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Charting Fox News

Credit: Ray Colon
Speaker Pelosi's approval ratings: Fox News Poll

I took one opinion poll, one Fox News article, and one closer look at the data. This is what I found.

Many people, including me, have tired of what we find to be objectionable and biased reporting from Fox News.

Unlike many of my progressive friends, I do watch Fox News -- but not exclusively, which is what I believe is precisely the problem with the typical Fox News viewer.

Lack of diversity.

Now, I don't mean that to be construed as a double entendre relating to Fox News viewers, although I think that it would have been a good one if I were that type of guy. What I actually mean is that the reliance on a single source for news guarantees an unrealistic understanding of the world around us. It is only by comparing and contrasting news from differing sources that we stand any chance of getting anywhere near the truth.

The following is excerpted from an eBook that I published today:

Upon reading a article titled, "Fox News Poll: 78 Percent Favor Term Limits On Congress," written by Dana Blanton and published on September 3RD, I followed the provided link to the Opinion Dynamics Corp. poll results, which was the basis of the Fox News article.

The eight-page PDF contained many statistics, but no charts. Since charts can facilitate a deeper understanding of data and reveal trends, I decided to create an eBook of charts.

As the charts are presented, I compare what is revealed with how the numeric polling information was interpreted by Fox News in their article. I also provide commentary on my views of the meaning of the data.

Please click here to read, Charting Fox News, in your PDF viewer.

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By Theresa H Hall on September 06, 2010 at 04:31 am


I think Congress and Senate should be made to wear uniforms and T-Shirts that say, "We are public servants and we are going to do our best for the Citizens for whom we work"

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By Ray Colon on September 08, 2010 at 08:14 am

Hi Theresa,

If uniforms would help, I'd be all for it, but I think that we'll need more than a dress code to get the results that we all want. Ray

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By Ray Colon on September 08, 2010 at 08:24 am

Hi Dean,

Thanks for recognizing the work that went into this report. What began as a normal blog post soon took on a life of its own, so I continued until I had charted each of the questions in the poll.

Like you, I read as much as I can from websites from the Left and the Right. The curious thing about most of these sites is that comments that divert from the narrative are usually met with derision and a lot of snarkiness. So they often do not lead to what we would consider to be "a conversation."


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By Ray Colon on September 08, 2010 at 08:38 am

Hi Melody,

I know what you mean about the "gag reflex" but sometimes we just have to hang in there.

I hope that you had an opportunity to see the other charts, as some results were surprising -- such as the one on Boehner’s approval rating. I work in an office where just about everyone is a Republican. I took an informal poll yesterday and discovered that most did not know who he was. That's amazing to me, as he is one of the most outspoken and anti-Administration Republicans in the House. This is not the first time that I have discovered that I'm more tuned into their politics than they are, so it's easy for me to speculate that they vote the Party line without really knowing what they are voting for.


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By Ray Colon on September 08, 2010 at 11:35 am

Thanks TAZZ,

Reading your partial list of news sources reminds me how, some time ago, I came upon Al Jezeera (The English version) and was surprised at what I saw. That network, which in the years after 9/11 had been presented as a terrorist network here in the States, actually is not "the voice of Al Qaeda" at all. I've found their programming interesting, and they cover a lot of stories that our media does not. Heck, sometimes, you'd think that you were watching the BBC if you didn't see their logo on the screen.

Interestingly, they do have some stories about the Taliban such as, “Into The Mind of a Suicide Bomber," where Taliban members speak of their intentions in the open. While I'm disturbed and horrified by watching them tell of their plans, I’m hopeful that our State Department is also tuning in. This story is viewable on their YouTube channel.

Yes, the more perspectives that we can get, the deeper our understanding of the world. Ray

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By Libdrone on September 08, 2010 at 01:38 pm

Aljazerra and the BBC are great online sources for seeing beyond the corporate media's distorted presentations.

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