Ed Driscoll

That's a Clown Question Poll

Protesters gather on Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Thousands of people streamed into a park in central Hong Kong on Sunday for what organizers hope will be a peaceful demonstration for democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Veteran blogger Betsy Newmark observes firsthand how the MSM makes the sausage:

I was polled on Sunday by PPP about politics in NC and, for the last question, they asked “Who was more responsible for killing Osama bin Laden, Obama or Romney?” I was just flummoxed. I couldn’t figure out what it was doing in a poll of standard questions on whom I was going to vote for or if I approved or disapproved of certain politicians. Well, now it’s clear what the purpose of the goofy question was – to generate stats so they could make fun of Republicans. Well, I’ll confess – I answered “not sure.” That wasn’t because I wasn’t sure but it was my way of registering how ticked off the question made me. As I tell my students, one problem that we can’t account for in polling is that people lied. So I lied. Now my answer is part of a Comedy Central gag.

If that’s indicative of the quality of the rest of the MSM’s polls, DaTechGuy may be on to something regarding his skepticism.

Meanwhile, Hugh Hewitt brings in Michael Barone and Fred Barnes to make sense of the polls, and the MSM’s non-stop spin cycle.

(H/T: Ace of Spades.)

Update: Speaking of polling, “The San Fran Fed Asks What People Think Of QE3: The People Respond.”

“Weimar” is one of the more popular answers.