Today’s post is at The Stream: Be Skeptical of the Polls: Is the media lying to boost Hillary?
Note: I’m putting the Summary Against Modern Thought Sunday series on hiatus until after the election, on 13 November.
The other day on 27 October—this was all before the DickiLeaks business, an important point—another State media poll came out which had Hillary +9. Nine full points ahead of Trump. Nine.
State media? The media that colludes with the elites of both parties to maintain the status quo. The folks who cycle in and out of and cozy up to government. All the usual suspects.
Anyway, after the unbelievable nine-point-lead poll, there was a poll immediately after, which put Honest Hillary Clinton at +12. Twelve points up! Twelve! (I am writing this next number standing on my desk, shouting…) TWELVE!
These were my actual thoughts, in order, when I first heard that number:
- HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
- Only graduates of Yale or Wesleyan are going to believe it.
- What is it going to do to the souls of those who know better but feel they have to defend it?
- State media has slit its own throat.
Now in these once United States, anything north of four or so is called a “landslide”. An idiotic name, but one which encapsulates the truth that it is difficult in the extreme to win presidential elections by large numbers. Consider that the Olympian himself, the Self-Anointed One, the Big O, beloved and adored far and wide, and genuinely popular in 2008, finished the race with 53% to McCain’s 46%, a huge 7-point lead (I’m rounding all numbers for ease of presentation).
A race that bettered this was Reagan trouncing Mondale 59% to 41%, an 18-point whopper of a margin. And then there was monumental year of 1972, which saw Nixon doing to McGovern what Germany did to Poland, crushing him 61% to 38%, a 23-point earthquake. A real landslide.
Since Nixon, victories average about 4 points. Yet in the +12 poll, we were asked to believe Hillary is so popular, so beloved of the nation, so exciting a candidate, that she could win by a rare and stunning twelve points. We were asked to believe Hillary was more popular than Obama was in his first run, when the State media was wetting itself over Barry’s pants crease. We were asked to believe the impossible.
When asked to believe the impossible, don’t believe it. Why? Because it’s impossible.…
Whatever else happens in this race, it has been a pleasure watching the media destroy what little credibility they had left. Thank God for alternate sources, like the one you’re reading now.