Do you have a link to this? It is very timely for a presentation I am doing
this Friday. (01)
On 4/29/07 8:14 AM, "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: (03)
> Actually, that is not true:
>> I think most mortals using common sense would have no
>> difficulty in making the distinction between an opinion
>> and a statement of fact.
> In the US, there is a TV network called Fox, which is owned
> by the same person who bought a formerly respectable newspaper
> called The London Times. There was a recent survey of people
> who watched news programs from any of the four US commercial
> networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox. (That is for over-the-air TV
> channels, as opposed to the Fox and CNN cable news networks.)
> The survey had the following kinds of questions:
> 1. Which TV news programs the viewers watched most frequently.
> 2. Their knowledge of current events (as tested by multiple-
> choice questions).
> 3. And for each question, their feeling of certainty in the
> correctness of their choice.
> It turned out that Fox viewers had the *lowest* number of
> correct choices, but the *highest* confidence that their
> choices were correct.
> Even more significantly, there is a satirical news program
> called The Daily Show. It turned out that viewers who said
> that The Daily Show was their primary source for news scored
> spectacularly higher in knowledge of current events than those
> who said that their primary source was the Fox cable news network.
> In short, it's definitely not clear whether (a) common sense
> is adequate or (b) people usually exercise common sense.
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