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Healthcare Poll Nonsense

The lamestream media told you:

Steven Thomma, writing for the McClatchy newspaper chain says, "A majority of Americans want Congress to keep the new health-care law or actually expand it, despite Republican claims that they have a mandate from the people to kill it, according to a new McClatchy Newspapers-Marist poll. The post-election survey indicated that 51 percent of registered voters want to keep the law or change it to do more...

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Polls like this are nonsense on their face, since even the members of Congress who signed the gigantic bill don't know what's in it. Asking people what they think of something they know nothing about is scandalous just on logical grounds.

Reporting about a bogus and manipulative propaganda effort like this might have merit. Using it as a news story, to provide support for a politician's waning popularity, is as serious an ethical breech as
flat out lying. The all-too-common reporter excuse that, "I accurately reported what the survey said," is no excuse and just adds to the embarrassing humiliation that has become U.S. "news."

It's not known if the reporter helping to perpetrate the hoax was aware of how bad this is, or if he was duped just like his readers. It was not known at press time if any of the survey respondents could name even a dozen of the hundreds of provisions in the massive bill they say they like, or describe even a single item in it with any degree of accuracy.


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