Democracy Now and The Rachel Maddow Show are my primary sources for relevant and reliable news. These programs work very hard, do thorough investigative journalism, and provide excellent in-depth well researched information. Along with the Daily Show, watching these shows is part of my morning routine, but I must confess that Rachel Maddow is my favorite. If I don’t have time to watch her, I feel like my day is somewhat incomplete.
My devotion to Maddow’s accurate and intelligent cable news show appears to be well founded. A new study released by the Pew Research Center, “In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable: Trends in News Consumption: 1991-2012”, has shown that the viewers of the Rachel Maddow Show are the best informed of everyone who participated in their survey.
The non-partisan organization asked a number of questions about current events and the news, and the greatest percentage of correct answers came from Maddow’s audience; nearly four in ten of them answered all of the inquiries correctly:
“The questions concern which party controls the House of Representatives, the current unemployment rate, the nation that Angela Merkel leads and which presidential candidate favors taxing higher-income Americans. Overall, just 14% of the public got all four questions right. Slightly more people (17%) got all four wrong… Almost four-in-ten of Rachel Maddow’s audience (38%) answered the four questions correctly, as did 36% of readers of magazines such as the New Yorker and 34% of Wall Street Journal readers. Audiences for several other news outlets, including NPR (33% all four correct), the Daily Show (32%), Hardball (32%) and the New York Times (31%) fared nearly as well.”