Sunday, November 13, 2005

Stooping to Their Level

After railing at Mister Bush and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley all weekend for lying about having been exonerated of having cooked the Iraq intelligence, I find this headline over at HuffPo:
President's Approval Rating Falls To Record Low

It's a link that takes you to the Newsweek article from November 12 that carries the magazine's latest poll results.

The Newsweek piece carries the headline "Autumn of Discontent." Nowhere does the article refer to "record low ratings." In fact, the piece reports that Mister Bush's present 36 percent approval rating equals the low point of Mister Clinton's popularity, and that the Bush 41, Jimmy Carter, and Richard Nixon all had approval ratings worse than 36 percent at some point in their presidencies.

We might consider HuffPo's "record low" reference to be "true" if we take it to mean a "record low" for Bush 43. But it's pretty obvious that they're sending a message that Mister Bush is at a record low for all presidents since polls have been taken. If they're not lying outright, they're being purposely misleading at best.

The folks at HuffPo have done quite a bit of this sort of thing lately, and I really wish they'd stop it.


  1. They were just a bit premature. Liberals and Progressives are well-known for prescience far superior to that of our fellow citizens in the Fascist Party.

    Just wait another week or two, George will prove them right.

  2. LOL. You may well be right, Lurch.

  3. Hey Lurch - sorry for the late response. I'll post here regarding the CA special election, even though it is off topic (sorry, Jeff!).

    Let's see - parental notification for minors before receiving an abortion. I think that make sense. The law contained the appropriate judicial bypass provisions. In every other instance, schools, hospitals, etc., can hardly do so much as look at a minor without the parent signing half a dozen forms in triplicate. Who thinks it is a good idea to subject them to this kind of medical procedure (and the resulting psychological impact of it) without the parents ever knowing. It's a bad idea. There are cases where it is necessary, and that's where the bypass procedure comes in.

    Union dues. Sounds good. If you want to work, in many instances, you have to be in a union, and that means you have to pay dues. I don't see anything wrong with a union worker saying "Hey, I don't want my dues contributed to candidate X." Really, the only reason to be against this is because one wants a person's money to be funneled to Democratic candidates without their consent.

    School funding limits. Sounds like a bad idea to hamstring the legislature as was proposed in the initiative.

    Redistricing. I'm always suspicious when politicians want to redistrict. I'd have voted against this.

    Prescription Drugs. Big Pharma really opposed this measure (or, rather, the two of them). I'm not so sure they were bad ideas. People who need prescription drugs do need some kind of relief.

    Electricity regulation. I don't know enough about this one to say much about it.

    Again, sorry it took me so long!