Conservative non-profit Intelligence Institute Study shows Fox News viewers have an IQ that is 20 points lower than the U.S. National average.
I keep seeing this on my dash. It’s a totally bogus story.
To paraphrase the article I linked:
- The Intelligence Institute does not exist.
- The lead researcher cited, a “P. Nichols,” says that he was not the lead researcher.
- The report says that it was a four-year study, but the person claiming to be P. Nichols (reached through the phone number attached to the press release) says that the idea was formed after the 2010 election (which, for those keeping score, was less than four years ago).
- No IQs were actually tested
- The study’s results were decided first, and then set out to find results that would match the desired outcome.
- Not mentioned in the article, but still worthy of note, is that the press release was put forward by PRWeb, the same pay-to-play press release company that released the bogus Google buyout information last month which was designed to temporarily increase the stock price of a small company so someone could make a quick buck.
- Also not in the article but worth mentioning: The email contact link at the bottom of the press release leads to a page where you can contact PRWeb. However, PRWeb does not handle inquiries about specific press releases, as they clearly state on the page:
I have quite a lot of differences of opinion with the average FOX viewer, but lying about them doesn’t help anyone.
I just figured I’d point out that this whole study is a load of crap.