Pre/Post-Election Poll Craziness: Media Rewriting Its Propaganda

Okay.  Six weeks and one Presidential election apart.  Two articles reporting on two polls from the same source (CNNMoney): one titled “Poll: 60% say depression ‘likely’” and one titled “76% say Obama can fix economy – poll.”

Am I the only one who sees a contradiction?

Let’s backtrack a little bit.  Since election day, the Dow has lost 21% of its value, from 9625 on November 4 to today’s close of 7552.  It was 9525 on October 6, the day that 60% of Americans believed that a depression was “likely.”

The CNNMoney story from October 6 begins:

NEW YORK ( — Nearly six out of ten Americans believe another economic depression is likely, according to a poll released Monday.

And it ends:

And [Economic Cycle Research Institute director of research Anirvan] Banerji said that the increasingly grim view of the economy will by itself lead to cutbacks in spending by both consumers and businesses. That in turn will result in greater job losses and more economic pain.

“The fact that the majority of people believe we are going into a depression ensures that the recession will get worse,” Banerji said.

The market has lost over one-fifth of its value since Barack Obama was elected President.  That is a rather stunning display of a complete lack of confidence in his leadership and in his policies.  Such an abandonment from the market following a presidential election is historically unprecedented.  And we are supposed to believe that now 76% of Americans believe Obama can “fix” the economy?

Because Obama has done what, exactly?

First of all, I have to ask: is it THESE people who believe Obama can fix the economy?  Is it the nearly 60% of Obama voters who – on crucial issues such as which party has been in charge of the Congress for the last two years – are dumber than monkeys, but get to vote anyway?

It sure isn’t THESE people, investors or chief executive officers, the people who actually invest and who actually run things.  You poll the CEOs, and you find out that “74 percent of the executives say they fear that an Obama presidency would be disastrous for the country.”  You find out that CEO’s believe that “some of his programs would bankrupt the country within three years, if implemented.”

Barack Obama is being portrayed by the media as the new FDR, superintending the “new new deal.”  That should frankly terrify you, if you had a clue.

Let me tell you what’s going on here: exactly what I and others have been saying would happen.  The same media that has been demonizing the economy as a narrative device to attack Republicans will begin to assure everyone that things will be okay now that Barack Obama is in charge.  Most Obama voters didn’t know that Democrats have actually been in charge of both the House and the Senate for the past two years because the media didn’t want them to know that.  Widespread awareness of such a fact would have undermined the media narrative that Republicans were responsible for the tanking economy.  Better to run one story after another trashing Sarah Palin.

John McCain was portrayed as some kind of older-than-retarded out-of-touch fool for claiming that the fundamentals of the economy were strong when they were at a time when they were ACTUALLY FAR STRONGER THAN THEY ARE NOW (you know, before Obama got elected and the market lost over a fifth of its value).  But you will begin to see “here comes the sun” articles building up the economy now that the election is over and Democrats came out on top.

The media has been so blatantly biased throughout its election coverage that it is completely accurate to say that we are now in a propaganda state.  There is no possible way that Republicans can win in this media climate: whether you look at the Media Research Center, or at the Project for Excellence in Journalism (or again at their brand new study), or at the University of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Advertising Project, there is widespread agreement with one longtime ABC journalist that the media is dangerously biased.  Pew Research discovered that Americans believe by a 70% to 9% margin that the media is biased in favor of Obama and against McCain.  The media now represents a fifth column of government – a propaganda wing – that attacks conservatives and celebrates and defends Democrats and their ideology.  Democracy is going extinct in the country that founded democracy, because no free society can survive such a climate of propaganda.

Are the two polls from CNN contradictory?  Of course they are.  But they are the product of two agendas: agenda #1 was to undermine confidence in the economy in order to get Obama and Democrats elected; agenda #2 is to reinforce confidence in the economy in order to help them be successful.

The problem is that the people who actually invest and who actually run businesses aren’t as stupid and naive as the brainwashed public that voted for Obama and a Democrat super-majority.  That’s why the smart money is bailing our of the economy like rats off a sinking ship so that they can actually keep what little profit they have before the Democrats can begin to start “spreading the wealth around.”

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5 Responses to “Pre/Post-Election Poll Craziness: Media Rewriting Its Propaganda”

  1. anonymous Says:

    “The problem is that the people who actually invest and who actually run businesses aren’t as stupid and naive as the brainwashed public that voted for Obama and a Democrat super-majority. That’s why the smart money is bailing our of the economy like rats off a sinking ship so that they can actually keep what little profit they have before the Democrats can begin to start “spreading the wealth around.”

    You hit the “nail on the head” with the above statement. And NO amount of media propaganda can change the minds of clear thinking, independent Americans.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    While the systemic fatal flaws in our economic system would still exist, Obama could do a great deal to rebuild the confidence of the market by merely assuring the markets that he will not impose tax increases on income or capital gains during at least the next two years.

    But it would be against his nature as a liberal-socialist to do that, so I just can’t see it happening.

    Rather, it’s more likely that he will use the crisis as an opportunity to ram home a truly socialist agenda.

    RAHM EMANUEL: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before. This is an opportunity. What used to be long-term problems — be they in the health care area, energy area, education area, fiscal area, tax area, regulatory reform area — things that we had postponed for too long that were long-term are now immediate and must be dealt with. And this crisis provides the opportunity for us, as I would say, the opportunity to do things that you could not do before.

    What the media does is tell us not to look HERE, but to look “over there.” And very often they paint a false picture about what IS going on “over there.” It’s like pretending you don’t have cancer. It will actually work, for a while. Until the little pains turn into systemic organ failures.

    That’s frankly what I see happening to our country from here on out.

  3. Will Says:

    You said this quite well. Deep down inside I hope some of what you say is not right… but deep down I guess I know it probably is. Anyway, interesting that you liked to my old article on “Why Obama Might Be Our Next President”. That was surprisingly one of the more popular posts on the site. Surprising as I am not knowledgeable at all about politics, somewhat uninterested, and usually write about anything but politics. Sometimes common sense is all you need to see what the future will hold!

  4. Joe O’Biden Says:

    The best International News comment of the week comes from embattled Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe following his bland rejection of Jimmy Carter and Koffi Annan to visit Zimbabwe.

    Americans who don’t know old Bob need a little background. Old Bob is well into his eighties and took himself a new young wife a few years ago. He doesn’t like gays [right or wrong, politically incorrect or not] old Bob goes against popular liberal politics and openly expresses his disdain for the gay community. But he is also known for a deep and abiding respect for President Reagan and the Bush Clan. He is an exception to the rule in African politics on this point too.

    So when he made it perfectly clear at a press conference this week that President Carter and Koffi are not welcome in Zim a reporter asked him whether he would have any objections to a “fact-finding” visit from new President-elect Barack Obama.

    He is reported as having waved his right hand in dismissal the way old Bob has become known to do and his only words were: ‘that young poofter, you know I don’t talk to them.” Then he once more bent the hand down at the wrist and giggled. Yes, they heard him giggle and said “puh.”

    That’s old Bob. You either love him or hate him, whatever you wish, but that’s old Bob with his unique brand of honesty in Africa.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    You know what they say, “Out of the mouths of babes…” And an ounce of common sense is worth a megaton of intellectual elitism.

    I’ve written on the notion that the media would use a bad economy to demonize Republicans and pitch Obama’s change message. The wordpress search engine being inferior to Google’s, I discovered it would be quicker to find someone else’s words than my own – and came across your dose of common sense.

    Don’t worry; the election being over, you can rest assured that people will forget about politics again, and you can make better hay in your own blogging grounds.

    But the realities remain the same. I just came across this bit from an economic forecaster who has been eerily correct predicting total disaster by 2012.

    Which of course would mean that your “healthy living” would be harder to come by than ever!

    We voted for the most inexperienced, and the most radical, President in our country’s history. And we put him over ourselves at the most critical time. And I think we’re going to pay dearly for it. One mistake in leadership could spell our doom. And the media – the blatantly biased, corrupt, dishonest media – will have been largely responsible.

    Can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of Robert Mugabe – but I definitely cheered when he gave Carter – the most incompetent President in US history – and Anon – the most corrupt leader in UN history – most deserved middle fingers. It’s too darn bad that those two fools aren’t given the same treatment when the try to enter America.

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