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Fox News: The Go-To Source For Islamophobes

Reported by Ellen - February 17, 2011 -

A recent survey from the Public Religion Research Institute/Religion turned up some fascinating results for News Hounds: Fox News fans are significantly more likely to have negative views of Muslims. (H/T Think Progress)

The survey specifically looked at sources of TV news and its influence on views:

The survey findings also show a significant correlation between trust in Fox News and negative attitudes about Muslims. Americans who most trust Fox News are more likely to believe that Muslims want to establish Shari'a law, have not done enough to oppose extremism, and believe investigating Muslim extremism is a good idea. There are even differences among Republicans and white evangelicals who trust Fox news most and those who trust other media.
- Republicans who say Fox News is their most trusted news source are more likely than Republicans who trust a different news source to say they are well-informed about Islam (53% to 34%). They are also more likely than Republicans who most trust other news sources to say the hearings are a good thing (82% to 60%).
- White evangelicals who most trust Fox News are much more likely than those who trust a different news source to say they feel informed about Islam than those who trust other sources of news (70% to 37%). This same group of evangelicals is also more likely than their counterparts who most trust other news sources to say the hearings are a good thing (84% to 60%).

Greg Sargent notes:

We'll never know whether Fox watchers harbor these views because they watch Fox, or whether they watch Fox because they harbor these views. That's a chicken-and-egg question best left to philosophers. The two are probably self-reinforcing. Either way, if Fox's explicit goal has been to create a self-sustaining, self-perpetuating alternate reality, as many have alleged, it appears that when it comes to Americans' views of Muslims, the network may be succeeding brilliantly.




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