09/21/2012 06:22 pm ET

Bill O'Reilly Blames The Internet For Mitt Romney's Slide In The Polls, Says Electorate Is 'Dumbed Down' (VIDEO)

Why is Mitt Romney falling behind in the polls?

It's the Internet's fault, Bill O'Reilly claims.

“Everybody is now diverted, their attention is diverted, because they have machines 24-7,” the Fox News host said on his show Thursday, explaining his theory that the electorate's ignorance may just be what's fueling Romney's slide in the polls.

“They’re texting, whatever they’re doing. They don’t have time to read, they don’t have time to watch news programs, they don’t have time to do anything. They catch little things here and there. But I’m thinking that maybe the electorate in America is so dumbed down now…by the Internet, that’s all they do now,” he continued.

O'Reilly's guest host Laura Ingraham agreed with the theory.

"I think you're onto something. Very much so," she said, adding that many voters seem to only pay attention to "pop culture moments" rather than the "really, really serious problems facing America."

But O'Reilly and Ingraham were quick to point out that their Fox News audience was exempt from this criticism.

“We’re not talking about you guys. You guys are engaged," O'Reilly said.

This is not the first time that the political pundit has blamed the Internet for a politician's woes.

Last year, in the wake of the sex scandal involving Arnold Schwarzenegger, O'Reilly said that "cowardly sociopaths" on the Internet who "hide in the weeds in their basements" were behind the former governor's downfall, Gawker notes.

h/t: Media Matters via Salon