Mike Huckabee News
Dec 12 2012
Once again, the Internet has proved its efficiency at spreading false information. The latest doozy to hit the net is a claim that conservative Fox News viewers have an average IQ of 80, 20 points below average. It’s allegedly the result of a four-year study by a conservative think tank called the Intelligence Institute. The story was starting to circulate through the liberal blogosphere until Charlie Martin at PJMedia.com did the unthinkable: he tried to verify it. He found no evidence that the Intelligence Institute even exists. But he did reach a spokesman who wouldn’t give his full name, or release the study, or reveal who paid for it. He did admit that to get the predetermined result, they focused on uneducated rural people, which made it hard to find respondents who even watched Fox News. Under pressure, the creator finally admitted the whole thing was a hoax.
So this transparently bogus report that conservatives are stupid and gullible was immediately spotted as a hoax and exposed by a conservative website. But it was believed and run as actual news by Yahoo News and liberal blogs. Say, maybe I should start an Internet rumor that watching Fox News ADDS 20 points to your IQ. At least, I have more proof to point to than this guy ever did. And maybe this does show that the liberals who don’t watch Fox News are more gullible to other hoaxes, like the one that says raising taxes will help the economy and that Obamacare will save us money.