Conservatives target professor for saying Fox News distorts your perceptions, calling Nixon ‘Dick’
A conservative group is concerned that a Florida State University professor told students watching partisan news outlets like Fox News could distort their perception of reality.
During a lecture, political science William Claggett said partisanship could influence how people interpreted political events and candidates for office. He noted that people could easily tune out information that didn’t fit their preconceived political views.
“So you know, when I’m at home clicking through the stations, here comes Fox News, the Fox News Channel. Oh, I don’t stop there. I know they’re simply lying, and I keep on going,” Claggett explained in an audio recording obtained by the conservative group Campus Reform, which targets educators it perceives to have a liberal bias.
“On the other hand, you know, here comes MSNBC. Well, I’ll stop here for a bit, see what truth I can find out the easy way while I’m reading the New York Times.”
“My partisanship is in fact shaping my exposure to information, and it’s also probably affecting how I process information, and it’s the same thing with most Americans,” he remarked.
The unnamed student who provided the audio to Campus Reform complained that Claggett often referred to former President Richard Nixon using his nickname: “Dick.” The student also was afraid to speak during class because the professor held differing views.
“There have been a few times where his comments in class have made me feel uncomfortable, but saying Fox News is nothing but lies was a new low,” the student told Campus Reform.