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Through a Glass Darkly: The Fox News Psychobubble

06/21/2011 03:17 pm ET | Updated Aug 21, 2011

This is one of those things that really doesn't need commentary, as it truly speaks for itself...

But really, how can one resist?

By now you've read plenty about the Chris Wallace interview with The Daily Show's Jon Stewart -- probably you've watched at least a clip, if you're a HuffPo reader. But do you wonder how the Fox News crowd is responding to Wallace's ineffectual rhetorical blitz against the impenetrable Stewart?

Here's a glimpse from Fox News's Fox Nation website, proudly borrowing from a piece on Andrew Breitbart's website. The scribe is especially perturbed that Stewart repeated the finding that Fox News viewers are the most consistently "misinformed" of what's actually going on in the world (emphasis added):

Does this sound misinformed to you?

• 91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
• 72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
• 72 percent believe the economy is getting worse
• 60 percent believe climate change is not occurring

Uh. Okay. This won't take long:

1. According to sources such as IHS Global Insight, Macroeconomic Advisers and Moody's, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 created or saved at least 1.8 million to 2.5 million jobs (and the Congressional Budget Office considered that figure conservative).

2. Repealing the health care reform bill would increase the deficit by $230 billion over a ten-year period.

3. It's hardly a recovery to brag on, but on the binary question of whether or not the economy is improving or getting worse, that's not really debatable: it is gradually growing, even if the pace is "frustratingly slow." The latest group to come to this conclusion based on the recent round of economic indicators is the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association.

4. God help us.

Since the answer to the question from the Fox National ("Does this sound misinformed to you?") is pretty self-evident, I'll ask another question: What will it take to make Fox viewers look beyond their reactionary bubble and confront reality?