Thursday, July 26, 2007

Times doesn't believe its own poll

I didn't find it (I didn't look very hard either) but Fox reported that

The New York Times has written an almost apologetic note to readers saying that it was so amazed by poll results showing that support for the initial invasion of Iraq is higher now than two months ago — that it re-did the poll.

The Times says that a second run at the question a few days later revealed nearly identical results — 42 percent saying the U.S. did the right thing — 51 percent disagreeing.

The paper writes — "While we didn't understand a lot more about what was driving the change, we had confidence in the results... One thing is for sure. We'll be asking the question again."

Hey if they work a little harder, I'm sure they can push those numbers back down!

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Luther said...

This appears to be the actual article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/24/us/24poll.html

I'm not making a personal statement, but the overall findings were that most people felt at the time that the invasion was justified - but that 66 percent of respondents feel we should now reduce troops or leave altogether. I just find it interesting that Fox selectively highlighted only the data that better supports the pro-war agenda. I guess most media outlets have a political agenda whether they are conservative or liberal, and whether they want to admit it or not.

Again no personal statement other than to point out bias in the selective reporting.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Thanks for the link. (It's too late!) I haven't looked at it yet, but yes, I wondered about what else was in the poll(s).

11:34 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I just find it interesting that Fox selectively highlighted only the data that better supports the pro-war agenda.

I should add that their report was on television during a segment they call Political Grapevine--which reports just politics.

The show, Special Report, cites polls probably daily showing lack of support for the war, the president and congress. Usually not NYT's polls, but Rasmussen and Fox Dynamic Opinion Polls.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

Just more proof that the NYT is staffed by biased hippie luuuzers!

1:06 AM  
Anonymous luther said...

luuuzers!
lol - I've never seen that spelling.

12:04 PM  

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