."
 
 
-180 # Robt Eagle 2012-12-09 13:16
Very interesting study. Where is this published? By the way, it would be ery much in Obama's methodology to have the FCC revoke FOX News license to broadcast as they actually have differing points of view on their many hours of shows. Obama does not like anything that ridicules his opinion, so as Emperor Obama gains more and more control, let's see if he doesn't sart to control the media. When that happens folks, better hide your weapons becaus the next step is to have a Federal weapons registration. The steps after that are very easy to follow, just check out 1930's and 1940's eastern Europe history. Folks, wake up, you re-elected someone who is very troubling and your freedoms will soon be restricted, but then you deserve what you are about to get for voting Obama in for a second term. Oh, and when we go off the fiscal cliff because Obama refuses to compromise at all, the poorest amongst us will surely sufer the most...but you'll balmae it on the Republicans, now won't you!
 
 
+39 # oldleftie 2012-12-09 14:14
Robt, I got a thousand bux sez nothing like you're predicting is going to happen. You don't happen to be a southerner, are ya? Anyway, you ready to put up or shut up, or are you just the "sunshine patriot" who will say anything he feels like as long as he doesn't have to pay for it?
 
 
+9 # elmont 2012-12-09 17:25
Quoting oldleftie:
Robt, I got a thousand bux sez nothing like you're predicting is going to happen. You don't happen to be a southerner, are ya? Anyway, you ready to put up or shut up, or are you just the "sunshine patriot" who will say anything he feels like as long as he doesn't have to pay for it?


Hey, oldleftie, wanna share the action? How about we split it, $500 each? BTW, I am a southerner (kinda sorta; raised there but now live up north), and trust me, we're not all morons.
 
 
-17 # Robt Eagle 2012-12-10 09:58
oldeftie, nope, not a southerner, born and bred on Long Island, NY and have been paying taxes since age 16, just turned 60 a week ago. Two kids in the US Navy, both graduates fo the US Naval Academy, oldest son a Navy SEAL who has been deployed to Afghanistan twice; my daughter is stationed out of Pearl Harbor on a guided missile cruiser, had already been three years on a destroyer out of Nrofolk of which 6 months chasing pirates off of Somalia and Yemen; my youngest son owns a food truck business in Rockaway Beach and just spent a month working for a non-profit feeding 500 to a thousand meals daily to residents, civil servants, and volunteers helping those who suffered from Hurricane Sandy. I own my own business with employees who are happy and enjoy their work helping others in our day to day operations. And you betcha that I am Conservative because no one deserves anything for nothing. I was out of my house at the age of 16, and have worked to survive and by diligence built a business. On my weekends for 39 summers I have saved lives on the ocean, and in the winter on the weekends I instruct skiing. I train youngsters to become ocean lifeguards, and they in turn have save many, many lives. Why should the gov't take our taxes and give it to those less fortunate??? That would be our choice through charity, of which I give plenty to those who I choose to give it to. Gov't isn't designed to provide for the less fortunate!!!
 
 
+14 # oldleftie 2012-12-10 13:20
Well Robert, if you are being honest, you certainly deserve my respect. Of course, we'll never know, will we? In the meantime, your take on government support of course makes no sense, since if it wasn't for the government taking tax money and giving it to the less fortunate, your children would have had to pay for their educations at USNA, and wouldn't have jobs today.
 
 
-3 # Robt Eagle 2012-12-12 12:27
oldletie, my children are giving back for their educations by serving to protect your freedom to be able to write on this site. My children have suffered incredibly so that you have the nice things you do, I do believe that is payment for their education. My youngest son went to CU Boulder and has a degree in English and History. No jobs for that education, so he created his own business. By the way...all true information has been written by me about my life.
 
 
+8 # ncberns 2012-12-10 14:50
Robt, it's this thing about living in a "society" where folks kinda look after each other. Much the way you're doing, though most folks aren't that good at it. So they "hire" the government to provide for the less fortunate. They also build the roads your son's truck travels, plow them when the snow falls, track the weather so he knows what's brewing, make sure your employees have a bit to fall back on when their days are short, hire those lifeguards you train. About the most honorable thing any government can do is provide for those who can't. That's much nicer than turning them into Soylent Green....
 
 
+8 # PGreen 2012-12-10 15:07
Good things you do, though I think that there are more noble institutions than the military; still I honor your/their intentions. The charity work is great.
While I am glad that the system works for you, there are MANY people for whom, despite hard work and through no fault of their own, it does not. Private charity is simply insufficient to address such a structural deficiency. I don't think that you understand that, and doubt that anything I could say would convince you otherwise. But I will say this:
Government at its best restrains excess, individually, corporately and within itself. It also provides a safety net. Most right-wing critics of government simply want to protect their own interests (including those people and institutions they identify with) under the guise of restricting government. Military institutions also function to maintain an economic hierarchy-- advantageous to those with the most influence, but not others-- even more than protect the national interest. The two are not synonymous.
 
 
-2 # Robt Eagle 2012-12-12 12:34
PGreen, If the tax was decreased, more of the wealthy would give increased amounts to their charitable concerns. By the way, it is pretty common knowledge that Conservatives give way more to charity than liberals...why is that? Oh, they actually earn money and pay taxes, while the take, take, take liberals give nothing back to society. Think it through, please...Conser vatives are NOT the heartless bastards you make them out to be. The most philanthropic people are usually the richest, take Bill Gates, for instance. Even look at Mitt Romney...he gave more than 10% to charity. Did any of the big talkers like Harry Reid, Pelosi, Obama for that matter? No way. How about John Kerry? What did that charleton give to charity? So check out the facts and realize that charity works better than government and then we would all feel better and have more to spend without the costs of the government administation costs added on top of processing out taxes.
 
 
+2 # PGreen 2012-12-13 13:00
Rich people are often philanthropic people, though many poorer people give as well. The wealthy by definition have extraordinarily resources and can easily give much-- though some only choose to give when it costs them little (tax breaks, etc.) This reluctance is more understandable in those of lesser means, is it not? There are many anecdotal examples of rich or important people-- both conservatives and liberals-- making charitable and humanistic contributions that you can find if you look honestly. "Heartlessness, " in the charitable sense I think you mean it, is not so much a product of ideology as extreme wealth. (There are variations of course.) It is almost always achieved through an obsession that isolates the achiever and shapes them to sympathy for particular (extremely hierarchical) social and political relationships. The maintenance of this economic hierarchy involves degrees of exploitation of others and (often unseen) misery for many. The acknowledgement that this misery is due to the system's vastly uneven economic distribution may be the first step toward really addressing the problem.
 
 
+2 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 19:13
Quoting oldleftie:
Robt, I got a thousand bux sez nothing like you're predicting is going to happen. You don't happen to be a southerner, are ya? Anyway, you ready to put up or shut up, or are you just the "sunshine patriot" who will say anything he feels like as long as he doesn't have to pay for it?

Ha Ha he's a Foximoron
 
 
+59 # ncberns 2012-12-09 14:19
Presumably this study was done by Fox News; they are extremely pleased with the results. If they can just manage to lower scores by another five points, they can bring Glen Beck back....
 
 
+21 # ncberns 2012-12-09 14:20
Always good to hear from a Fox News viewer....
 
 
+54 # myungbluth 2012-12-09 15:25
Well, Mr Eagle, you touched on the FCC, claimed that Obama "does not like anyone that ridicules his opinion" - you know, UNLIKE every other human being, called Obama an "Emperor", claim (with no evidence whatsoever) that Obama wants to control the media - like, you know, ALL of it, and will pursue "weapons registration" (even though he hasn't done that in 4 years of his presidency), while you threw in the "fiscal cliff", and claimed Obama "will not compromise" despite the fact he compromised with the obstructionist, do-nothing congress ever since he took office. Well......sound s to me that you have a little trouble CONCENTRATING on a topic - you know, like the survey about FOX news viewers. Thank goodness you're not one of those low IQ folks that say all the same things that you do!
 
 
+54 # David Starr 2012-12-09 15:44
@Robt Eagle: Yeah, right, there's a LaRouchian-like conspiracy going on with Obama at the head of it. After all, isn't he "Hitler," a "witch doctor," a "noncitizen," a "jihadist Muslim," an "evil socialist," among other things? You may as well add a "secret gay not out of the closet," the "Anti-Christ," the "Devil," and an "emperor" (cuz you said he is...just because, right?)

Since you probably beleive all this, you probaly think rape is legitimite.

Are you for real? Or a 1950s caricature?
 
 
+2 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 19:23
Lol to all that David Starr said (Star of David) yes but at least Obama isn't aa Fox News Groupie.
 
 
-4 # Robt Eagle 2012-12-12 14:11
David, what will you do when all the evil that Obama has injected into the US by way of class warfare and his race card being used so often...what will you do when all the predictions come true "under Obama's watch", blame it on GW???
 
 
+2 # David Starr 2012-12-12 16:02
@Robt Eagle: What will you do when the Right further discredits itself (which ironically, is a positive thing)?

So, I can accurately say you don't mind legitimate rape, among other Right-wing "proposals.?" I guess an Akin is more your type for "president."

As for W (Witless), he's sure proof that the Right can be so wrong. He can, e.g., be blamed for a $10 trillion dollar debt that extended into Obama's term(s), leaving someone else to clean up the mess. How long will it take? That's a hell of a challenge for anyone, and the "bleeding" won't stop immediately, right? In fact, the "bleeding" not surprisely, has continued and will until there's the appropriate "turnacit" (wrong spelling) to clot it.

Class warfare, race card? So, we'll add these to your conpsiracy too. Are you actually Lyndon LaRouche?

Amazing how righties don't quite know how to use terms like this without their true meanings. For them, any bad word will do.
 
 
+69 # Timaloha 2012-12-09 15:57
Just when everyone is coming to agreement that this article is a hoax, Robt Eagle chimes in with the exact kind of uninformed rightwing, paranoid diatribe that makes such a study appear feasible.
 
 
-3 # Robt Eagle 2012-12-12 14:15
Timalaha, at what point when Obam's policies start to negatively affect you will you actually see the reality of it? The poorest in America and the lower portions of the "middle class" wil feel the upcoming economic destruction, they will feel it the most. Why do you think Obama will save anyone but himself and his cronies. He practices Chicago Politics at its worst, but no worries, you are so closed minded you will never see it coming. Worse yet you'll blame it on GW or the current Republicans. You really need to get your head into the sunlight and see what is really going on.
 
 
+25 # ABen 2012-12-09 16:19
Eagle; perhaps the thrust of this study struck a bit close to home?
 
 
+3 # rockieball 2012-12-10 08:57
Well I agree that this is not an authentic news article. Fox News watchers have on the average a much lower IQ.
 
 
0 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 18:53
Vocus (redirect from PRWeb)

PRWeb: PRWeb offers online visibility and publicity to organizations big and small through online press release distribution, which is sold ..Quoting Robt Eagle:
Very interesting study. Where is this published? By the way, it would be ery much in Obama's methodology to have the FCC revoke FOX News license to broadcast as they actually have differing points of view on their many hours of shows. Obama does not like anything that ridicules his opinion, so as Emperor Obama gains more and more control, let's see if he doesn't sart to control the media. When that happens folks, better hide your weapons becaus the next step is to have a Federal weapons registration. The steps after that are very easy to follow, just check out 1930's and 1940's eastern Europe history. Folks, wake up, you re-elected someone who is very troubling and your freedoms will soon be restricted, but then you deserve what you are about to get for voting Obama in for a second term. Oh, and when we go off the fiscal cliff because Obama refuses to compromise at all, the poorest amongst us will surely sufer the most...but you'll balmae it on the Republicans, now won't you!
 
 
+2 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 19:10
In fact I think Murdoch is opposing Government as an opposition Mushroom farmer. Also keeping you in the dark whilst feeding you Bulltoss.
Cheers all treat this story as a comic break RSN learned from Shakesperian theatre.
 
 
+69 # juliajayne 2012-12-09 13:17
This is purely satire, but it does ring kinda true. Remember that when you see your old Fox News watching uncle barking at the vacuum cleaner!
 
 
+18 # BlueReview 2012-12-09 16:51
ARE YOU MAKING FUN OF MY UNCLE?
 
 
+5 # rockieball 2012-12-10 09:00
No I think he's insulting the vacuum cleaner.
 
 
+63 # universlman 2012-12-09 13:27
Comparing confused Fox viewers to dogs barking at vacuum cleaners was priceless.

They really do seem to be confused by hard science though. Plus, they never seem to get it when they get it wrong.
 
 
+28 # 213mhayes 2012-12-09 13:30
I once saw a video when a FOX reporter asked Ron Paul how he responds to this supporter's question, "Have you ever had sex with Rick Perry?". It's questions like that, which are wholly non-credible, that make FOX's stereotype accurate beyond the bias.They should find something credible to report on.
 
 
+3 # rockieball 2012-12-10 09:07
Remember Fox to a fake story from the Onion about terrorist training chimps to use guns to shoot American Soldiers in Afghanistan and ran it as a factual news article. When they found out it was a satire and fake they never apologized for running it and just acted like it was a normal day. Yet Fox viewers still think that was a real story. I asked a person at the bar I go to that was talking about the story "Where did they get the chimps from?" He gave me a dumb look and an even dumber one when I pointed out that Chimps live in a wet jungle type climate not a desert mountain dry climate like Afghanistan. But they still watch it because they are to stupid and unable to accept reality.
 
 
+57 # DemocracyNeedsDefenders 2012-12-09 13:36
"The study did not conclude if Fox News contributed to lowering IQ ....." But it is quite likely.
Brings a smile to Sunday afternoon.
 
 
0 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 19:33
Dear Dekmocracy needs defenders & Dogsd Barking at Vacuume cleaners. Murdoch's first paper was the gossip rag Sunday Times West Australia, playing to the Aussie-morons, now he;s a Yank playing to Yankee Morons. Anuhow on Democracy deferners it's called Democracy Now. And defenders are great when delight were out, depo was full, I do it in defender 2.
 
 
+47 # David Starr 2012-12-09 13:49
Quoting: "The study did not conclude if Fox News contributed to lowering IQ or if it attracts less intelligent humans."

Both. One feeds on the other.
 
 
+38 # ghostperson 2012-12-09 14:01
The military won't take individuals with IQs of 80.
 
 
+22 # sameasiteverwas 2012-12-09 14:21
No worries. Chickenhawks rarely sign up anyway...

Article obv a rather poorly done satire -- maybe by a troll wanting then to crow how liberals were "taken in" by7 such blatant fraud?
 
 
+12 # NOMINAE 2012-12-10 03:01
Quoting ghostperson:
The military won't take individuals with IQs of 80.


That was true at one time.

It was also true that they didn't used to accept people straight out of prison, or people taking psych meds.

Now the psych meds are military issue, and the troops keep being rotated back into battle again and again.

Don't look too closely into modern recruiting requirements. The "standards" are now so low as to be practically non-existent.

Ex-cons are quietly, but enthusiasticall y welcomed.

This is truly NOT "your daddy's military" any more, often to the detriment of the entire country.
 
 
+4 # rockieball 2012-12-10 09:08
No but the Republican Congress will.
 
 
-3 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 19:37
Ghost says military won't take IQ 80's but they will if they are GBLT's ton substitute sio Generals won't take Musilim Ghostwriters and Consorts.
 
 
+8 # What Now Toons 2012-12-09 14:06
Why am I not surprised. Here's a cartoon I drew about these Foxy news people
http://www.whatnowtoons.com/images/fox-news-anniversary-what-now-366.jpg

See more cartoons at www.whatnowtoons.com
 
 
+1 # What Now Toons 2012-12-10 01:22
Links didn't work, oh well.
 
 
+21 # Mrcead 2012-12-09 14:07
I nearly wet myself laughing. But this is to be expected. Who else would projectile shouting, character assassination, word similarity = concept association, guest humiliation and fist pounding on desks attract?
 
 
+15 # tm7devils 2012-12-09 14:08
I'm at a loss...the article states that it is by "The Intelligence Institute, a CONSERVATIVE non-profit group"...???
One would think that the study probably has some merit - otherwise, if they weren't conservative and didn't watch Fox News, they would have had the intelligence to bury the results about themselves. One doesn't expect a conservative, and by implication a republican, to be honest about realities that go against their self-serving ideals.
 
 
+16 # trevorlasvegas 2012-12-09 14:11
DUH!

Having an IQ of 80 might not limit your ability to have a fulfilling life, but what about watching FOX News?
 
 
+16 # Scott479 2012-12-09 14:22
April 1st is a long ways off... though this still rings true.
 
 
+16 # timp 2012-12-09 14:39
As alluring as this information might be we shouldn't be sucked into a very FOX News-like blind acceptance of whatever we see here as fact. RSN should have filtered this little gem out. It should not have made it past the coarsest credible source filtration trap much less the finer BS filters.
 
 
+22 # Rainphase 2012-12-09 14:42
"The image that caused the most stress was a poorly edited picture of President Obama standing next to a "ghostly" image of a child holding a tarantula."

For some reason this strikes me as hilarious
 
 
+13 # cordleycoit 2012-12-09 14:44
Who do think watches Fox Rocket scientists?Fox has carefully built their audience. The babes and gloom and doom get to a lot of beer swillers and their fearful sisters love the talk of edless doom and the words like punishment excites no end. This audance represents Madison Ave at it's very best finding news that appeals to lowest and most common denominator. Go Jethro, go.
 
 
+22 # Maxwell 2012-12-09 14:46
People, I'm afraid I have to emphasize some ideas mentioned by volcanoexpert, oldleftie, and several others that suggested that this story is a joke, or even a hoax.

My Google searches on "The Intelligence Institute" and "P. Nichols" revealed nothing that supported this story. The sample group for this purported study is very small.

Please understand I am not at all a fan of Fox News. I think that Fox "news" is nothing less than a cheer-leading organization for the Republican Party.

So, while it's a lot of fun to have "proof" that Fox News viewers are a lot dumber than Us Cool Kids, I would have to see more detail and better verification than this story has provided to believe it.
 
 
+27 # moreover 2012-12-09 14:47
This article may the a study itself: how gullible liberal readers (like me) are when it comes to believing stuff they wish to be true :)
The sad fact is that a person's intelligence offers little protection against 1) being factually wrong, 2) having moral views that may seem terrible to others, and 3) being very effectively manipulated by repetitive propaganda.
 
 
+12 # lockerh 2012-12-09 14:48
For those readers above who doubt this study, there is a link above labeled "See also" to a Huffpo article that has more details about a couple of studies where people polled were asked questions about international and domestic issues and were given a score.

In those studies, Fox News viewers answered incorrectly more often than NPR and Daily Show viewers. But not only that, they answered incorrectly more often than people who claimed not to watch any TV news.

I think this might be due perhaps not only to a lower IQ but also to the fact that Fox News presents faux news more often than true news. After all, if you are given WRONG answers and believe those answers, you are more likely to respond with WRONG answers.

A low IQ, however, means that you would probably believe wrong answers more readily than a curious mind or open mind or more informed mind.

I think it is also likely that the r
 
 
-4 # Maxwell 2012-12-09 17:00
Quoting lockerh:
For those readers above who doubt this study, there is a link above labeled "See also" to a Huffpo article that has more details about a couple of studies where people polled were asked questions about international and domestic issues and were given a score.

In those studies, Fox News viewers answered incorrectly more often than NPR and Daily Show viewers. But not only that, they answered incorrectly more often than people who claimed not to watch any TV news.

I think this might be due perhaps not only to a lower IQ but also to the fact that Fox News presents faux news more often than true news. After all, if you are given WRONG answers and believe those answers, you are more likely to respond with WRONG answers.

A low IQ, however, means that you would probably believe wrong answers more readily than a curious mind or open mind or more informed mind.

I think it is also likely that the r

But did any of the sources you cite prove that "Fox News Viewers Have an IQ 20 Points Below US Average", or even address the issue of IQ?

(Sorry you evidently didn't finish your post...)
 
 
+11 # skeptick 2012-12-09 14:55
As much as I'd like to believe this story, I've come to the conclusion that it's a joke. You can't find any home page for the Intelligence Institute. . .

Au contraire, see http://www.intelligence-institute.com/index.html

See also http://service.prweb.com, the declared author of this piece.

They both appear to offer services to business entities, the former hawking "business intelligence" e.g. market information (did Fox News hire them for this purported study?) and the latter promotional services (who are they working for?).

At the very least it's bad form in this internet age to report a study and not offer a link to let the reader see for him/herself.
 
 
+11 # oldleftie 2012-12-09 16:56
skeptick, you're absolutely right. And I am so ashamed to have made a statement so obviously wrong that I'm willing to sell you my share of the Brooklyn Bridge just for what it will cost me for the shipping and handling of the certificate. Just send me 49.95......
 
 
+4 # candida 2012-12-09 14:57
oldleftie, i think you are telling the joke. And scotler, where do you come off making unsubstantiated claims? Or do neither of you know how to use Google? There IS a website for the Intelligence Institute. No Fox News study posted on their list of studies, but that's not strange given its newness. I've requested a copy of it from them. We shall see.
 
 
+2 # oldleftie 2012-12-09 16:49
we shall see, candida. I've got a thousand bucks for you if you're right, and all you have to do for me is apologize when you find out you're wrong. Did you look at the "Intelligence Institute" website? It's obviously a prank site. And there's no "P. Nichols" associated with it.
It's a prank.
 
 
+1 # oldleftie 2012-12-10 14:02
pssst. candida:

Since then, sites like Daily Kos have noted that the study was likely a hoax. And for good reason.

*The Intelligence Institute does not exist -- It was a name created by Nichols and his team to give the "study" they were releasing some credibility. They didn't even bother to create a fake website as a front for the imaginary group. However, that may change. Nichols said that this study/press release was so effective that now perhaps there was some value to the name of The Intelligence Institute and they might use it for other studies they did or perhaps even create an actual conservative non-profit group.
 
 
+11 # walt 2012-12-09 15:02
Fox New viewers are mostly drawn from types that blindly accept ideas without employing critical thinking and reasoning. Knowing this, Fox uses their captive minds to promote the right-wing ideas of their big-moneyed backers.

Just like the Tea Party members, they are pawns manipulated from above.
 
 
+16 # reiverpacific 2012-12-09 15:19
Interesting note that it was conducted by "The Intelligence Institute, a "conservative" non-profit group", so you can probably knock off quite a few more points.
Nevertheless as such, I wonder what their motives for the survey were (suspicious ol' earwiggin' thug that I am -but I came by it honestly via the US owner-media).
Be interesting to see where ClearChannel monopoly radio listeners (Mush Limp-ball's main outlet) come in?
But seriously, consider the question in a global context and you'll see that after all, you are talking about a country that has how many shopping channels? And soap opera recalls and game shows and vapid, mindless sitcoms.
Fox is lookin' better all the time but the bottom is so far down it's like an elevator pit compared with a penthouse library suite.
Mind you, although I loved my times there, Australian commercial TV was not much better from what I recall-Muck-doc 's influence perhaps?
Interesting corollary; Noam Chomsky, when he last spoke in Portland, OR, stated that he could always tell when a community had a strong Alternative media source or sources (Portland has several, topped off by KBOO 90.7 FM, -which I've programmed for) because of the quality of questions asked and the diversity of their questioners.
There is good stuff out there folks, without having to totally revert entirely to the foreign press.
 
 
+5 # MindDoc 2012-12-09 15:26
Well, how very interesting. Sure to bring some smiles, nodding heads and "well, duh!" responses, and just as certain (if this gets the same play a prior study did about factual knowledge among Fox users) to incite some anger &/or dismissiveness. What do we do with this, if demonstrable? "Cognitive dissonance" suggests those who think this untrue will find reasons, while those who see it as true will strengthen their belief. To me the fact that this came out of a conservative 'think tank' is itself fascinating. Again invoking cognitive dissonance, will the study authors stand behind their findings (while ducking rotten tomatoes from their own), or will they say, "ya know, we did this all wrong, never mind"? Either way...

As someone whose life work involves "intelligence" and its aspects, my "scientist hat" has me appreciating the statement here of how "correlation does not prove causality" (a science axiom). Does 'low IQ' news create dumbed-down viewers, or do already 'limited' thinkers naturally migrate to Fox? Either way....

In terms of "IQ" testing in this study, I've not seen the protocol, how (or if) they standardized and normed the test questions, nor how they drew their sample in the first place. That said, 'traditional' IQ test results emphasize different cognitive skills - attention/memor y and concentration on one hand, and also (importantly) the ability to conceptualize - grasp concepts, and problem solve. Either way... would love to see the study itself!
 
 
+7 # gslusher 2012-12-09 15:26
This is FAKE! Please take it OFF this site or at least identify it as fake. Publishing this nearly destroys RSN's credibility.
 
 
0 # gslusher 2012-12-09 15:37
To whomever puts a "negative" rating on my comment: Do you really think that this is real? If you do, that makes you even stupider than the fake study claims for Fox News viewers. it would take only seconds to find out that the "Intelligence Institute" is NOT a conservative think tank but a part of Western Illinois University.
 
 
+15 # Texas Aggie 2012-12-09 16:57
Everybody realizes that it's fake, but you get a negative for being such a stick in the mud and party pooper.
 
 
+1 # reiverpacific 2012-12-10 19:16
Quoting Texas Aggie:
Everybody realizes that it's fake, but you get a negative for being such a stick in the mud and party pooper.

Heh-heh! Good one.
 
 
+9 # oldleftie 2012-12-09 17:00
gee, gslusher, take your meds! I'm sure the negative vote wasn't disagreeing with your viewpoint, it was a comment on your self righteous indignation!
N.B.: The "Intelligence Institute" is NOT part of Western Illinois University. The WIU organization is "Institute Intelligence".
 
 
0 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 19:46
So whose this PR WEB author stated at the start of RSN story> Wiki says Vocus (redirect from PRWeb)

PRWeb: PRWeb offers online visibility and publicity to organizations big and small through online press release distribution, which is sold ..
 
 
+6 # Ray Kondrasuk 2012-12-09 17:03
N -a-a-a-a-a-y, gslusher!

Western Illinois University does not have an "Intelligence Institute", but rather a strategy consulting organization named "Institute Intelligence:

http://www.instituteintelligence.com/aboutus
 
 
+8 # Pickwicky 2012-12-09 17:58
The report above may not be legitimate, but it states what any truly intelligent person has observed. All those who watched Mary Matlalin on THIS WEEK this morning throw out big vocabulary words while lacking reasonable thinking to back up her claims, must have concluded that her purpose mainly consisted in trying to swat Paul Krugman down. This is an example of the above article's claim about [dumb] animals reacting to what they don't understand. The article got that one right.
 
 
+2 # Marvin Mandell 2012-12-09 15:31
Assuming that the study has some validity, doesn't it throw into question that CBS/NYT study some time ago concluding that Tea Partiers are better educated than most? As Richard Hofstadter pointed out, the extreme right wing in the U.S. has great status anxiety; hence of course they would lie to the so called pollsters about their income and their education.
 
 
+6 # Pickwicky 2012-12-09 18:02
The study showed that many Tea Baggers had college degrees. Just remember, Marvin--a college degree doesn't mean someone has a great education. I know quite a few 'college graduates' who are uneducated.
 
 
+14 # Gonzobattalion9 2012-12-09 15:32
Sounds about right. Too bad it's a fake study posted by a prankster. What bothers me is the lack of critical thought displayed by the people here. What can I say? Sometimes the readers of RSN behave exactly like the people who watch Faux News.

Being dumb does not mean having conservative opinions, being dumb means lacking critical thinking abilities. People holding conservative world views tend to be less critical than people holding progressive views, but unfortunately, there seem to be a good number of progressives who have misplaced their critical thinking abilities. It is also unfortunate that they tend to like to share this lack with the rest of the world by posting comments here and elsewhere.
 
 
+3 # Old Man 2012-12-09 15:42
Just think of all the pundits that are on Fox News much less the so called reporters that spew their "Crap" over the air waves....ha! that makes me laugh, thinking these people are below average.....tha t's why it isn't News it's just made-up crap.
I can't stand any of these Conservatives.
 
 
+14 # brenda 2012-12-09 15:46
Ha ha ha. I knew it was too good to be true. But there was a legitimate study that concluded that FOX "News" viewers were the least knowledgeable people in news and political information. Thanks for the laugh.
 
 
+1 # sapereaudeprime 2012-12-09 16:07
The real IQ test for Fox viewers is this: give them a measured volume of play-doh, and after one hour measure the amount not stuck in a bodily orifice. That volume divided by the original volume is the square of their IQ.
 
 
-7 # HiHho 2012-12-09 17:58
You sound about as uninformed as Fox News viewers are said to be. Your commets are course, rude and quite possibly place you in a category "below that of Fox viewers. Try searching for studies of IQs by religion, ethinic background, or blog readership (Truthout, WND, Newsmax and RSN). Heaven forbid, there is such a study by Union membership vs Union Bosses. Have a good weekend.
 
 
-25 # cafetomo 2012-12-09 16:17
It does not need to be fact. Only repeated, loudly and often enough. Now that they are divided from the rest of us, we can single them out for "special" treatment. Working them to death in camps, or simply gassing them worked well last time.
 
 
+1 # oldleftie 2012-12-09 17:03
Hey Richie! You really got to be careful when you try hiding behind a pseudonym if you don't have the intelligence to bury your identity!
 
 
+1 # cafetomo 2012-12-09 21:10
Quoting oldleftie:
Hey Richie! You really got to be careful when you try hiding behind a pseudonym if you don't have the intelligence to bury your identity!
You're absolutely right. And I am so ashamed to have made a statement so obviously wrong. How much was that Brooklyn Bridge? Throw in a tinfoil hat, and you got yourself a deal.
 
 
+5 # eoarchitect 2012-12-09 16:22
Of course we knew it. But we need to keep several things in mind (if possible). First, this is a correlative study, so it is quite possible that watching Fox News actually causes the mental function level of a chimpanzee rather than the other way around. Second, since 120 is the new 100, these IQ's qualify Fox viewers for disabiity benefits if they're willing to accept them. Thirdly, the 80 IQ result is a median score, so many, many Fox viewers have the intelligence of, well, foxes.
 
 
+3 # bingers 2012-12-09 20:20
eoarchitect, I laughed out loud, but didn't know whether to give you a thumbs up or down. ;o)
 
 
+2 # NOMINAE 2012-12-10 03:19
@ eoarchitect

Great analysis ! *Terrible* insult to 'Brer Fox !
 
 
+6 # ZarRV 2012-12-09 16:27
Not surprised, and I think watching that channel likely shaves a few more points from the IQ number.
 
 
+2 # HiHho 2012-12-09 18:22
Right. Do you think writing dumb blog comments raises or lowers IO scores?
 
 
+7 # Texas Aggie 2012-12-09 16:28
This is very likely something taken from an Onion site or a Borowitz site. But it's funny as hell and anyone who can't deal with it has problems.
 
 
+2 # jamal49 2012-12-09 16:28
The ignominy of it all! The research was done by a conservative group. One wonders how FOX will spin this one.
 
 
+1 # Akeel1701 2012-12-09 16:31
And this is news?
I think the Helix Aspersa is marginally less intelligent.... .
 
 
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2012-12-09 16:34
Probably a fake, though sufficiently convincing. But in partial support, see:

http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2011/knowless/
 
 
+7 # Ray Kondrasuk 2012-12-09 16:55
Tempering my disbelief about the credibility of the above study by the "Intelligence Institute" is this almost two-year-old item:

http://www.examiner.com/article/univ-of-maryland-study-finds-fox-news-viewers-to-be-misinformed-on-key-issues
 
 
+4 # chuckw38 2012-12-09 16:58
Low IQ's for Faux-"News" viewers thanks to the likes of the Limbaugh/ O'Rielly "Team" et.al. Of course, that's what they are there for: to confuse, fool, and jerk their viewers around as their ears take in all the Faux News crap with out question.... Poor viewers...
 
 
+11 # artdavidii 2012-12-09 17:07
OK... I just donated $ to RSN. It has been a great source for me during the election. But, now I believe that RSN needs to look much harder at what they print.

Please RSN: Be very very prudent. Report and print articles that have substance, truth, with provable facts and basis. Do you want my respect? Do you want my financial support? Print quality, not quantity.

The IQ - FOX article is an example of an article without merit. No substance, other than to kick the hell out of those who watch and embrace Fox.
 
 
+6 # ligonlaw 2012-12-09 17:07
This was a before and after study. Before watching Fox News, most of those studied jad IQs averaging 120 to 140. After watching Fox News for only six weeks, most of those studied were found to be drooling into their soup, dazed and confused.
 
 
-5 # scotler 2012-12-09 17:13
If this post does not come down off the RSN site, then this "news service" is a joke, and I will cancel my subscription.
 
 
+4 # bingers 2012-12-09 20:17
Quoting scotler:
If this post does not come down off the RSN site, then this "news service" is a joke, and I will cancel my subscription.


Not much of a loss if you have no sense of humor.
 
 
-13 # Martintfre 2012-12-09 17:39
// Fox News Viewers Have an IQ 20 Points Below US Average//

Impossible, stupid propaganda
-- there are no negative numbers for IQ measurement.
 
 
+10 # bingers 2012-12-09 20:16
Quoting Martintfre:
// Fox News Viewers Have an IQ 20 Points Below US Average//

Impossible, stupid propaganda
-- there are no negative numbers for IQ measurement.


UM, there is no negative number here. While I believe this to be an Onion type story, they are saying 80, not -80. Could be you're one of those referred to, judging by the lack of reading comprehension?
 
 
+1 # David Starr 2012-12-11 12:48
@Martintfre: The Right has the political disabilities to unintentially create a negative IQ measurement.

This may be a hoax, but with Right, the possibilities are endless.
 
 
+12 # Jackpine 2012-12-09 17:40
I'm sorry to see that RSN fell for this story. It's all over the Internet, but it's bogus. I don't see how we do ourselves any service by stooping to Fox tactics of falsehood.
 
 
+4 # Rascalndear 2012-12-09 17:50
I think the more likely explanation is that watching Fox News degrades the thinking capacities and leads to lower IQ. Of course, this story is a total hoax... :)
 
 
+9 # Constant Voter 2012-12-09 17:52
At PJ Tatler there's an "explanation" of the article and study at:

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/12/09/study-claims-fox-news-viewers-average-iq-80/

Of course, since it's no more verifiable than the "study" itself, since they chose to use a false name for the "Institute" - at any rate, RSN shouldn't put this out as though they take it at face value. Lowers the credibility of RSN
 
 
+4 # elmont 2012-12-09 18:12
I haven't done any research into the validity or existence of the group that allegedly did this 'study,' but it looks very bogus to me. A 15% deviation equals one standard deviation when measuring IQ, and about 85% of people have IQs higher than one standard deviation below the mean. Put another way, about 85% of people have an IQ at or above 85. So substantially fewer than 15% of the population have an IQ of 80. In fact, an IQ of 80 isn't far from borderline retardation. Fox News viewers are not the sharpest tools in the shed, surely, but they are not complete measurable retards, either.
 
 
+5 # reiverpacific 2012-12-09 18:16
Whatever this turns out to be -and I've done my share of googling on't, the very name of the "institute" being a red flag, one thing I always try to apply -and this is just me, from personal and considerable experience- when measuring somebody's intelligence is that they have a good healthy sense o' humor including the ability to have a chuckle at oneself.
The lack of such is a glaring characteristic especially of reactionaries and "more lefty-than-ypu" faux progressives.
Loosen up a bit some of you'se; there's a guffaw or two to be had here.
 
 
+5 # Mike Farrace 2012-12-09 19:03
RSN should be ashamed of itself. This story is complete bullshit -- no analysis of the study itself, no crosstabs or even any mention of it at their website which, by the way, is incredibly amateurish as well as poorly-written. The story adds nothing to the discussion. This is very disappointing.
 
 
0 # ncberns 2012-12-10 12:17
Like Fox News and Saturday Night Live, parodies rarely come with footnotes.
 
 
+1 # Mike Farrace 2012-12-10 19:00
It's a hoax, not a parody. One is deceptive, the other amusing.
 
 
+9 # MidwestDick 2012-12-09 19:35
Thanks for the comment, Constant.
After reading your source, I conclude that this is most assuredly a fake, but it's the kind of thing Rush was talking about in his first book, "the way it oughta be", if it isn't true then the universe is incorrect cause it oughta be true, and so I will send it on to my conservative friends with a straight face.
 
 
+1 # cafetomo 2012-12-10 00:54
Thank you for clarifying the sort of universe to which this article belongs. Some ostensibly in this one, have been getting positively apoplectic.

By all means, making even one more head explode? Worth it. The more insightful will find it amusing evidence that idiocy does not respect ideological boundaries.

Others will amuse us with their loudly scattered brains.
 
 
-2 # QQQQ2222 2012-12-09 19:58
Not fake. Look up PL Nichols + intelligence on Google Scholar. He's got a long list of intelligence research under his belt.
 
 
+3 # oldleftie 2012-12-10 13:24
geez. you're wrong.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/exclusive-pr-guru-behind_b_2268959.html

Now,don't you feel foolish, Mr/Ms Flamini?
 
 
+4 # fhunter 2012-12-09 20:09
Anyone who voted twice for Dubya must be a moron with even lower IQ.
 
 
-4 # QQQQ2222 2012-12-09 20:10
Some of you are accessing the wrong link to the Intelligence Institute. Here is the correct link to some of their non-industry studies: http://www.instituteintelligence.com/research/research-papers

This particular study won't be listed immediately- and it might not be listed at all, since this is a list of examples of their work, and it would be dumb to list such a divisive study there.
 
 
-4 # oldleftie 2012-12-10 13:27
silly wabbit! That's not the "Intelligence Institute", that's "Institute Intelligence". Here's an idea, Flamini: try reading an entire thread before you go posting comments. As Confucius is reported to have said "better to keep silent and appear a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

Or words to that effect...
 
 
+3 # oldleftie 2012-12-10 14:03
psst, Flamini:
Since then, sites like Daily Kos have noted that the study was likely a hoax. And for good reason.

*The Intelligence Institute does not exist -- It was a name created by Nichols and his team to give the "study" they were releasing some credibility. They didn't even bother to create a fake website as a front for the imaginary group. However, that may change. Nichols said that this study/press release was so effective that now perhaps there was some value to the name of The Intelligence Institute and they might use it for other studies they did or perhaps even create an actual conservative non-profit group.
 
 
+8 # bingers 2012-12-09 20:13
This has to be a joke, right? I mean, while I'm aware that Fox news watchers are dumber than a box of rocks, I don't know anyone this dumb. 80 is the lowest number in the dull normal class and I know lots of people who watch it. But I always thought that it was ideology, not lack of IQ was their problem.

But then again, maybe watching Faux News is what caused their lack of mental acuity?

FWIW, before I became a brain fogged old man I had an IQ of 163 and belonged to Mensa. Not bragging, just saying that of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
 
 
+12 # HiHho 2012-12-09 20:18
I have carefully read all the comments to date, applied what I consider to critial thinking and analysis,and have the following observation (for which I am probably going to be identified as a stick in the mud): The concept of IQ may well have outlived its usefulness. Perhaps a better measure for today's society is GI, or gullibility index.
 
 
+1 # Greenery 2012-12-09 21:55
Not shocking but it is alarming how they are on the border of being intellectually disabled. "Borderline intellectual functioning is a categorization of intelligence wherein a person has below average cognitive ability (generally an IQ of 70-85), but the deficit is not as severe as mental retardation (70 or below). It is sometimes called below average IQ (BAIQ). This is technically a cognitive impairment." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_intellectual_functioning
 
 
+1 # johninnc 2012-12-09 22:05
The real idiots are those who believe this bogus study. The institute is real they but never did any such study. You would have to be a complete moron to think that this is true. An IQ of 80 is just above moron and only qualifies you to accept this without fact checking it.
 
 
+2 # Cldbttrfly 2012-12-10 02:30
I did not believe the report. But I have thought people who watch fox was moron.
 
 
+4 # Billo 2012-12-09 22:51
Putting up fake information is exactly what I DO NOT expect when I come to this site. I have selected several sites just because I have grown to TRUST their information. I do not want to have to Snopes or fact check every source. That is why I choose these edited (???) sites.

The fact that their source, PRNews, is a self posting article publisher should be well known by RSN staff. Is the staff so ignorant, or just lazy?

If I can no longer trust this site for FACTUAL information, I'm gone.
 
 
0 # Cldbttrfly 2012-12-10 02:27
Good
 
 
-1 # Astoriapepe 2012-12-09 23:46
This is just a hoax, or a joke, if you want to call it like that.
Just playing on the stereotype people that watch Fox News are just dumb.
RSN should have investigated before launching this, which lowers credibility status for the service. I agree with #Billo.
 
 
+1 # ncberns 2012-12-10 16:51
Yep, you're right, uh-huh. Just a stereotype. Like, oh, basketball players are tall and jockeys are short and Fox News viewers are dumb. Yep, just another one of those stereotypes. Just because it's a parody, doesn't mean it's false into.
 
 
+1 # lockerh 2012-12-10 00:25
I reported this to Snopes.com, and they replied that they had just written an article about it at http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/foxnews.asp.

Snopes reports it is "probably false" but gives info about a previous study wherein it was showed that "people who watch only Fox News are less informed that all other news consumers."

I am struck by the number of people in the emails above who baldly declare this is false just because they baldly declare it is false. I had better hopes for RSN subscribers. I'm disappointed in the vituperation.
 
 
-4 # robcarter.vn 2012-12-10 00:32
Now that all makes sense of why Romney che them, a) he would be smarter than the average campaign press and following, b) he could win the lower IQ section of the left MJ brainy RSN sector that could get him the extra votes they needed. Well MJ hadn't been legalised then so he underestimated the left brained RSN real people.
 
 
+3 # Cldbttrfly 2012-12-10 02:26
I don't how this is not true. Most of the people who watch fox vote against their own interest. How dumb is that!
 
 
+2 # Thirdeye 2012-12-10 03:53
Completely inaccurate and obviously a fake. 20% lower IQ? Lower than!? Fox news viewers can't possibly have an IQ higher than 20. I always try to help them change the channel.
 
 
+6 # kalpal 2012-12-10 05:16
This reminds me of a silly report in the late 1990s reputedly discussing a Chicago University study that claimed GOP voters to be 34 IQ points lower than Democrats. Gratifying to smile about but doubtful in the extreme. (Never found GOPers to be that bright.)
 
 
+2 # gobiger 2012-12-10 09:15
Snopes gives the whole story a thumbs down. However, is there any doubt that it sure seems true.
 
 
+5 # akeesey 2012-12-10 11:23
It's so patently false! Run a story about how quickly it went viral, and quote it, but don't run the original piece. To continue to promulgate the silliness is damaging to the credibility of Reader Supported News.
 
 
+3 # cafetomo 2012-12-10 11:38
Haw, haw. It's funny, because it's true.

Or is it the other way around?

Primary elements of critical thinking on the subject are in evidence here;

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-giltz/exclusive-pr-guru-behind_b_2268959.html

RSN is on their list of who swallowed the hook and line with this sinker, but they have acquitted themselves responsibly in hindsight.

Or, as some would say; Burn her! Burn the witch!

Seriously, some of us need a bit of practice using our noggins. Never swallow anything bigger than your head, no matter how delectable it is. Your lower intestines will Thank You.
 
 
-1 # pernsey 2012-12-10 14:14
I dont need alot of studies to tell me Fox News viewers are low in the brains department. If they believe and spew all the crap and lies Fox news...I use the term loosely "Reports" then they cant be very bright to begin with. Statements that arent based on fact but on lies, hatred, and fear mongering are the Fox News way.

A friend of mine today was trying to inform me of whats going on in the world by quoting Fox news. I finally couldnt take it and had to end the conversation because they honestly think they are well informed and tried to tell me its what they heard on MSNBC also, I knew it was a pile of manure and said I got to run talk to you later. This person is so sure they are right they wont consider any alternative thought or facts except for what they saw on Hannity's America. I said well I guess our views differ, because it just depends on what News your watching and said goodbye. Its horrible but I try as hard as I can to never talk about politics with this person. Their views are so absurd its hard to even try to discuss anything. As I have stated before these people are great people until you talk politics, they talk about such nonsense its even hard to follow their train of thought...its very very sad what Fox has done to dumb down Americans who think Fox is a fact based news show...its not!!
 
 
+2 # PGreen 2012-12-10 14:17
Now they should test the IQ of the FOX newscasters and producers, compare them to the industry average. (!)
 
 
+1 # NAVYVET 2012-12-10 16:48
I wouldn't trust Yahoo, Google, ABC or even PBS much more than I'd trust Faux News--which is never. Has anyone consulted Snopes? I don't have time (or energy) today even to read all these replies, so maybe someone already has.
 
 
+3 # PRB 2012-12-10 17:23
There are clear signs that this article is a fake. Most people don't even know their IQs, so how were the data obtained? There is no quantifiable measure of "common sense," nor does common sense have anything to do with IQ (I know a few geniuses who haven't an ounce of common sense). Nothing is said about size of sample or margin of error. None of the methodological criteria for a responsible study are met.

Of course, it would be lovely if it were for real, but it's obviously not.
 
 
0 # Capn Canard 2012-12-11 11:50
sure FOX viewers are not the sharpest tools in the shed, but an I.Q. of 80? That is borderline MR and sounds highly unlikey. The numbers just don't look real. I would guess more like a 2 to 5 point difference, but I guess the dumb-asses who put this story together thought it would be fun... for them.
 
 
0 # David Heizer 2012-12-11 16:58
For all the people here debating whether or not this is real, isn't the nice, round 80 figure a huge red flag for you? Since when would the statistical average from ANY legitimate survey be precisely 80?

It also isn't written in anything even close to an intelligent, scientific manner, let alone being grammatically correct. ("\[I\]ntellige nt quotients"??)

If it really isn't blazingly obvious to you that this is an inartfully-writ ten, semi-illiterate gag, you might be in that under-100 group they're writing about.
 
 
+1 # tm7devils 2012-12-12 00:42
There was a study recently that found that those people who relied on Faux News for their main source of information were 37% less informed than those who didn't.
If these people are that less informed, and don't know it, wouldn't that be proof that their IQ is lower?
If A, then B. Q.E.D.
Isn't science great?
 
 
0 # byard pidgeon 2012-12-15 21:05
I've worked in research institutes, and still read a lot of studies...witho ut a doubt, this one is a spoof, and not a very good one.
Besides, the real number is 87.
 

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