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10 October, 2008

Bullshit poll from FOX News

Why does it surprise me that this is bullshit? Well it doesn't. But it is always interesting how the headlines match up with the content of the story.

Here is the story: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,436023,00.html

The headline was: Character Questions Dog Campaign

The subtitle was: FOX News poll shows Obama's Ayers, Wright friendships and McCain's attacks are shaping voter perceptions

But what does the article actually say? Well, not a whole lot. The data about Ayers suggests that about 1/3 of undecided voters are swayed in the negative about Obama as a result of this story. But one would EXPECT that 1/3 of "undecided" voters would probably be leaning McCain anyway, so I don't see this as remotely newsworthy.

The other big "point" they make in the story is that apparently the people they polled think that Obama is putting his campaign ahead of the country, and vice-versa about McCain. Who knows what that is all about.

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