The 2004 Presidential Election

And the winner is…  Fox News Channel!

George Bush’s greatest support in the 2004 election came from white people who believe that the war in Iraq is going well and that Iraq is part of the war on terrorism.  These numbers come from exit polls--you know, those polls that are always wrong when they show Democrats winning!
Chicago Tribune

Remember what PIPA said about Fox News watchers.
Program on International Policy Attitudes


October 2, 2003

Note: Misperceptions included were that
evidence of Iraq-al Qaeda links have been
found, WMD have been found and world
public opinion favored
Iraq war.

The extent of Americans’ misperceptions vary significantly depending on their source of news. Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions. [Emphasis added.] Those who receive most of their news from NPR or PBS are less likely to have misperceptions. These variations cannot simply be explained as a result of differences in the demographic characteristics of each audience, because these variations can also be found when comparing the demographic subgroups of each audience.

So we can chalk up a clear victory for the Fox News Channel.  But of course hate radio is also to blame.  Its shock jocks are just as tied to the Republican talking points as Fox News.  And those jocks have almost total sway throughout the nation.

How obvious does it have to be that we progressives must have our own media?

This country needs an organization dedicated to establishing, developing, and supporting talented researchers, writers, investigative reporters, speakers, filmmakers, and cartoonists who believe in truthful reporting and commentary, and making sure their work receives wide exposure.  Creating and supporting new and independent media outlets is one of the ways of accomplishing this goal, especially if these outlets are sponsored by an umbrella organization that provides funding, and perhaps spins off some profit making endeavors that send after-tax profits back to the tax exempt corporation.  That way, a contribution to the umbrella organization is not only tax deductible, it is a gift that keeps on giving.

I hear rumblings that there is now some dim awareness in the Democratic powers that be that some such organization is needed, but I have little confidence in anything put together by the same New York/Washington/Los Angeles axis that has lost the last three elections.  It's time for new ideas and new talent.  There are thousands of us Internet activists who just need a little funding to build our own Mighty Wurlitzer.  We've been totally ignored by the Party, and just look at how much good that has done.

“Moral values”?  Maybe not.

Bloggerman, by Keith Olbermann

November 14, 2004 | 3:05 p.m. ET

I swear: I'm on vacation (Keith Olbermann)

[T]he most remarkable read of the day is probably the item buried on page A5 of The Washington Post. There, Charles Babington and Brian Faler take the wind out of the primary post-election grist for the yak-fests of radio and television: the overwhelming relevance of “Moral Values” to 2004’s presidential voters.

You will recall that the Exit Polling on November 2nd ranked the most important issues as follows:

       1. Moral Values, 22%

       2. Economy and Jobs, 20%

       3. Terrorism, 19%

       4. Iraq, 15%

The authors point out that those results came when pollsters offered voters a list of which issues factored most into their decision to vote. They note that last week, Pew Research went back and surveyed voters again, and took their temperatures in two ways - with a list (as was offered on election day), and without one (in other words, voters had to remember their issues; it ceased to be multiple choice). Those working off the checklist responded similarly to the election day exit pollees:

       1. Moral Values, 27%

       2. Iraq, 22%

       3. Economy and Jobs, 21%

       4. Terrorism, 14%

But the free-form Pew survey produced entirely different data. Given nothing to work with, simply asked to name the deciding factor in their vote, “moral values” shrunk back to human size:

       1. Other, 31%

       2. Iraq, 25%

       3. Moral Values, 14%

       4. Economy and Jobs, 12%

       5. Terrorism, 9%

Babington and Faler point out that “other” included such gems as not liking Bush, not liking Kerry, honesty, and presumably “I was following instructions from Jon Stewart.”

Oh and by the way: how come the “Kerry’s winning” part of the election night exit polling is presumed to have been wrong, or tampered with, but the “Moral Values” part of the same polling is graded flawless, and marks the dawn of a new American century? [Emphasis added.]