Ed­u­ca­tion and news

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In his let­ter ti­tled “An ed­u­ca­tion for all,” Ruud Du­Vall im­plied that ed­u­cated peo­ple don’t watch Fox News Chan­nel, but I doubt that he could prove that con­tention with sta­tis­tics— nor could I prove oth­er­wise, al­though my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences lead me to be­lieve that many well-ed­u­cated folks watch FNC.

Mr. Du­Vall equates Fox-watch­ing with ig­no­rance (i.e., un­e­d­u­cated) and with Repub­li­can­ism (i.e., con­ser­vatism). While I agree that most Fox-watch­ers prob­a­bly are con­ser­va­tive or lean in that di­rec­tion, I doubt that they are gen­er­ally ei­ther more or less ed­u­cated than watch­ers of ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC or NBC.

Over the past six decades I’ve en­joyed the friend­ship of three men ed­u­cated sim­i­larly to me; two of us lean in a con­ser­va­tive di­rec­tion, while the oth­ers leaned (both have died in re­cent years) in a pro­gres­sive di­rec­tion. All four of us grad­u­ated from col­lege in the ’40s and ’50s and have held pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in our cho­sen fields; three of us have post-grad­u­ate de­grees, earned in the ’50s.

My small sam­ple may or may not be typ­i­cal of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion, but it at least shows that con­ser­va­tives are not uni­ver­sally un­e­d­u­cated.

Fi­nally, al­though I some­what agree with Mr. Du­Vall’s state­ment that “[e] ducated peo­ple know that Fox News is not ‘fair and bal­anced,’” I be­lieve Fox to be more nearly fair and bal­anced than other net­work TV sources. Fox’s “lean­ing right­ward” is fairer than the to­tal “left­ward plunge” of its com­peti­tors. KEN MILLER Lit­tle Rock

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