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.

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  • Cailin S.

    01/11/2013 12:54 AM

    So, wait a second. You're saying that facts are ok if they support your bias, but not if they support things you're against? Like, for instance, you insistence that gay couples are less fit than straight couples. I quote you: "I'm very disappointed that the court seems more interested in what's good for gay couples than what's good for children needing foster care." So, if I presented facts to the contrary that show that children raised by gay parents turn out perfectly alright, would you recant your statements from 2006? Because the fact of the matter is that there is plenty of unbiased evidence from dozens of studies that show that gay couples are perfectly capable of raising children properly.

    http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/general/2010/10/27/amicus29.pdf (Part IV, Section B)

  • C germ

    12/19/2012 02:00 PM

    Not to be annoying, but my IQ is 141 and wouldn't be caught dead watching NBC, msnbc, etc. why? Because I have common sense, which Fox News does also. Keep up the good work Gov!

  • Germaine Matney

    12/17/2012 01:16 AM

    There is no disconnect here,Governor. You are spot-on. As a grandmother I see how technology has changed the way we communicate with our kids. Please continue to not only describe the problem, but offer up some common sense solutions. Please continue your excellent work.

  • Mary Ausdahl

    12/14/2012 01:58 AM

    Perhaps the liberal was taken in by The Onion news as this:) Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency published a story Friday claiming that a Gallup poll found that rural white Americans prefer Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over President Barack Obama.

    Such a poll would indeed be big news in Iran (and the United States) -- if it were true.

    But the source was The Onion, the publication that presents the outlandish as real news.

  • Audrey Wilson

    12/13/2012 07:09 PM

    Your last sentence says it all. It is sad that people believe so much of what they read and do not even think to check it out. That really shows what low IQ is all about.

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