Sunday morning news shows do the most to help people learn about current events, while some outlets, especially Fox News, lead people to be even less informed than those who they don’t watch any news at all.

Fairleigh Dickinson University/Public Mind Poll

(As if you needed to be told…)

Did CNN just find the worst messengers at the rally ‘occupation’? ‘You’re right, me having an Apple computer does invalidate our whole cause.’ WTF? Way to stand your ground, lady. And Susan Sarandon, you should be ashamed of yourself. I don’t think people’s animosity toward ‘the same little news quotes’ is what drove them to #OccupyWallStreet. With messaging like this, people are going to find Wall Street traders more sympathetic than the demonstrators.

Palestinian Ambassdor Maen Areikat, a forceful and effective advocate for Palestine on a major cable news show this morning. I was a little shocked (in a good way, naturally).

Republican media strategist Roger Ailes launched Fox News Channel in 1996, ostensibly as a ‘fair and balanced’ counterpoint to what he regarded as the liberal establishment media. But according to a remarkable document buried deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the intellectual forerunner for Fox News was a nakedly partisan 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides to circumvent the ‘prejudices of network news’ and deliver ‘pro-administration’ stories to heartland television viewers.

The memo—called, simply enough, ‘A Plan For Putting the GOP on TV News’—is included in a 318-page cache of documents detailing Ailes’ work for both the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations…