Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Desperation at FOX

There's not much the Fair & BalancedTM anchors on FOX News Channel can do to explain away President Bush's awful poll numbers. They can try to point to Karl Rove's nonsensical statement he gave on the subject yesterday (people like him, they just don't like like him). Or they can do what E.D. Hill did this morning on FOX & Friends: they can go right off the deep end.

Hill's argument was that these polls can't really be taken too seriously. They don't include people who only use cell phones, after all. Let's set aside for a moment the fact that this exact same argument was laughed out of the room by conservatives in 2004 when Kerry supporters claimed their candidate had a better chance than it appeared. It's still a bizarre argument.

According to a wire story on this very subject (and surely the impetus for Hill bringing this up this morning), people "who have only cell phones are significantly different [from landline-lubbers] in many ways — typically younger, less affluent, more likely to be single, and more liberal on many political issues" (emphasis added to show just how right I am). So, even if the poll numbers are skewed by the lack of cell-only voters, they're not skewed in the way a FOX anchor would want. If anything, presidential approval poll numbers are artificially inflated.

Ah, I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

Texas Rainmaker has a very useful post on the annual rite of the "Polls Affected by Cell Phones" story.
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