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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

We have always been at war with Eastasia.

As I'm sure you know, our esteemed Drek has recently been on a one-sociologist crusade to point out the craziness and bias of those bunch of whiners at Conservapedia. It's so much fun that even I have started getting in on the act.

In line with all this, I thought I would check out what would no doubt be the perfect storm of Conservapedia bias: Bill Clinton. Let's skip over the section on early scandals that describes the Whitewater "scandal," for which Clinton was never indicted. Let's instead focus on the section Cruise Missiles to manipulate opinion polls, which is important enough that it's worth reprinting here.

Cruise missiles to manipulate opinion polls

Suspicions often arose during Clinton's tenure about the timing of cruise missile attacks to manipulate public sympathy at crucial points when his approval ratings sagged. On several occasions [17] generally when the approval ratings dipped to 47%, surprise cruise missile attacks[18] were launched which resulted in a 10 point gain in the public opinion polls. Nick Gillespie of Reason remarked,

Consider, for instance, the relative lack of scrutiny accorded the August 20 cruise missile attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan … immediately after the bombing, polls showed that close to half of all Americans thought the missile strikes were meant to divert attention from the president's sex life… the Sudanese bombing suggests something else as well: If and when the public's and the media's attention shifts from the president's sex life to wider-ranging inquiries about how he makes deadly serious policy decisions…"[19]

[criticism of Violence Against Women Act cut to save space]

Clinton left office with an approval rating of 65%, the highest of any modern president, and remains the only modern president to leave office with a higher approval rating than he had when he took office.

Allow me to point out something here.


These missile attacks were ordered in response to Al Qaeda's coordinated bomb attacks of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania!!!!! Sudan was chosen as a target because we had good intelligence that Osama bin Freakin' Laden was there!!!!! These missile attacks were targeting a known terrorist who three years later would carry out the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history!!!!!

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine what Conservapedia might have said about these cruise missiles if a Republican had won the 1996 election.

But that didn't happen, so nine years after the missiles, here is what Conservapedia has to say about them: "If and when the public's and the media's attention shifts from the president's sex life to wider-ranging inquiries about how he makes deadly serious policy decisions..."

Ladies and gentlemen, if Conservapedia is where people are getting their information (and it is), then it is an even bigger danger than it first seems.

[The title comes from a quote in one of my favorite books ever, by the way.]



Blogger TDEC said...

I get all my information from blogs. This is also not good.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 1:22:00 PM  

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