You know, when the media tries to set a narrative it’s comically stubborn in trying to back it up with evidence, even when the ‘evidence’ is a little shaky.

Take this report I saw today on Yahoo News.

The headline? “Obama Shows Alarming Loss of Ground with Independents, Poll Indicates.”

Okay, that didn’t sound good.

“A new Reuters/Ipsos Poll shows President Barack Obama’s job approval rating among independents (37%) dropped sharply when compared to last month’s rating. According to the poll, the president’s approval rating fell a precipitous 10 percent. Could it spell trouble for his re-election?”

Uh oh.

But wait. Buried right at the bottom of the article were the findings of two other polls, by Gallup and Rasmussen, which put the President’s approval rating among independents at, respectively, 43% and 47%. Yes, 47% – a whole 10% higher than the Reuters/Ipsos poll. That’s just 4% lower than he got in the 2008 election.

“The numbers might be more worrisome for the president … if other polls corroborated the fall in approval ratings … Gallup, which daily tracks the president’s approval rating, showed Obama at 43 percent approval among independents during the same time frame, down only 2 percent from a month ago (and still up by a point over January).”

But it was the Reuters/Ipsos Poll that Yahoo chose to highlight, and feature in their headline.

I dunno, if you had three polls showing wildly different findings, wouldn’t you focus on the middle one?

Or mention that two of the three polls were rather positive for the President?

Then again, “Independent support for Obama down only 2 percent from a month ago (and still up by a point over January)” doesn’t quite fit that narrative, eh?

17 Responses to “yahooooooooooo!”

  1. 1 WalkingOnSunshine
    March 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Have you ever read the comments on Yahoo? Worst filth on the internet…

    • 2 Chi
      March 13, 2011 at 6:23 am

      A lot of it comes from paid trolls…

      The republicans are so desperate and terrified of the good President Obama represents and brings, they are pulling out every trick in bag…

  2. 3 Theo67
    March 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    It amazes me that people choose to follow those who have to lie or distort in order to sell their version of the truth.

  3. 4 Kelly
    March 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Omg OT. I am livid right now. I just saw a Ad paid for by a group calling itself crossroads policy group. I am literally trembling with anger by the blatant lies in this ad. Gaaaah!!!I can’t even reenact this disgraceful commercial, pure lies. What makes me angry is all those folks in WI and around the country protesting the travesty that is befalling the American middle class and still in 60 seconds these propaganda ads set out to lie and destroy all that these honest folks are doing. And they frame the ad like all the protests going on are just to help “Obama”, then they have these old pics of the pres with union signs behind him. They are trying so hard to make this about the pres.
    Anyway I had to google this group and here is one bit of info I got.

    Rove-Affiliated Group Airs Nationwide Ad on Unions

    Mar 9 2011, 9:59 AM ET By Chris Good 3
    The Republican-aligned group Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (better known as Crossroads GPS) is launching a nationwide TV ad criticizing unions, in light of Wisconsin’s fight over collective bargaining.

    Crossroads GPS and its sister organization, American Crossroads, have been promoted by Karl Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, two of President George W. Bush’s top political brains. The groups were criticized heavily by Democrats as “shadowy” and are seen as leading a new wave of (mostly Republican) outside political spending in the post-Citizens United era.

    Crossroads GPS spent over $14 million last year during the 2010 midterms, while American Crossroads reported $25.4 million in 2010 expenditures to the Federal Election Commission.

    source and more

    • 5 wwjjd
      March 13, 2011 at 12:19 am

      I saw that ad earlier today on CNN and I was qute annoyed. My son thought that I had lost my mind after I saw that, the way I was talking, well, yelling at no one in particular…and then they ended it with “tell Obama” something or other. They showed “President Obama” on the screen, but orally referred to him as just “Obama.” The whole ad is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t even have to look up the videos in the ad to know that the Turdblossom Rove did a Fox “news”/O’Keefe edit/hatchet job on them.

      Anyway, back on topic, the media has been trying since 2007 to somehow turn any and everything into bad news for Barack Obama, no matter what the issue. Watch, within the next 2 days, somehow the Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster & now nuclear plant meltdowns will produce a chorus of whines from the media and the loony left on how: 1) this is somehow the President’s fault – he should’ve predicted the quake/tsunami/nuclear meltdowns ahead of time and flown counterclockwise around the earth to stop this from happening!; 2) this shows a weakness in leadership – he should’ve declared on Friday, “We’re all Japanese now!” Anything less is weak & unacceptable!!; 3) he doesn’t care about the Japanese people – “Why wasn’t he on TV yelling about something?!!!”; 4) he cares too much about the Japanese people because he’s anti-american – “Japan hates England” or something, “Kenya, Kenya, Kenya!!!!”; 5) he cares more about the Japanese than he does about “the people in New Orleans,” “Haitians,” “Egyptians,” “New Zealanders,” (insert people other than Japanese here) – “Look at the difference in the response!!!!!” they’ll exclaim…and sooo much more bs. They are so predictable & tiring.

    • 6 Dorothy Rissman
      March 13, 2011 at 1:34 am

      Yup, crossroads is a piece of filthy trash. They roboed my house several times a day to trying to get Dino Rossi, the pig, and yes he is a pig, elected to take Patty Murray’s place in the senate.

    • 7 EDP4BHO
      March 13, 2011 at 1:52 am

      Let a lot of the blame fall on the so-called Supreme Court. And may whoever decided this was the way to win elections, receive the wrath of God, when He has enabled them to sit in a seat meant for true justice. Thurgood Marshall and all decent-minded justices from yesterday should be rolling in their graves. I am beginning to feel like I live in a trash dumpster in this corrupt land. Truly, I do. It’s no better than living in what some dare to call a third-world country, which in and of itself is demeaning as hell to the people who live in those countries. I dare to say, and damn if I offend anyone here, but Rev. Jeremiah Wright was correct when he stated “God damn America”, but in the context of the full quote. America has got a lot to answer for in its treatment of its citizens and its current President. Who would think God would look kindly on an unjust nation? And I am no rebel, but I am damn sick and tired of the evil that permeates the discourse in this country. So any lurkers out there who take offense to what I have shared here, have at it. Prove me wrong. It is now a battle of principalities. I’ve never seen anything like what we are witnessing today, and I am 58 years old, so I am aware of a lot of injustice. And being African American, I feel the pain of what my people have had to go through for far too long. God damn the whole lot of them. Lastly, Chipsticks and all the kindly folks on this site, God bless you all for having a heart and good spirit. I can feel the love you all bring. Peace!

      • 8 Sue in Minnesota
        March 13, 2011 at 4:51 am

        I am on your page. Amen to everything you have said.

        I have always admired Mother Theresa for her self-less dedication to serve others. Taking this from “Meditations from A Simple Path”, it was a sign posted on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta. It inspires and comforts me, especially if I am feeling frustrated by injustice, or a sense of defeat. It also reminds me of the resilience, service and love of our President and FLOTUS.


        People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered…..LOVE THEM ANYWAY

        If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives…..DO GOOD ANYWAY

        If you are successful, you win false and true enemies…..SUCCEED ANYWAY

        The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow…..DO GOOD ANYWAY

        Honesty and frankness makes you vulnerable…..BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY

        What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight…..BUILD ANYWAY

        People really need help but might attack you if you help them…..HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY

        Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth…..GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY

        • 9 EDP4BHO
          March 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

          I remember reading this a long time ago, and in a better mood, I could contend with all of it. I admit I must strengthen my resolve against the evil in this country. That writing is one of the reasons I, and I assume all of us here, supported, worked for, voted for, and continue to support President Obama. He works in that frame every waking day. He and his lovely wife. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a really good Christian. I have much work to do, but I don’t see me ever giving up my righteous indignation when evil harms the masses. Thanks Sue for your encouraging reply. We all need each other here. Just this morning, I’m listening to the local news radio, and the going story is the rethugs are scrambling to name a contender to challenge POTUS, because POTUS has about a billion dollars in campaign reserves, and that his base will come flocking back to him in 2012. They are scared, but the commenter says the rethugs have hope because of the Obama administration. Hope? I am trying to find the hope there based on what is currently going on. The economy is moving, albeit slowly, but I also heard that small businesses are increasingly optimistic about hiring. Strange also is listening to NPR. They in my observation carry water for the GOP yet it is this same party itching to strip public radio of funding. POTUS says the funding should remain. So, I say all this to say, previous rant was and is based on the day to day obfuscation of the facts as we here know them to be. Have a blessed day Sue 😀

          • 10 Sue in Minnesota
            March 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

            Your indignation is honest and justified. I don’t intend for you to dismiss it, after fully connecting with it use it to refuel your energies. As long as you are able to continue to appreciate and believe in President Obama and FLOTUS…I guarnatee you your HOPE is alive. I am by nature a bit of a cheerleader…if I stand on my soapbox for to long or my voice becomes to annoying or to loud….feel free to tell me to step down.

            EDP I am so feeling your frustration…..but know when we finally join forces collectively, and not to be in any way insensitive but I sense the beginnings of a “human tsunami”, we will not only be a force to be reckoned with, we WILL have our day of reckoning. Grab a lifecoat we are in for a wild ride.

    • 11 Sue in Minnesota
      March 13, 2011 at 4:58 am

      Think how many hungry mouths they could feed, or schools they could fund, or any number of services they could provide. I find this really, really disgusting.

    • 12 Andogriff
      March 13, 2011 at 7:37 am

      Thanks for the research, Kelly. I passed this on to my entire mailing list.

  4. March 13, 2011 at 8:44 am


    I think this is something you might be interested in:

    Obama gets laughs at first Gridiron Club dinner as president:


    The President was hilarious: The president said he used to think the House speaker was tan, but after seeing him cry so much, he realized: “That isn’t a tan. It’s rust!”

    I really hope that some video of this is available soon. Sounds like it was hilarious.

    • March 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

      Thank you so much Donna!!!! I used some of your link for the post on the Gridiron remarks with a few other sources, hopefully there’ll be a full transcript available today. Thanks again 😉

  5. March 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Have anyone else noticed that Yahoo news video is usually from Fox. I noticed this a long time ago. The Repub are in full campaign mode. I still think that have wasted alot of their political capital already by coming out so hard but I am nervous because I can’t see right now what the Democratics are doing. I expect the absolute worse from the Repubs. They will do every dirty trick in the world. They always have. I want the President to whip these disloyal dems in shape and lead this party.

    Good find Chipsticks. There is simply no journalist intergrity anymore.

  6. 16 Sonjia Duncan
    March 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Corporations give money to-> Rove crossroads commercials attacking President-> pay media to run commercials-> media is owned by Corporations <-we pay media to keep the cycle going.

    Something is really wrong that we once got our tv for free and now we are paying for corporate propaganda.

    • 17 EDP4BHO
      March 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Hallelujah for facts Sonja. I remember having a more peaceful home environment when TV was free. Three channels. That was it. And, the news reporting was straightforward. Now, I wouldn’t say it was all factual, but straightforward nonetheless. I am debating a way to cease paying a cable company for news and information. Any suggestions anyone?

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