Saturday, November 21, 2009

Manufacturing The Message

Yesterday evening I saw this announcement on Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' Facebook page.

That's nice. She's going to be on Greta Van Susteren's program. Not easily impressed, I moved on. But then it was followed by this entry.

A teaser? Drop dead time? Both puzzled and curious, I clicked on the link and up popped two photos of Greta, one with Senator Kyl and one with McMorris Rodgers. They're going to be on the program. This was the teaser for McMorris Rodgers' appearance:

and .... Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodger about cancer screenings for women...and Governor Palin (fyi: she has something to say about Governor Palin and having a special needs the Governor, the Congresswoman has a special needs child)

Palin? Then a survey on the right side of the page caught my attention.

As you can see from the answers you are allowed to choose from, it's evident that the poll's creator is ensuring the results are slanted. Desperately so. Last night there were only 993 responses to the poll.

This morning there are over ten thousand.

Strange. There must be a lot of late-night Fox News addicts answering the poll on Greta's page. I clicked on the link to see where that would take me and after digging around a bit, I found this particular poll. Greta is the author.

(For a measure of the incivility and ignorance promoted by many cable "news" programs, browse the comments. And you know how people can get when they're uncivil.)

But there's more. I know it could be painful for some, but watch Greta's interview with McMorris Rodgers. You have to get though the U.S. Chamber of Commerce commercial and then you're losing another six minutes of your life and I apologize for that. Now there is a shortcut available. Notice in the description of the video--Hey, I thought this was an interview with Cathy McMorris Rodgers--there's a link to the transcript. You can read that, but then you'll miss all the video of Sarah Palin.

I liked the warning next to the transcript link. At least Fox News is honest about something.

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