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Tue, Feb. 25

Letter: Fox News viewers are well-informed


I am responding to David Raimondo's letter regarding Fairleigh Dickinson's survey that showed Fox News viewers as being somewhat less well informed than those watching competing news outlets.

In investigating this survey, I first located the questions, and although I never attended FD or any other university, I answered all the questions correctly without even breaking a sweat. According to the university, the first survey was conducted solely within New Jersey, and then because the results were so hotly contested, they claim they then conducted a nationwide survey. FD is of course liberal institution, not as bad as say Sarah Lawrence, or our own Prescott College, but nevertheless, not exactly Hillsdale College. As a matter of fact, they are not even listed among New Jersey's Top 15 universities according to About.Com, who is owned by the NY Times. I have a sneaky suspicion that FD carefully selected their respondents and skillfully skewed the results with the deliberate intention of trying to show Fox News viewers to be inferior to those with a more liberal view.

I have countless family and friends who get their news almost exclusively from Fox, and I guarantee you that they would not have missed any of those questions. I personally get 99 percent of my news from Fox and the Wall Street Journal, and of course the Courier, but do occasionally sneak over to see if the mainstream channels, or their cable affiliates have anything worthwhile to say. PBS is okay, but you would be hard pressed to find a conservative working there - just ask liberal Juan Williams about that.

Let me assure you that conservatives who watch Fox News have caller ID, or the basic sense to never answer an unknown phone number, and definitely do not do phone surveys. Fox News viewers are achievers who do not have time for such nonsense. Overall, you will find us to be the most well-informed group in the nation and a mighty force to contend with come November.

Everett Sanborn


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