The Republican presidential contest is picking up steam. Obama is consistently polling under 50 percent. This one's a toss-up, and in the thick of it is the Fox News Channel. It's not just their role in hosting and vetting the candidates. It's their role as the chief villain in the eyes of liberal Democrats struggling to push their version of the "truth" about Obama.
Jon Stewart rhetorically asked Chris Wallace about Fox on "Fox News Sunday" because he thought he knew the answer: "Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? The most consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox viewers, consistently, every poll."
In the real world -- outside Stewart's smug bubble -- this is garbage. A 2008 survey by the Pew Research Center asked media consumers three questions: Which party was in control of Congress (Democrats), who was the secretary of state (Condi Rice), and who was the prime minister of Britain (Gordon Brown)?
Let's document how the viewers of "Hannity and Colmes" were better informed than Stewart's "Daily Show" gigglers on basic political facts. Hannity viewers beat Stewart's on the Democratic majority (84 percent to 65 percent correct answers), Condi Rice (a dramatic 73 percent to 48 percent gap) and Gordon Brown (49 percent to 36 percent). Overall, as a percentage getting all three questions right, Hannity won 42-30.
But there is nothing the left believes in more robotically than the stupidity of conservatives. Otherwise, they would not be conservatives. When liberals get routed in an election, they do not question themselves. The first and, for most, the only verdict is that the American people were disastrously flooded by a tsunami of stupidity and misinformation.
The liberal pranksters masquerading as pollsters at the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) are to blame. Last year, they claimed their survey showed that those who watched Fox News Channel on a daily basis were significantly more likely to believe in "misinformation." But how is that word defined? Look at the details, and you will be floored by the misinformation -- coming from the pollsters themselves.
Here's their Exhibit A: Fox viewers were more likely to believe: "Among economists who have estimated the effect of the health reform law on the federal budget deficit over the next 10 years, more think it will increase the deficit."