Sunday, December 09, 2012


 UPDATE: Whoops! Rob Kall of Op-Ed News says this story is likely a hoax. I kinda wondered at some of the phrases used when I first saw it, but thought it was too funny not to post. But in the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to tell you that odds are, it's a hoax. Personally, I still think the general idea is accurate even if the story itself isn't!

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 I think most of us already figured this out ages ago, but  here's some concrete evidence:

The results of a 4 year study show that Americans who obtain their news from Fox News channel have an average IQ of 80, which represents a 20 point deficit when compared to the U.S. national average of 100. IQ, or intelligence quotient, is the international standard of assessing intelligence. Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group, tested 5,000 people using a series of tests that measure everything from cognitive aptitude to common sense and found that people who identified themselves as Fox News viewers and 'conservative' had, on average, significantly lower intelligent quotients. Fox Viewers represented 2,650 members of the test group.

 The IQs of the other subjects tested, those who got their news from others sources or said they didn't watch televised news, averaged 104. Researchers said that 80 is still 10 points higher than the current definition of mental retardation, which is 70 and below.

 Lead researcher P. Nichols said that he wasn't shocked by the results, but by the wide range of the results:

 "Several previous studies show that self-identified conservatives are less intelligent than self-identified moderates. We have never seen such a homogeneous group teetering so close to special needs levels."


Blogger Father Tyme said...

If stupid people say stupid things and there are only stupid people around to hear the stupid things stupid people say, are those who hear stupid things stupid people say still stupid?

10:45 PM  

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