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The Year In Fox News Misinformation

As the year comes to a close, Media Matters offers a month-by-month look back at Fox News’ most outrageous and factually challenged moments of 2010.

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January

Hume Counsels Tiger Woods To Ditch Buddhism To “Make A Total Recovery.”

Fox Hires Palin As A Contributor. 

Fox Campaigns For Scott Brown.

February

Fox Campaign Season Heats Up.

Fearmongering Over Health Care Reconciliation.

March

Open Activism Against Health Care Reform.

Glenn Beck’s Fiascoes Multiply.

April

Hannity’s Tea Party Appearance Canceled.

O’Reilly’s Fox News Defense Fails Spectacularly.

Dick Morris Invents, And Then Retracts, Clinton-Reno-Waco Story.

May

John Stossel Calls For Repeal Of Civil Rights Legislation.

Crusading Against Justice Kagan.

Calling For Impeachment Over Sestak Non-Scandal.

June

Giving Land Back To Mexico.

Standing Up For BP.

July

Fox Hypes Phony New Black Panthers Scandal.

Fox Assists Breitbart’s Smears of Shirley Sherrod As Racist.

August

Fox Provides Megaphone To Park51 Opponents.

8-28 “Restoring Honor”: Glenn Beck Honors Glenn Beck.

September

Glenn Beck And Fox News’ Anti-Semitism Problem.

Fox Calls For Repeal Of The 20th Century.

Fox News’ Christine O’Donnell Problem.

October

Kilmeade “Misspoke” About “All Terrorists” Being “Muslims” — Twice.

Glenn Beck’s Violent Rhetoric — And Its Consequences.

November

How Fox News Won The Elections.

Fox News’ “Nazi” And “Socialism” Rhetoric Comes Straight From The Top.

Lou Dobbs Joins Fox Birther Network.

Andrew Napolitano Pushes 9-11 Conspiracy Theories — Fox Is Hypocritically Silent.

Fox News’ 2012 Presidential Roster.

December

Fox News Vs. The DREAM Act.

Fox Washington Managing Editor Bill Sammon Caught Slanting News Reporting.

read more: Off The Rails: The Year In Fox News Misinformation

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Fox News #Fail Misinformation on health care reform, climate change and other subjects

For some time, it has been alleged by media critics that Fox News conducts business like a political organization rather than a news organization by broadcasting counter factual conservative views in its straight news division as well as prime time opinion programming.

A recent study by WorldPublicOpinion.org demonstrated:

in most cases, the more a person watched and read the news, the less likely they were to have been misled about the facts. But “there were however a number of cases where greater exposure to a news source increased misinformation on a specific issue,” the study’s authors wrote. In particular, they found that regular viewers of the Fox News Channel, which tilts to the right in prime time, were significantly more likely to believe untruths about the Democratic health care overhaul, climate change and other subjects.

When Fox was asked for comment, Mr. Clemente,  who oversees every hour of objective news programming on Fox News said,

“The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland [home of WorldPublicOpinion.org] among the top schools for having ‘Students Who Study The Least’ and being the ‘Best Party School’ – given these fine academic distinctions, we’ll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was ‘researched’ with.”

Fox’s response to a study that shows it’s viewers are misinformed is stunning in its lack of concern. It is also  stunningly similar to how a campaign spokesman would respond to negative allegations during a political campaign.

read more: Study: Some Viewers Were Misinformed by TV News - NYTimes.com

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