Check out this Huffington Post article: CLICK HERE!
Take a moment to read it, and keep in mind that for the purposes of this blog post, I’m not taking political sides. This is strictly an illustration for the ways that media uses polls to tell boldface lies to the public.
This one says a recent poll shows that one-third of the republicans in Louisiana blame Obama for the slow response to Hurrican Katrina, which took place while Bush was in office. Naturally, the expected response is, “Wow! Those republicans are such idiots!” Well, if you were among the name-callers in this case, you may want to think about the egg on your own face.
First off, for the poll to be accurate, every single republican would need to have participated in the poll. Do you seriously believe this occurred? Of course not. Dig a little deeper…
Here are the actual survey results: CLICK HERE!
Have fun looking at it but scroll all the way to the bottom where it says, “survey of 274 Republican primary voters.” Do you suppose that is every republican in the state? Um, no. Closer to 729,000, give or take (I tried looking up the exact figure and this is the closest I could find – too many links about this poll flooded Google!).
And 29% of that 274 blames Obama for Katrina. Now pay attention to one of the questions on the survey, where it asks to press “1” if you are a woman and “2” if you are a man. So it was a telephone survey at that. How many of the 29% do you suppose might have been joking around? I know I love to when I get a phone survey, providing I don’t hang up.
Okay, so once this has all processed, google “Republicans Louisiana” and look at all the talk that the media is causing thanks to this poll, and all the people buying it at face value. Look at all the people going, “Wow, those Republicans are such idiots!” And in this case, I ask again, who really looks the fool?