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Want to see how an agenda-driven MSM can create perceptions? Just view how two parties that jointly conducted a poll publish the results.

Zogby says: UPI/Zogby Poll: Most Americans Say Iraq War Not Lost

A majority of Americans - 54% - believe the United States has not lost the war in Iraq, but there is dramatic disagreement on the question between Democrats and Republicans, a new UPI/Zogby Interactive poll shows. While two in three Democrats (66%) said the war effort has already failed, just 9% of Republicans say the same.

Sounds like good news, right?

Apparently the MSM doesn’t think so. Newsbusters points out that MSM seems to lack interest in such news.

The good news is that one outlet has covered the poll results. Okay, so it’s the UPI - an outlet that conducted the poll with Zogby - but still, at least they’re covering it, right? But before you get too excited, look at how they’re covering the results…

UPI headline: UPI Poll: Opposition to Iraq war has grown

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Half of the respondents to a UPI-Zogby International poll said they now strongly oppose the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Now look at those results (by the two organizations that conducted the poll) side by side:

A majority of Americans believe the United States has not lost the war in Iraq.

and…

Half of the respondents said they now strongly oppose the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Maybe we should be more specific when requesting the MSM cover good news about Iraq.

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The MSM sure has kicked their Democrat campaign machine into high gear…

More than four in 10 French and Germans would like to see Democratic candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton elected US president in 2008, a survey by a Canadian pollster showed on Wednesday.

Thanks for your input, but why would you think we give a rat’s ass? You guys keep your socialism to yourselves.

Besides, I thought the rest of the world hated the U.S. If that’s the case, then it would be logical to assume they want the worst for us… which would explain the outcome of this poll.

More useless and irrelevant recycled crap from the MSM (remember the “foreign leaders support John Kerry campaign“?)…

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It’s always nice to see MSM publishing campaign materials for Democrats.

Today’s edition: Why we need Democrats and their universal healthcare

From the Washington Post:

A record number of Americans are without health insurance, according to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics released Tuesday.

And why is this happening? Evil companies targeting poor employees, of course.

Some of the trend can be explained by employers who are curtailing coverage or making it too costly for lower income workers to afford, the report said.

But there are some other things “the report said” which don’t seem important enough to be quoted in the article. Things like the accuracy of the data upon which this entire report, and thus the article, is based. Here’s a paragraph from Appendix C (page 65) of the actual report itself:

“Health insurance coverage is likely to be underreported on the current Population Survey (CPS). While underreporting affects most, if not all, surveys, underreporting of health insurance coverage on the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) appears to be a larger problem than in other national surveys that ask about insurance. Some reasons for the disparity may include the fact that income, not health insurance, is the main focus of the ASEC questionnaire. In addition, the ASEC collects health insurance information by asking in February through April about the previous year’s coverage. Asking annual retrospective questions appears to cause few problems when collecting income data (possibly because the interview period is close to when people pay their taxes), but it may be less than ideal when asking about health insurance coverage. Compared with other national surveys, the CPS estimate of the number of people without health insurance more closely approximates the number of people who are uninsured at a specific point in time during the year than the number of people uninsured for the entire year.”

But who’s really going to go find the report and read all of that anyway? The reporter’s certainly don’t think many will. Besides, that might get in the way of the campaign message.

And to further bolster the case for universal healthcare, the article’s author collects quotes from three “experts” who decry the current state of healthcare based on the report quoted in the article.

“Experts” like Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund, who say:

“It’s a surprising jump in the numbers of uninsured. To get a 2.2 million hike in one year is pretty disturbing. We are getting a middle-class squeeze — it’s not just families in poverty… Either employers aren’t covering the kids, or the premium share is too high for families to afford.”

…or Gail Shearer, health policy director at Consumers Union, who says:

“This substantial increase in the uninsured should get everyone’s attention. We should not have to wait until the next president takes office to deal with this very real problem. Congress and the President ought to commit to expanding coverage now.”

…or Kathleen Stoll, director of health policy at the consumer advocacy group Families USA, who says:

“The numbers took my breath away. The increase is more dramatic than we’ve seen. When you consider how large this increase is, I would think this would build momentum, feed the fire for the health care reform debate that we hope we will see in 2009 under leadership from the White House and the Congress,”

Stoll thinks the report will spur the debate over health care and serve as a catalyst for some form of universal health insurance.

Other information the author feels is not worthy of mentioning… the fact that Kathleen Stoll only contributes to Democrats, Gail Shearer only contributes to Democrats and Karen Davis only contributes to Democrats.

So we have a study whose own words claim it’s not a reliable source for the information being touted combined with a journalist who only gets quotes from Democrat supporters to come up with a MSM article promoting the need for a key element of the Democrat platform.

Bias? Nope… move along, nothing to see here.

UPDATE:
There are some other issues with the data…

First, the uninsured vary, ranging from children to illegal immigrants to people in their late 50s and early 60s with pre-existing medical conditions who cannot find affordable insurance - or any insurance.
[…]
• An estimated 80% of the uninsured are American citizens.

Translation… 20% of those deemed “uninsured” are not even American citizens. This follows my post from a few days ago.

And more…

Another contention - one made by some Republican state legislators in Wisconsin - is that many of the uninsured can afford coverage.

To the disbelief of liberals, there are some who choose not to pay for insurance. Insurance, afterall, is a choice… do you pay for financial safety against a catastrophic health event or do you save your money and risk that you can afford to cover it out of pocket should it happen. And liberals claim to be pro-choice…

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Two Policies Collide…
August 28th, 2007 8:58 am

While Democrats complain that many Americans aren’t getting the healthcare they need…

…Doctors are being fired for addressing at least one major issue affecting the state of our healthcare system.

Dr. Gene Rogers had a pretty good idea of what was coming when he saw his supervisor and a county security officer arrive at his office door. His supervisor was holding paperwork; the security guard was holding an empty box.

Dr. Gene Rogers knew what they had come to do, and why they were doing it. As the medical director for Sacramento County’s Indigent Services program for the better part of the past decade, Dr. Rogers has waged a long fight against the central California county’s practice of providing non-emergency medical care to illegal immigrants — a policy he says violates federal law and results in the poorest American citizens being denied the care they deserve.

That fight cost Dr. Rogers his job. In a two-sentence memo to Dr. Rogers, the county’s Health and Human Services director, Lynn Frank, informed him that he was fired, but thanked him for his services. No reason for his termination was offered, but then he didn’t really expect one. “Sacramento County knowingly violated state and federal laws, misappropriated taxpayer revenues and diverted funds designated for indigent citizens to pay for services delivered to illegal aliens,” Dr. Rogers said. “And they did so even as they cut the budget.”

But no, don’t blame the illegals leeching off the system…

“I’ve seen cases and case histories of patients who essentially have come up from Mexico for the express purpose of being treated here, and then leaving to return home,” Dr. Rogers said. “I’ve watched illegal immigrants brazenly demand free, non-emergency health care that was meant for our poorest citizens. I’ve heard them and their families complain. They feel entitled to it.” Dr. Rogers filed a lawsuit in 2003 after county officials “stonewalled” him when he questioned why they were cutting budgets while still providing non-emergency medical treatment to people who have no legal right to be in the country.

Remember this next time you hear someone simultaneously supporting illegal immigration and complaining about the state of healthcare for poor Americans.

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In her own words:

“It’s a horrible prospect to ask yourself, ‘What if? What if?’ But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world.”

Deep down she knows Americans don’t trust Democrats in the war against terrorists.

And she’s right… for a change.

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30 - 3
August 22nd, 2007 7:29 pm

That’s what you call a good ol’ fashioned ass-kickin’

The Texas Rangers became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record Wednesday in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.

Trailing 3-0 in the opener of a doubleheader, the Rangers scored five runs in the fourth inning, nine in the sixth, 10 in the eighth and six in the ninth.
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Texas also set a team record for runs scored in a doubleheader — before the second game even started.

Ouch.

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Remember how tough officials from the Clinton administration claimed to be about getting Osama bin Laden?

Albright told the 9/11 commission the Clinton administration did everything it could to defeat al-Qaeda and would have killed Osama bin Laden if officials had better intelligence. “President Clinton and his team did everything we could, everything we could think of, based on the knowledge we had, to protect our people and disrupt and defeat al-Qaeda,” Albright said.

Then again… maybe not so much.

# U.S. spy agencies, which were overseen by Tenet, lacked a comprehensive strategic plan to counter Osama bin Laden prior to 9/11. The inspector general concluded that Tenet “by virtue of his position, bears ultimate responsibility for the fact that no such strategic plan was ever created.”

# The CIA’s analysis of al-Qaida before Sept. 2001 was lacking. No comprehensive report focusing on bin Laden was written after 1993, and no comprehensive report laying out the threats of 2001 was assembled. “A number of important issues were covered insufficiently or not at all,” the report found.

And we’ll still never know just what classified information Sandy Berger stole and destroyed to protect Clinton administration officials…

Of course, President Bush also bears some blame here… for keeping holdovers like George Tenet from a do-nothing administration.

hat tip: Bryan

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Apparently he’s broadened his hatred from simply “black people” to now hating an entire generation of children from middle-income families… if you believe the bias from Reuters and the New York Times.

The Bush administration has adopted new standards that would make it much more difficult for states to extend health coverage to children in middle-income families, The New York Times reported on Monday.

But what’s really going on?

The letter from Dennis Smith, the director of the federal Center for Medicaid and State Operations, set a high standard for states that want to raise eligibility for the program above 250 percent of the poverty level, the Times said.

Before making such a change, Smith said, states must demonstrate that they have “enrolled at least 95 percent of children in the state below 200 percent of the federal poverty level” who are eligible for either Medicaid or the child health program, the newspaper said.

Administration officials said the changes were aimed at returning the focus to low-income children and to make sure the program did not become a substitute for private health coverage, the Times said.

So while the move is aimed at helping those most in need and not allowing those who could otherwise afford basic coverage to leech off government freebies, the MSM decided to report this as just another story of Bush hating children.

Rinse and repeat.

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Whose Country?
August 20th, 2007 9:13 pm

The illegal alien who spent the last year “hiding” out in a Chicago church has been arrested and deported.

An immigration activist who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year to avoid being separated from her son has been deported to Mexico, the church’s pastor said.

Even when being deported, the MSM still refuses to call them illegal and instead opts to sanctify them with titles like “activist”.

“She has been deported. She is free and in Tijuana,” said Coleman, who said he spoke to her on the phone. “She is in good spirits. She is ready to continue the struggle against the separation of families from the other side of the border.”

Fantastic, and we’re here to help that noble cause. Just tell us where to send them…

Arellano, 32, became a symbol of the struggles of illegal immigrant parents when she took refuge in the church to avoid being separated from her 8-year-old son Saul, who was born in the U.S. and is thus a citizen.

She had said Saturday she was not afraid of being taken into custody by immigration agents.

“From the time I took sanctuary the possibility has existed that they arrest me in the place and time they want,” she said in Spanish. “I only have two choices. I either go to my country, Mexico, or stay and keep fighting. I decided to stay and fight.”

And there you have it, folks. Even she admits “her country” is Mexico. So why are we even still debating this crap?

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…And They Call Bush Dumb?
August 19th, 2007 11:46 am

Democrats are now “concerned” that they may have given the Bush Administration more spying powers than it had asked for… because they didn’t understand the legislation they voted for.

Broad new surveillance powers approved by Congress this month could allow the Bush administration to conduct spy operations that go well beyond wiretapping to include — without court approval — certain types of physical searches on American soil and the collection of Americans’ business records, Democratic Congressional officials and other experts said.
[…]
The dispute illustrates how lawmakers, in a frenetic, end-of-session scramble, passed legislation they may not have fully understood and may have given the administration more surveillance powers than it sought.

Is it too much to ask of our representatives that they at least take a moment to understand the legislation they’re signing into law before they rush off to vacation?

They call Bush dumb, yet:

They introduce legislation they don’t understand…

They get duped into confirming Supreme Court Justices…

And they get misled into voting to authorize military action.

Maybe the (D) next to their names really does stand for something else…

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