Commentary Magazine


Jon Stewart’s Claim About Fox Viewers is False

During his much-commented interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace, Jon Stewart asked Wallace, “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? The most consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”

As someone who occasionally appears on Fox, I was interested to learn decided to look into this claim. The result? “The way Stewart phrased the comment, it’s not enough to show a sliver of evidence that Fox News’ audience is ill-informed. The evidence needs to support the view that the data shows they are ‘consistently’ misinformed — a term he used not once but three times. It’s simply not true that ‘every poll’ shows that result. So we rate his claim False.”

I happen to think Stewart, who is quite liberal, is a fantastic comedian. He’s also quite an able advocate for his views and usually well-informed. But in this case, he was simply wrong. It would be impressive, and I think surprising, if he admitted it.