Thursday, August 19, 2010

Can We Have Some Perspective Please?

Oy vey, here we go again. Yet another stupid poll claiming something ridiculous so everyone can call for the fainting couches:
Nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, said they think Obama is Muslim...

This has liberals very upset; I’ve seen it discussed on the blogs and heard it mentioned on various liberal talk radio stations, always with an air of “oh my GOD can you believe this?” No one seems to remember that back in April that is precisely how many Americans said they supported the Tea Party. What a coinky-dinky.

I wonder if people would be so upset if the story were phrased another way. How about:

More than four out five people, or 82 percent, know President Obama is not Muslim...

Not quite as alarming, is it?

Remember when “four out of five” dentists recommended sugar free gum for their patients? You thought that fifth dentist was a crackpot, right? Well, he/she was. If you Google ”4 out of 5” you find out a lot of interesting stuff. Four out of 5 people want solar panels on their homes. Four out of five one-dollar bills in Chicago carried traces of cocaine. Four out of 5 phones will have GPS by the end of next year.

I don’t know why people are so fascinated by any of this crap except that it’s a symptom of that ”procedural voyeurism” I wrote about last month.

C'mon people.

[UPDATE]: FreakOut Nation has a similar perspective on
the media's reporting of Obama's approval numbers, which despite "plummeting" are nevertheless the best for this point in a presidential term since Eisenhower. Hmm....