Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Media Malpractice - How Obama Got Elected

The short film, "How Obama Got Elected", went viral on the internet, and stirred up virulent hate in Obama supporters, who have gone after the film's creator with ugly emails and threats.

Don't kill the messenger people! It's not John Zieger's fault that the press did a better P.R. job for Obama than any paid company could EVER do.

The premise of the film was to show how uninformed voters were, but NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE STUPID, BUT BECAUSE THE MEDIA FAILED IN ITS DUTY TO INFORM.

The questions Ziegler asked of those interviewed for the film were also asked in a poll conducted by the respected polling firm, Zogby, with very similar results. 57.4% of those Zogby polled could not answer questions like "which party controls Congress" but 93% of them could tell you about Palin's pregnant daughter.

Why is that? Because the mainstream media buried negative stories about Obama and Biden, and reported negative stories - some of which were not checked for accuracy and were later exposed as lies - about McCain and Palin.

Even the most ardent Obama supporter would do well to consider what this means. If the media had been that deep in the tank for McCain, you'd all be screaming outrage, and rightly so.

The press has destroyed itself. Their credibility is shot. What used to be a respected and respectable profession has sunk uniformly to the level of gossip-mongering and cheer-leading. It isn't even the actions of a few, but of whole networks, controlled by corporations, who made clear which candidate was to be given good coverage and which was to be slammed.

This left Americans who have grown up, as many of us did, believing that news anchors were unbiased reporters, to be bamboozled by what we saw on tv or read in the papers. It had to be true, right, if the "New York Times" and CNN both said it. As a result, many busy, hard-working, good, trusting American voters, who don't have the luxury of time to cruise the internet and find out for themselves what was really going on, were left with false impressions and misinformation.

Zogby Poll

512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points

97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates

Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions

57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

71.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

And yet.....

Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes

Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter

And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!

Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.

Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)

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