Skip to comments.Just About the Dumbest Thing Iíve Ever Read (supposed 'world opinion' obtained via 'world polls')
Posted on 09/21/2006 11:40:22 AM PDT by GMMAC
Just About the Dumbest Thing Ive Ever Read
21 September 2006
In its attempt to sway, manipulate, and form world opinion to fit with editorial boards, the MSM now has a new tool: World Opinion Polls.
In case you missed that, Ill rephrase it. The MSM now conducts WORLD opinion polls so that we can be enlightened by knowing what the world thinks. The concept is so flawed that I wont insult the intelligence of readers here by even bothering to debunk it, but I will say this.
What does it say of news media editorial boards, when they actually commission worldwide polls and then publish them as if they are hard fact? Either these folks are truly thin between the ears, or so expanded in their delusions of grandeur that they believe their own muck.
Take a read of the latest World Poll from the BBC, pie charts and all, which by the way, only has a margin of error of between plus-or-minus 2.5% and 4% got that, only 2.5%. BBC uses the poll to tell us what the world thinks of Iran and the nuclear showdown. As for me, Im off to read something more relevant, like a 1963 manual on tie-dying your T to match the daisy covered VW van.
Easier and cheaper to run a push poll and analyze it than to do any real reporting. Same old same old for quite a few years now.
Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING
Guess the media is just casting their net wider to get the poll results they want.
Proximity tends to focus one's attention.
FEEP A POLE ping
Two of the best sites ( and writers ) in the blogosphere are Kate:
During you election run-up, I saw things days or weeks ahead of the Drive-By-Media ( if they even mentioned it at all )- they are very good.
Is the other link as good?
Not quite, imo, but excellent, nonetheless. SMA is truly outstanding. Another Canadian blog well worth reading, particularly on native issues is www.dustmybroom.com
That should be : http://dustmybroom.com/
And it's SDA, of course - I misposted.
thanks for the link, i'm going there now...
Thanks for the kind words everyone. AGWN is not everyone's cup of tea. I tend to write longer pieces, with a lot more sidebars to supporting information, while SDA is more focused and to the point. I like to think of it in terms of having complementary styles. What really matters is that people can come to discuss and debate. If I can highlight a story that maybe the big media guys have not been paying much attention to, then I'm happy.
Tanks for da ping! I note they sampled folks in Nigeria. Wonder how many letters they are getting.....
"...as I am his first duaghter and he so much loved me that was why he made me the beneficiary of the two iron trunk boxes containing the $18.5mUSD.
Right now I wish to transfer this fund to you so that you will assist me to invest the money into any viable sector in your country, also you will help me to join you in your country for me to start up a new life with you there immediately the fund gets to you. since I am no longer safe as far as Africa is concern at the moment, I wanted to transfer the fund before leaving the country because this fund is my last hope and the only hope I have now. "
That's a great site.
Absolutely- Steve is an engineer ( I think! ) by training, but he is a very concise, talented writer as well. Admittedly, since it's Canadian a lot of the politics flys over my head, but he writes about things their press doesn't like to cover.
*Fanfan wiping tears from her eyes*
Steve, I forget your locale, are you able to attend the support the troops rally in Ottawa tomorrow?
Another Canadian blog well worth reading, particularly on native issues is
Absolutely, as well. I get there via one of Kate's sidebar links.
Sounds like they are after a Darwin award.
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