So far today, I've come across more propaganda today than I can handle. Here's what I've found:
One article tries telling us that two thirds of Americans think that President Bush isn't doing a good job. Another tries telling us that Americans hate high gas prices when oil companies charge high prices but they don't mind it if their government taxes them more. Finally, a newspaper thinks it has a right to see "highly classified" documents that would leave us far more vulnerable against terrorist attacks.
The CBS poll
that just came out is nothing more than propaganda. I can't even call it bad polling because calling it that would denigrate bad polls like AP-Ipsos.
First off, the poll was taken Feb. 22-26. In other words, the polling is skewed by part of it being conducted over the weekend.
Second of all, it's badly skewed with the representation of political parties. According to their own breakdown:
- "Total Republicans" contacted: 272 unweighted and 289 weighted or 28% of the sample.
- "Total Democrats" contacted: 409 unweighted and 381 weighted or 37% of the sample.
- "Total Independents" contacted: 337 unweighted and 348 weighted or 33% of the sample.
Worse yet is that the poll wasn't of registered voters or likely voters. So who cares what this propaganda tool says?
This story taken by itself is bothersome but it gets worse when taken in context. Let's look further into the propaganda business. Here's the opening paragraph in a NY Times article
Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to a higher federal gasoline tax, but a significant number would go along with an increase if it reduced global warming or made the United States less dependent on foreign oil, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
What type of question would produce that type of result? People are vehemently opposed to higher gas prices when they think it's the result of oil company's price-gouging but they're cool with paying more at the pump when the government steals the money? Surely they don't expect us to be that stupid, do they?
Let's take a poll of our own. Here's what I'm asking:
A. Are you ok with higher gas prices if it's the result of higher gas taxes?
B. Are you ok with higher gas prices if it's the result of higher profits for oil companies?
C. Are you not ok with higher gas prices under any circumstances?
Let me know by commenting on this article. I'll update the results every couple hours.
This propaganda tells me is that the 'poll' is weighted heavily towards Democrats predisposed to increasing taxes. Other than that, the 'poll' is total garbage.
If you think these stories are absurd, wait. I've saved 'the best'
The New York Times sued the Department of Defense on Monday, saying the government has refused to turn over records related to its The New York Times sued the Department of Defense on Monday, saying the government has refused to turn over records related to its domestic warrantless surveillance program. In a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the Times asked the court to order the government to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request requiring it to release documents or provide a lawful reason why it cannot. The spying program was revealed by the Times in a story in December.
This is breathtakingly inaccurate and arrogant. Look at that first sentence: They're still calling it DOMESTIC surveillance. ENOUGH!!! It isn't DOMESTIC. when a person boards a plane in LA and they fly to Vancouver, BC, does the airline call it a domestic flight? People would ridicule the airline from sun up to sundown if they tried characterizing it that way. Yet the NY Times, the Washington Post, the AP, the 3 broadcast networks and CNN all call it that way. And not just once in awhile. Every time.
If that isn't stupid enough, then there's the NY Times' request through the FOIA for classified information. Sure. Let's hand that information right over to them. In fact, let's turn this information over to terrorists, too. Actually, we don't have to since this information will be part of a NY Times series on the NSA.
Anyone thinking that these clowns are the mainstream media isn't in touch with the mainstream of American politics. Then again, CBS and the NY Times couldn't find the mainstream of American politics if their life depended on it.
Cross-posted at California Conservatives
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