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DEBUNKED: “Porn in the USA: Conservatives Are Biggest Consumers” ^ | 03/02/09

Posted on 03/02/2009 6:10:33 AM PST by slomark


Hating the media is our reason for living. And we think intentionally misleading news stories are almost as pornographic as pornography. Like the one ABC News ran the other night.

At, we admit right up front that what we do is commentary. On a good day, mildly amusing commentary. We would never call ourselves a news organization, and after this so-called news report, maybe ABC News shouldn’t either. “Porn in the USA: Conservatives Are Biggest Consumers,” (link) ABC’s report, said “Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious.”

The background

According to a study (view PDF (link)) conducted by Benjamin Edelman of the Harvard Business School, there’s very little difference between porn consumption in red states and blue states. In fact, Edelman concludes that “When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different…The differences here are not so stark.”

Unfortunately, ABC started its report by stating a starkly contrary conclusion, then went off on a circuitous safari in search of data to support it. In reality, there’s absolutely nothing in the study to support ABC’s flimsy conclusion that conservatives consume more porn than liberals, because there’s nothing in the study that asked the respondents if they were conservative or liberal. Nothing.

But above and beyond ABC’s outrageous claims, we believe the study itself has serious problems.

For example, the study tracked only paid porn services and completely overlooked the vast quantity of free porn consumed online....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: abcnews; conservtives; medialies; porn
Debunking this "report" was easy. All you have to do is read the original survey, and realize also they only checked for paid porn (calling it consumed porn) and ignored free porn (the majority).

The media has linked ABC's report EVERYWHERE as people laughed at "hypocritical conservative pervs." We need to get the article linked into all the places peoplee posted ABC's report.

1 posted on 03/02/2009 6:10:34 AM PST by slomark
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How about a Conservative class action law suit instead?

2 posted on 03/02/2009 6:22:20 AM PST by CindyDawg
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Actually, I think a larger problem is that they did their research by state, rather than by individual. Not everyone in a conservative state is conservative. Houston, for instance, is a very conservative city (when you include the suburbs) — but, it also has one of the largest gay communities in the country.

Secondly, even if the report is accurate — who cares? Christians and conservatives will readily admit that their moral standards are unattainably high, and that we are all fallen beings. I am not among those that believe hypocrisy is the highest crime — those with moral standards are invariably hypocritical in some respect. Punishing hypocrisy higher than moral turpitude simply rewards the lack of standards to violate.

We are saved by Christ’s sacrifice — not by our piousness. Many genuine Christians struggle with pornography.


3 posted on 03/02/2009 6:24:16 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Proud Charter Member of the Republican Resistance.)
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A holier than thou liberal friend sent this to me this weekend to point out Conservative hypocracy.. after a long spill about personal responsibility versus government regulation and the misuse of statistics, I also pulled out a chart that showed that Viagra sales are higher in Blue States, thus the conclusion that porn sales are lower there because liberals just can’t ‘function’. That shut him up.

4 posted on 03/02/2009 6:44:38 AM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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Another “Benjamin Edelman” study. Enough said.

5 posted on 03/02/2009 6:57:33 AM PST by Obamageddon (Birth certificate and college transcripts will be required for Federal employment, Mr. Soetero)
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Anyone that has attended an adult, all-male Bible study (or similar) group knows that this is a huge temptation for men of all ages and types. The hypocrites aren’t the men that view porn, it is the men that claim they aren’t tempted by it.

I’m not making an excuse, I’m facing reality. Like a lot of temptations in life, men need help with this one. Unfortunatly, it isn’t one men (at least Christian men) talk about much openly (certainly not in front of their wives, who are not going to understand the temptation.)

Our chruch encourages men to get involved in a “men only” group for exactly this reason. There are some temptations that are unique to men and can only be handled with the support of other men.

6 posted on 03/02/2009 7:00:05 AM PST by Brookhaven (Until the three traitors are removed from the Republican Party, I am no longer a Republican.)
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Did you guys see THIS FR thread? Hubba, hubba!

7 posted on 03/02/2009 7:42:23 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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I have to say I’m quite shocked you all are not more interested in having this rebuttal to the article that has liberals laughing all over the net. Oh well.

8 posted on 03/02/2009 11:18:36 AM PST by slomark (
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It’s for medicinal purposes.

I’m not kidding, either. I’ve heard from several older guys that it’s cheaper and safer than Viagra.

9 posted on 03/03/2009 1:56:56 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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