Thursday, August 21, 2008

On the Dangers of Religious Radio

Ethics Daily is reporting that a Pew Forum Survey reveals that "Listeners of Religious Radio are Below Average in Knowledge of Current Events." Here's an eye-opening quote:

People who view "fake" news shows like "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" are better informed than readers of "real" news programs like "O-Reilly Factor" and "Lou Dobbs Tonight." The highest knowledge of current events was found among readers of The New Yorker and The Atlantic (48 percent), NPR (44 percent), MSNBC's "Hardball" (43 percent), and "Hannity & Colmes" at 42 percent.
Unfortunately, a lot of religious people are too lazy to either think for themselves or stay abreast of current events. They trust their preacher or some radio or TV preacher to do their thinking for them.

That kind of trust is always misplaced -- no matter who they let do their thinking for them.

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