Hill Poll Proof Propaganda Rules the Day

Sorry but this Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll is proof positive that the GOP political infrastructure running FoxNEWS and it’s little sibling radio empire echo chambers have effectively used propaganda to insulate a large segment of the U.S. voting population from reality.

The polling firm Penn, Schoen and Berland conducted the survey, contacting 4,047 likely voters by phone between Oct. 2 and Oct. 7. The margin of error for this sample is 1.5 percent.

More than one in every five Democrats (22 percent) in The Hill’s survey said their party was more dominated than the GOP by extreme views. The equivalent figure among Republicans is 11 percent.

Results for independent voters reflected the larger sample. Forty-three percent of likely independent voters said the Democratic Party is more dominated by its extreme elements, compared to 37 percent who thought the GOP had fallen under the sway of extreme views.

This is the direct result of systematic, intentional right wing media deregulation. If reasonable people wish to ever see their political process return to some semblance of sanity then the focus of grass roots efforts on reform needs to directed on reversing the decades of destruction wrought on the journalism.

As Amy Goodman said so appropriately,

“Journalism is the only profession explicitly protected by the U.S. Constitution, because journalists are supposed to be the check and balance on government. We’re supposed to be holding those in power accountable. We’re not supposed to be their megaphone. That’s what the corporate media have become.”

UPDATE: Thanks to The Atlantic Wire for picking up my post as well as comments from Outside the Beltway, Booman Tribune and JammieWearingFool.

2 Responses to “Hill Poll Proof Propaganda Rules the Day”

  1. Mark Rudoff says:

    Does this study prove anything? There is a fundamental flaw in the design. The key is the population: likely Dem or Rep voters. What happens in, say, Nevada? Likely Rep includes Sharron Angle supporters, exactly the people who do not consider TeaParty views extreme, so they think the party is fine. Likely Dem includes the disaffected Reps who may part their vote with the Dems, even though they fear the party is controlled by folks more liberal than themselves. Likely Dem excludes disaffected liberals who consider Harry Reid a yellow dog, so are either sitting out the election or have not decided yet. So: Fox and Third Way – stop your gloating. There is nothing new here, not to anyone on the left who has been working on this election.

    For sure, FoxNews et al have mendaciously, cynically skewed any discussion of left, right and (especially) center. And in an indirect way, I can agree that the study shows how effective these outlets have been in marginalizing progressive views.

  2. Mark,

    Empirically any individual survey proves absolutely nothing. That said, this particular one was so seemingly counter-intuitive I was forced to draw my own conclusions. I am of the opinion that the consistent and repeated messaging delivered by the right has the effect of creating a perceived reality that is at odds with the facts.

    My point in this post is to say that in the past there were rules in place (ownership rules, fairness, etc.) that made this kind of massive misinformation more difficult.


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