07
Apr
11

here we go again….

Think Progress: This morning, Fox News hosted Rep. Allen West to talk about the budget cuts that the Tea Party wants. In order to frame the discussion as supporting West’s position, which is anti-compromise, the right-wing network cited a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that it claimed showed that most Americans do not want the Republicans to compromise. Host Martha MacCallum claimed the poll showed that “56 percent of Americans say that [Republicans] should stick to their positions.” Watch it:

The problem with the poll that Fox cited is that it doesn’t say anything like what they claim it does. In fact, it appears that they actually switched the numbers around. The poll in question does find that 56 percent of respondents do not want to see the GOP compromise, but the question was directed to self-identified Republicans — meaning that Fox essentially took the number for Republicans and claimed that it represented all Americans:

But hey, it’s hardly the first time Fox reversed poll results to fit its agenda – here


14 Responses to “here we go again….”


  1. 1 Dorothy Rissman
    April 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    How do we fight these liars? This is all Roger Ailes doing. He is a hater and wants Obama destroyed.

    Between the rethrugs and the Mooks, the WATB’s, I do not know which is worse. There

    • 2 Dorothy Rissman
      April 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Sorry, I hit the button too soon. Anyway Stephanie Miller received this letter from a listener who calls the frustrati the Mooks. Stephanie read the letter on theair.

      We know these Mooks. They are constantly undermining our president. The writer also said they are WATBs, whining Ass Titty Babies. I like it. Mooks! Sounds like a gang of thugs. I guess that is what they are.

      You can read the letter on BWD.

  2. 3 anniebella
    April 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Most people know that FOX, trust, truth, have nothing in common. FOX is all about LIES!!!!!!! L(F)- I(O)-E(X)-S!!!!!!!!

  3. 4 sherijr
    April 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Hey all… I just tried to ‘share’ this on Facebook.. and received this message:

    This message contains blocked content that has previously been flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this is an error.

    Does anyone know what this means?

    • April 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      Crikey, that’s bizarre. I’d like to think that Facebook now regards the word ‘Fox’ as abusive, spammy and offensive!

      • 6 sherijr
        April 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        I can’t post any of your links Chipsticks to facebook.. as of about 30 minutes ago, I’m getting that same message. I’ve written to them, but am fairly certain I’ll not hear back. What I was able to do what to just copy and paste your address onto my facebook. But if I click on your facebook link from here- like I said I’m getting that message. I’m going to go try bwd’s site and see if the same thing happens to me with her facebook link.. because then I’m thinking its something to do with me. Will get back to you on this.

        Anyone else try to post to facebook from chip’s facebook link here?

        • 7 sherijr
          April 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm

          Okay I tried bwd’s link… and it ain’t working from hers either.. thus I’m of a mind that someone- one of my ‘friends’ must have blocked it somehow.. if thats possible.. I would think they’d just block me.. instead of putting a block on everything I post. I post only stuff from you and bwd, I can’t figure how this can be appropriate to block. I’m stymied.

    • 8 Dorothy Rissman
      April 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      I have never had that happen. Maybe the social network hates Foxx. That would be funny. On a serious note, do you think it something to worry about?

    • 9 Sonjia Duncan
      April 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      So did I, this is the second time my post from here was blocked. I copied the url for the post from the email and posted it direct to my profile page no trouble. I did report the message and ask them to justify doing that to all of my post from a safe source.

      • 10 sherijr
        April 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm

        Oh thank you for sharing that Sonja, I had to do the same thing you did and I also wrote to facebook and will keep writing to them… it happened to me also a few minutes ago from bwd’s link. I thought it might be a ‘friend’ of mine.. so I actually went and ‘unfriended’ a few folks, lol, omg.

        this is really wrong and I’m super pissed that this can happen. I had to unfriend someone the other day for writing the word PIMP over a photo of President Obama and Gov Duval Patrick.. she is someone who ‘friended’ me and ‘supports’ the President.. but at the same time was writing over the weekend how she’s a proud prostitute and in some twisted way believes she was showing appreciation for these two men by calling them pimps. I was on her in a flash.. she has over a thousand ‘friends’ and not one of them said/wrote a word.. and I’m betting she wasn’t stopped or blocked by facebook either.

  4. 11 StR
    April 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Send this to Media Matters. They have a more mainstream reach to get this into the MSM.

  5. 12 Tien Le
    April 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I’m not seeing where the numbers were reversed. Both say Stick to Positions 56% Compromise 38%. The only difference is that one is on top on FOX and on bottom on paper. What is misleading is if they implied that the entire country felt this way, when it was only the Republicans.

    • April 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Tien, if you look at the Think Progress link to the survey –

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576247331658689202.html

      – you’ll see why they say Fox reversed the figures if you average out the response of Dems, Independents and Republicans to the ‘compromise’ question.

      Do you want Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to make compromises to gain consensus on the current budget debate – Yes:

      68% of Democrats
      76% of Independents

      Do you want Republican leaders in the House and Senate to make compromises to gain consensus on the current budget debate – Yes:

      38% of Republicans
      66% of Independents

      • 14 Tien Le
        April 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm

        I’m just looking at what the fox clip shows and what the figures with the red circle around it in the picture below the clip. They’re the same. Sorry I misunderstood.


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