Kathy Shaidle

Brown Victory Destroys Media Matters’ Reading Comprehension Skills

Posted on January 20 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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That clunking sound you hear is the Media Matters spin machine breaking down.

The George Soros Steno Pool is so unglued this morning that they’ve either lost their ability to read simple English, or more likely, they’re just twisting simple facts into pretzels in sheer desperation.

Today they announce: “Poll undermines conservative claim that Brown victory is a rejection of health care reform”

Here’s their “logic”:

Numerous conservative media figures have suggested than a victory by Republican candidate Scott Brown would indicate massive popular rejection of health care reform. In fact, election night polling by Rasmussen Reports undermines this claim, showing that a higher percentage of Martha Coakley voters than Brown voters said that health care reform was the most important issue in determining their vote.

Nope, I don’t get it either.

Such percentages don’t matter. Obviously, their were fewer Coakley voters last night, and that’s what counts, not what was on their (less numerous) minds in the voting booth. Maybe a higher percentage of (more numerous) Brown voters were thinking of what kind of beer they’d order at the victory party. So what?

When Media Matters isn’t holding up the Rasmussen poll to make its point, it’s questioning the impartiality (and therefore, the accuracy) of Rasmussen polls in general:

Rasmussen election night poll shows more Coakley than Brown voters said health care reform most important factor in determining their vote. A Rasmussen Reports election night poll in Massachusetts found that 63 percent of Coakley voters said health care was the most important issue in determining their vote, while 52 percent of Brown voters said it was their top issue.

As Media Matters for America has documented, Rasmussen previously reportedly worked for President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign and for the Republican National Committee in 2003 and 2004.

Wow. Just… wow.

Here’s another poll for Media Matters to consider:

Fifty-two percent of Bay State voters who were surveyed as the polls closed said they opposed the federal health care reform measure and 42 percent said they cast their ballot to help stop President Obama from passing his chief domestic initiative.

48 percent of Massachusetts voters said that health care was the single issue driving their vote and 39 percent said they voted for Brown specifically because of his vocal opposition to the measure.

Massachusetts has had a law in place for the past four years that requires every resident to purchase health insurance, and reaction among residents to the mandate has been mixed (…) [T] hat program remains controversial with voters who have not seen their medical costs drop significantly.

Imagine how hard Media Matters worked last night and this morning to try to glean something, anything, pro-Coakley out of that data.

George Soros, give that boy an Employee of the Week award!

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