Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Right-Wing Zogby Push Poll Gets Debunked by Nate Silver

You just have to read this.

It's practically unbelievable. This right-wing hack (John Ziegler) commissions Zogby to do a poll to demonstrate how Obama voters were "uninformed" by asking them the "correct" response to questions about the Presidential candidates such as

"Which of the four [candidates] started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground?"

In other words, you could only answer "correctly" if you were a brainwashed moron who watched nothing but FOX news. The fact that Obama voters didn't pick the FOX news propaganda answer clearly demonstrates that they are "misinformed." The scandal is that Zogby - a once respected pollster - actually put a poll like this into the field.

(By the way, if you want to know why the supposedly "correct" choices to this poll are actually factually false, Crooks and Liars has a great breakdown here.)

But EVEN MORE BIZARRE is the interview that Ziegler, the right-wing talk show host, gives to Nate Silver after Silver explained the inherent bias in the poll. Here's just one small excerpt from the interview:

NS: Did you have financing for the project or was it paid for out of pocket?

JZ: It is not self-financed.

NS: Who paid for it?

JZ: You think I'm going to tell you that? When you've already shown yourself to be the enemy?

NS: Was it paid for by the RNC?

JZ: [Laughs]. In your world, the question that I would ask you is what question [in the survey] is there any ambiguity as to what the answer is?


NS: What do you mean by "launched his career"?

JZ: The first campaign as told by the person whose position he took in the State Senate, as told by her admission, his first campaign event was in the home of Bill Ayers and his wife. [Laughs] Unless you live in the Obama kool-aid world! That is astonishing to me that you would not accept that! And by the way, when you're given four responses to that question, what else was the response going to be? Sarah Palin?

NS: Well, her husband was a member of a secessionist party.

JZ: You are such a hack! That's a very good analogy.

NS: Do you think that certain types of voters are less well informed?

JZ: I think anyone that looks rationally at these poll results would have to conclude that Obama voters are incredibly poorly informed about major issues that occurred during the campaign -- my guess is because McCain voters got their information from different types of media than Obama voters did.

Exactly. McCain voters got their media from the FOX propaganda machine. Apparently, it's still trying to get out the wackjob propaganda, and doesn't like being questioned very much. Ziegler is obviously a student of Bill O'Reilly.

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