Misleading Matters


By: Bob Parks

Unlike our political counterparts who are too intelligent to waste time to hear or read what the other side is saying, I am always curious as to what liberals are thinking.

With that, I subscribe to the Media Matters daily updates. With that, there is one constant with every new daily entry they off up: the media and conservatives “mislead.” There are some newsletters where every other line has the word “mislead” or “misled.” It’s as if we’re always misinterpreting a liberal position here, or someone is always mischaracterizing his or her position there.

One of the latest emailings I received laments the fact that a perception has been advanced where Americans may be more conservative than liberal. Perish the thought….

Dear Friend,

How many times have you heard in the media that America is a conservative country which is becoming more conservative every day? It’s a claim that has been repeated so often by the media it’s become conventional wisdom. Well, Media Matters for America and the Campaign for America’s Future have examined 20 years of independent, nonpartisan polling data to prove that this claim is FALSE.

“FALSE” in all caps.

I’m not sure if America is becoming a conservative country. I know it always was.

“In our new joint report — “The Progressive Majority: Why a Conservative America is a Myth” — we show the conventional wisdom that Americans are overwhelmingly conservative is simply wrong. On issue after issue, a majority of Americans agree with progressives and have for decades.”

» Read the Report and Spread the Word!

Yeah, will do….

Here are some of our key findings from the report:

The role of government — 69 percent of Americans believe the government “should care for those who can’t care for themselves;” twice as many people (43 percent vs. 20 percent) want “government to provide many more services even if it means an increase in spending” as wanted government to provide fewer services “in order to reduce spending.”

This 69 percent thing could be true, but it also depends how their poll question was phrased. If someone were to ask you, “Some people think the government should provide fewer services, even in areas such as health and education, in order to reduce spending. Other people feel that it is important for the government to provide many more services even if it means an increase in spending. Where would you place yourself on this scale, or haven’t you thought much about this?” Of course, a responder would say the government should help fund services, such as health and education. America has always been a charitable and compassionate nation.

Now if the question was, “Should the government continue to fund wasteful programs or those that make more people dependent?” I’d be willing to bet the responders would respond in the negative. Simply stated, Media Matters is implying that a “Progressive America” wants bigger government.

That is misleading.

The economy — 77 percent of Americans think Congress should increase the minimum wage; 66 percent believe “upper-income people” pay too little in taxes; 53 percent feel the Bush tax cuts have failed because they have increased the deficit and caused cuts in government programs.

Class warfare is a tried-and-true tactic that’s getting real old.

According to the Media Matters poll, while 66 percent believe the rich weren’t being soaked enough, they didn’t tell the newsletter readers that 53 percent of responders believe they are paying too much.

That is misleading.

Sounds like some people have something in common with the rich, unlike the perception being pushed by Media Matters that we hate the rich bastards’ guts. Also, Media Matters is echoing the notion that the Bush tax cuts have increased the deficit and caused cuts in government programs.

Only a spoiled brat covering his or her ears while screaming would not know that tax cuts are what have always reduced the deficit. When people have more of their own hard-earned dollars in their wallets, the spend more, thus record amounts of money is coming into a government that doesn’t create or do anything but confiscate our money by threat of imprisonment.

And what government programs have been cut that aren’t wasteful…?

Social issues — 61 percent of Americans support embryonic stem cell research; 62 percent want to protect Roe v. Wade; only 3 percent of Americans rank gay marriage as the “most important” social issue.

Sixty-one percent of Americans are probably under the impression that embryonic stem cell research has cured illnesses. Can Media Matters name one? Adult stem cells have already produced positive results against juvenile diabetes, produced a lasting 80 percent reversal of Parkinson’s symptoms, as well as spinal cord injury reversals using adult cells from their own nasal tissue. Media Matters forgot to mention facts.

That is misleading.

Security — 43 percent of Americans say we are spending too much on our military; 60 percent feel the federal government should do more about restricting the kinds of guns that people can purchase.

» Read the Report and Spread the Word!

Heard you the first time.

So, “43 percent of Americans say we are spending too much on our military.” Conversely, basic math dictates that 57 percent of America thinks we’re spending either enough or not enough.

Duh.

And the restricting of “the kinds of guns” thing is about assault weapons, not gun control. Most people have problems with ordinary citizens packing AK-47s. Ask if they want to restrict the right of a woman to be able to protect herself from a rapist with a .38….

The environment — 75 percent of Americans would be wiling to pay more for electricity if it were generated by renewable sources to help reduce global warming; 79 percent want higher emissions standards for automobiles.

Okay, to use Media Matters’ favorite word, that was “misleading.” Their poll shows that between 1992 and 2007, “People should be willing to pay higher prices to protect the environment”, the percentage went down from 67 to 60 percent agreeing. Those who disagree went up from 32 t0 37 percent, and I can’t find the 75 percent number. I’m sure it’s there but my conservative eyes are being repelled from the “truth”….

The fact that 79 percent want higher emission standards for cars is no newsflash. Despite what Media Matters would insinuate, conservatives are not for polluting the environment. They would just hope that legislation would not reduce the passenger safety of a purchased automobile just to make the car pollute less. If there can be a happy medium, more power to ya.

Energy — 52 percent of Americans believe “the best way for the U.S. to reduce its reliance on foreign oil” is to “have the government invest in alternative energy sources;” 68 percent of the public thinks U.S. energy policy is better solved by conservation than production.

Tell you what; when alternative energy sources can be produced reliably, people will go for it. However, going to your local diner for their waste fryer oil is not an attractive alternative, especially when that oil becomes a brick in the winter.

Maybe if the federal government could corral the states into accepting one uniform blend of gasoline instead of the many that states require for their individual standards, it may require less time to process and the production could be streamlined. That means lower prices at the pump, imagine that.

Immigration — 57 percent of Americans feel “most recent immigrants to the U.S. contribute to this country” rather than “cause problems.” 67 percent of Americans feel that “on the whole” immigration is a “good thing for this country today.” 


So, call someone’s house and ask them a question that should the responder give a negative, you’ve implied they’re a racist. And if 57 percent of Americans feel that recent immigrants contribute more than cause problems, I’d be curious to see an answer if the question was, “Do ILLEGAL ALIENS contribute to this country or cause problems?”, Media Matters would probably not publish those results.

No one has every said “immigration” was bad for the country. “Illegal immigration” pisses people from every socio-economic, ethnic, and political group off. Visit Los Angeles.

Health care – 69 percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have access to health coverage; 76 percent find access to health care more important than maintaining the Bush tax cuts; three in five would be willing to have their own taxes increased to achieve universal coverage.

» Read the Report and Spread the Word!

Yes, I have skimmed the report and am spreading the word! And liberals call conservatives lemmings taking marching orders….

I would be willing to bet that 69 percent is made up of people who either have the government pay for their healthcare now, or working people who have their healthcare costs deducted from their paychecks and co-pay upon visiting a clinic. However, here in Massachusetts they’ve mandated that everyone have health insurance, or else.

Isn’t it curious how liberals come up with such wonderful ideas, that they have to force you to sign on? Next year at tax time, when those who traditionally didn’t get health insurance because they’re young, healthy and didn’t think they needed it get socked with a $1,500 fine against their tax returns, we’ll see how popular government-mandated health insurance really is.

“As you can see, this is a broad range of issues. And despite the perception given by the media, Americans hold progressive positions on all of them. The independent, non-partisan polling data — gathered over the course of 20 years by sources such as American National Election Studies, the General Social Survey, and Gallup Polls — speak for itself.

“Media Matters for America and Campaign for America’s Future examined not only the top-level conclusions, but the underlying questions asked in each of the surveys. You can click here to view our full findings, complete with supporting materials.

» Read the Report and Spread the Word!

“Even in light of our new report, the media may not be quick to change their tune. That is why it is so important that you help spread the word. Information is power. Click here to let your friends, family members and colleagues know about our findings.

“By spreading the word you can help expose the myth that we live in a conservative America and show people — by using the facts — that you truly are among America’s Progressive Majority.”

Signed, “David Brock,
President and CEO
Media Matters for America.”

Just to let you know, I’ve disabled all the links Media Matters embedded in their text. You are all educated people and can find them yourselves. Media Matters would never provide links to my columns, so why do I need to provide them with hits to justify their existence…?

What’s obviously so scary to liberals in places like Media Matters is that people are just too ill-informed, thus stupid, to agree with them. A conservative America must be exposed as a myth or spreading their misleading opinions and surveys will be that much harder.

Can’t have that.



Bob Parks is a member/writer for the National Advisory Council of Project 21, VP of Marketing and Media Relations/Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, and VP of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly

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