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Just About the Dumbest Thing Iíve Ever Read (supposed 'world opinion' obtained via 'world polls')
smalldeadanimals blog site ^ | 21 September 2006 | Kate

Posted on 09/21/2006 11:40:22 AM PDT by GMMAC

Just About the Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Read

smalldeadanimals.com
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, I’ll 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 won’t 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, I’m off to read something more relevant, like a 1963 manual on tie-dying your T to match the daisy covered VW van.

Cheers!


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KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; arabstreet; bbc; bs; bushhassers; georgesoros; globalsocialists; makingitup; mediabias; msm; polls; powerghraib; snakeoil; soros; sourgrapes; worldopinion; worldopinionpolls; zogbyism

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1 posted on 09/21/2006 11:40:24 AM PDT by GMMAC
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To: fanfan; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...

PING!
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2 posted on 09/21/2006 11:41:43 AM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC
It's pretty bad when IRAQ is more supportive of military action against Iran than the US, let alone Europe.
3 posted on 09/21/2006 11:41:50 AM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: GMMAC

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.


4 posted on 09/21/2006 11:42:49 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

Guess the media is just casting their net wider to get the poll results they want.


5 posted on 09/21/2006 11:43:36 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: RockinRight

Proximity tends to focus one's attention.


6 posted on 09/21/2006 11:43:42 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: dynachrome

FEEP A POLE ping


7 posted on 09/21/2006 11:47:56 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: GMMAC; All

Two of the best sites ( and writers ) in the blogosphere are Kate:
http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/
and Angry:
http://www.stevejanke.com/

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.


8 posted on 09/21/2006 12:42:34 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: backhoe
I just spent about 20 minutes at SDA and found it an enjoyable read. i bookmarked it for later reference.

Thanks

Is the other link as good?

9 posted on 09/21/2006 1:19:59 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Samsonite! I was WAAAYYY off!)
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To: K4Harty
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

10 posted on 09/21/2006 1:24:21 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: headsonpikes
the janke link didn't keep me very long, I'll try the one you sent. I'm not all that into CAN politics but from time to time I get fascinated.
11 posted on 09/21/2006 1:26:46 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Samsonite! I was WAAAYYY off!)
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To: K4Harty

That should be : http://dustmybroom.com/

And it's SDA, of course - I misposted.


12 posted on 09/21/2006 1:28:32 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: headsonpikes

thanks for the link, i'm going there now...


13 posted on 09/21/2006 1:29:49 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Samsonite! I was WAAAYYY off!)
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To: headsonpikes

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.

Cheers guys!


14 posted on 09/21/2006 1:32:57 PM PDT by Angry in the Great White North
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To: martin_fierro

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. "


15 posted on 09/21/2006 1:36:19 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: headsonpikes; All
Actually, you could do worse than to go the Blogging Tories www.bloggingtories.ca It is the premier site from which you can reach just about every Canadian conservative blog, big and small. It's not just a link farm, either. A real-time feed, the Brookstreet Blog of conservative luminaries, videos and podcasts -- it has it all.
16 posted on 09/21/2006 1:36:43 PM PDT by Angry in the Great White North
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To: Angry in the Great White North

That's a great site.


17 posted on 09/21/2006 1:50:06 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: K4Harty
Is the other link as good?

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.

18 posted on 09/21/2006 2:22:53 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: Angry in the Great White North; fanfan
Didn't know you were a FReeper !!!

A belated "welcome aboard" !!!

Perhaps you should link your website from your FR home page ?

19 posted on 09/21/2006 2:24:51 PM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC; Angry in the Great White North
I knew Steve was a FReeper, but he's never asked to be added to the Canada ping list....'Sob, sniff'.

*Fanfan wiping tears from her eyes*

Steve, I forget your locale, are you able to attend the support the troops rally in Ottawa tomorrow?

20 posted on 09/21/2006 2:31:04 PM PDT by fanfan (Trust everybody, but cut the cards yourself.)
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To: headsonpikes; K4Harty

Another Canadian blog well worth reading, particularly on native issues is

http://www.dustmybroom.com

Absolutely, as well. I get there via one of Kate's sidebar links.


21 posted on 09/21/2006 3:01:11 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: GMMAC

Sounds like they are after a Darwin award.


22 posted on 09/21/2006 6:33:37 PM PDT by Fair Go
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To: Fair Go
To me, this evidences a new level of desperation added to the death throes of old media.
Given it now apparently feels compelled to mount its polling chicanery globally, it must realize that, thanks to the Internet, too many people now see through its fraud when it's committed in only one particular geographic locale.

It's the same con game ... only now the msm must seek more shells under which to attempt to hide the factual pea.
23 posted on 09/21/2006 8:43:58 PM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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