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Is Fox News Dictating Policy For Donald Trump?

In 2012, Fairleigh Dickinson University did a study of television news consumers, asking them some fairly basic questions about both domestic and foreign policy.

Not surprisingly, those who identified as primarily/exclusively Fox News viewers did worse than any other group, including those who do not watch news at all. In the intervening years, we’ve labeled this lack of grasp of facts, despite watching news programs regularly, as the “Fox News Effect“.

We’ve all seen it on social media. People who insist that empirical facts are a matter of opinion and shrugging off contradictory evidence. It’s ubiquitous. In fact, Drs. David Dunning and Justin Kruger have named the phenomenon of a low-information person with the illusion of intellectual superiority as the “Dunning-Kruger Effect”. It’s horrifying to see in a voter.

Now imagine it in the alleged most powerful man in the Western world and leader of the free world.

When Donald Trump started fear mongering in tweets and speeches of a horde of illegal immigrants raping and pillaging their way to the US/Mexico border, insisting that we need to deploy the military to protect us, many of us–including those who work deeply in the immigration debate–had no idea what he was talking about.

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