Thursday, December 16, 2010

Digg and the Stupidity of being "Progressive" (UPDATED!!!)

UPDATE: If I had only waited one more day, I would not have had to write this post, because Patterico has done a great job of dissecting the stupidity.

I have a Digg account for some reason. I am not really sure why, it is basically the way that morons send around their misinformation. The "Top Stories" on Digg are always the most popular talking points of the day from the "Progressives." I have yet to see a single day go by where Jon Stewart's comments of the night before are not one of the most DIGGED stories. So, you know what kind of imbeciles hang out there.

Anyhoo, I saw an article from Alternet that was one of the "Top Stories" and this was the post title and lede:
Study Confirms That Fox News Makes You Stupid
A new survey of American voters shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources.

The post referred to a survey performed by World Public Opinion, some idiotfest at the University of Maryland.

If you want some really good data from a survey, go to a university's "Program on International Policy Attitudes." Rock solid numbers folks.

In case you do not know Alternet, they run a far, far, far left site that claims three million hits a month. Quantcast kind of says 1.9MM, but who's counting? Oh, that's right, Quantcast IS! Alternet inflates their traffic by s bunch.

My point is not to say that those folks in the ditch over at Alternet are lying, but...wait...that is EXACTLY my point.

So, back to the lying liefest of the Alternet post. (From this point referred to as POS.)

POS's post went on to explain how misinformed Fox viewers were and POS used the data from this nothing ridiculous sect of Moonbats to back those statements up.

Here is the data from Gaggle of Douchebags at U of Maryland that refers to Fox viewers:
Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely), most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points), the economy is getting worse (26 points), most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points), the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points), their own income taxes have gone up (14 points), the auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points), when TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points) and that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points). The effect was also not simply a function of partisan bias, as people who voted Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to have such misinformation than those who did not watch it--though by a lesser margin than those who voted Republican.

Let's address these point, shall we?

The stimulus lost jobs. There has yet to be a single week in Barry Obama's REIGN of TERROR where jobs were added above and beyond those lost. Not one week. So, okay, Fox viewers believe the truth.

ObamaCare will worsen the deficit. Paying for the medical services of 40 million new deadbeats what exactly? Lower the deficit? Fox viewers 2-0.

The economy is getting worse. There is ZERO debate on that. Mortgage delinquency length has increased threefold, unemployment is rising, inflation is almost stratospheric, gold is at record highs, savings are plummeting. Need more? Didn't think so. Fox viewers 3-0.

The stimulus legislation did not have any tax cuts. Yeah, that is kinda misleading, Obama did reduce withholding taxes, BUT!!! Not the actual income tax due. So, that is really not a tax cut, that is a Bill Deferment. Obama's "stimulus" also returned $400 bucks to individuals and $800 to married couples. (I do not see how exactly that is anything other than $400 dollars to individuals, but I guess they phrased it that way to trick normal people into thinking that Democrats actually value marriage.)

Oh, but on that "REFUND?" It is taxable. At the state level and at the federal level. Do you remember how the left went apoplectic over that when W did it?

So, yes, there was a tax something, it was not a rate cut, it did nothing for anyone other than deadbeats that went out an bought dope, sooooo. Let's say Fox viewers were wrong on that one on a technicality. 3-1.

Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring. Oddly, the question to those surveyed actually said, "Climate Change." I am unsure how the question was framed because they only link the raw data, but I would assume that we are talking about Manmade Global Warming and most other people would make that assumption, too. I am throwing this one out because there is no way that people do not understand that there are weather cycles and there always will be. Still 3-1.

Income taxes have gone up. Mine did. Fox viewers 4-1.

Their own taxes have gone up. Mine did. Fox viewers 5-1.

The auto bailout only occurred under Obama. Even if it was in the works during W Bush, it happened under Obama. Fox viewers 6-1.

Republicans opposed TARP. 91 Republicans voted for it, less than half. Fox viewers 7-1.

It is not clear that Obama was born in the United States. Why do you think that Obama would spend over ONE MILLION DOLLARS fighting showing his Birth Certificate and only show that ridiculous thing from Hawaii? Odd that his mother was in Washington STATE one day before he was born in Hawaii, too. Folks there is so much amiss with Barry's BC that it defies all logic. I'm giving that one to Fox viewers, too. So, Fox viewers come down with eight of those things CORRECT and one WRONG.

Odd, it seems that the people running the survey are stupid. But, hey, let's run around in our little echo chamber of dumbasses with forty IQs and talk about how stupid Fox viewers are.

**Disclaimer: I have not watched Fox News, other than You Tube videos, in over seven years. The people that published both the Alternet post and the survey are the same people that populated the Dixiecrats way back when. Why must they hate so?

Please take the time to comment.


CaptiousNut said...

I'm stealing that pink shirt photo.

Recall my post - Great Neck's Pink Pants

Paul Mitchell said...

Oh, I remember it well.

Moogie P said...

Well, that survey's results can't be validated because the survey obviously omitted any questions about unicorns.

Skunkfeathers said...

'Progressive' regression is accelerating.

Conservative Belle said...

When they don't post the questions and the way they were worded, the survey is automatically suspect to me. PERIOD.

Paul Mitchell said...

C Belle, the questions are actually there, but I never answer a question without clarity, so I assume that there has to be some kind of framing to those questions. It is just hinky to me that there is ANYONE that disputes that climate changes daily...