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How Obama Got Elected (Update)

John on November 17, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Well, I guess you can consider this a follow-up to Howard Stern, but the accompanying Zogby Poll pretty much confirms a conservatives worst fears about how the media swayed the election. Let’s start with the video:

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Now the poll data:

57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

81.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

And yet…..

Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes

Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter

And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her “house,” even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!

Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.

The “Russia from my house” line is the one that steams me. I pointed out prior to the election that this was a widespread misconception based on a dishonestly edited interview and piled on by a bevy of late night comedians. Here’s my previous correction on this. But just because it bothers me here it is again:

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Everything in bold was edited out of the broadcast. Let’s try it this way:

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War.

Sounds rather different, don’t you think? Probably wouldn’t have become a line that 87% of voters knew on election day if they’d edited it that way. Oh, but that’s cheating you say? So explain to me the edits made to Barack Obama under very similar circumstances. 60 minutes literally cut to an answer he have five minutes later in response to a totally different question!

In short, the media chose Obama’s best, most concise answer but when it came to Palin they eliminate the answer that would have explained her response, i.e. “perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relations with all of these countries…” Instead they took the initial response and let it hang out there like raw meat for the comics. Intentional? Hell yes.

And that doesn’t even get into the dishonest splash about Palin wanting to start a war with Russia from the same interview! Even though she clearly said she would not want to start a war with Russia, they edited that part out and ran a banner headline claiming she might start a war.

EXCLUSIVE: GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY

Less than 24 hours later they ditched the ALL CAPS headline and rewrote the story in a more responsible manner, but the damage was done.

Overall, ABC, NBC and CBS ran 18 negative stories about Palin for every one positive. That killed the lead McCain briefly had after her convention speech. They turned it around for Obama. It wasn’t that he ran a flawless campaign. It was that his flaws got relatively little airtime.

So in the end, 87% of voters walked into that booth believing Palin “could see Russia from her house” which was a joke from a Saturday Night Live skit. Only 44% knew about Obama kicking off his political career at terrorist Bill Ayers’ house, which was a fact based on the testimony of eyewitnesses.

Ya think the media had a horse in this race?

Update: Hot Air notes that John Ziegler who created the video and paid for the poll is responding to critics. He offers to pay twice the cost of a new poll aimed at McCain voters. However if the poll shows McCain voters were statistically better informed, the other party must agree to repay his money plus the cost of the initial Obama poll. So far no takers.

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