Here’s James Taranto Tuesday:

“Heavy viewers of the Fox News Channel are nearly four times as likely to hold demonstrably untrue positions about the war in Iraq as media consumers who rely on National Public Radio or the Public Broadcasting System, according to a study released this week by a research center affiliated with the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs,” reports the Baltimore Sun.

This “study,” however, turns out to be pure propaganda…. The “untrue positions” the survey measured are these: “Saddam Hussein has been directly linked with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.” “Weapons of mass destruction have already been found in Iraq.” “World opinion favored the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.”

Here are some demonstrable untruths the survey didn’t ask its subjects about: President Bush said Iraq posed an “imminent” threat. Bush claimed Iraq had bought uranium from Niger. America’s intervention in Iraq was unilateral.

Would not a fair survey have included examples of the misperceptions on both sides?

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