The PJ Tatler

CNN's Yogi Berra Moment

The Yogi-ism goes, “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”

Well it seems that a recent CNN/Opinion Research poll is experiencing its own Yogi Berra moment when it comes to Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan.

CNN’s poll, released June 1, proclaimed that 58% of Americans opposed the House Budget Committee Chairman’s Path to Prosperity budget. The survey, CNN claimed, was evidence that Americans had given the “thumbs down” to the Ryan plan.

But a new Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll released yesterday finds that only 38% of Americans have even heard of the Ryan plan. In fact, a whopping 61% don’t know much about it.

So the question for all you mathletes out there: How can 58% of Americans be against the Ryan plan if only 38% of them have even heard about it?

The IBD Poll offers this hint, “among those who know about the Ryan plan,  68% agree that opponents are ‘trying to mislead and scare seniors.’ (Even 49% of Democrats agree.) And 54% of this group say media coverage has not been ‘fair and objective.'”

So has CNN’s coverage of the Ryan plan been fair and balanced? As Berra might say, “They’ve made too many wrong mistakes.”