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Media Polls and the Uniformed Public

MSNBC: More Americans are questioning U.S. strategy in Iraq

"Aug. 6, 2005 - As U.S. troops endured a deadly week in Iraq, 61 percent of Americans polled say they disapprove of the way President George W. Bush is handling the war in Iraq, according to a new NEWSWEEK poll. Thirty four percent say they approve. This is Bush’s lowest rating on Iraq and the first time it has dropped below 40 percent in the NEWSWEEK poll. And 50 percent of those polled say the United States is losing ground in its efforts to establish security and democracy in Iraq; just 40 percent say the U.S. is making progress there."

It's depressing to see such an uninformed public.

Since we don't know the demographics of this poll, we might assume the break down of respondents equals another AP poll which Anklebiting Pundits breaks down here.

This week the Brookings Institute released their report on Iraq progress, I just finished going over it. Guess what? It shows steady progress - very steady progress.

Moreover, the polling data contained within the report showed Iraqis have a vastly different outlook than the Americans in the MSNBC poll.

For instance, Iraqi's were asked if THEIR Country was heading in the right or wrong direction:

Right: 67 Percent, Wrong: 20 percent.

Asked about how did they think their life will be a year from now?

82 Percent said "Better", only 2 percent said "Worse".

Moreover, asked how they viewed the situation in Iraq and whether it gave them hope for the future:

I am hopeful for the future:

Strongly agree: 65.7%
Agree: 25%
Disagree: 4.3%
Strongly disagree: 2.1%

It would seem that there is a disconnect between those living in Iraq and those living here when it comes to "How we're doing". Why is that? The main reason is that the people of Iraq are seeing what is going on. - they are informed. They don't need Chris Matthews or Brian Williams to tell them what's going on, they see it for themselves.

Yet in the US, most people are not so informed, or better yet they are informed only to the measure that the MSM WANTS them to be informed. "We give you what you need to know".

The proof is there that in Iraq we are making progress. Yes, there are large problems with the insurgency, and we are losing troops, but overall and by and large we ARE making progress - it ISN'T as bad - not NEARLY as bad as the MSM would tell us.

I haven't heard one single MSM outlet report anything but doom and gloom, even though Brookings is pretty much a liberal outfit and there is no reason to doubt their data. The only plauible explaination is that the MSM doesn't WANT to tell people about it's findings. I mean that would be the truth and well, that detracts from their agenda.

Frank Zappa was right on about the MEDIA when he wrote this song:

"I am the slime oozin' out
From your TV set
You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you
Don't go for help...no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold and
you will do as you are told until the rights
you are sold"


It's a good thing there is a "Blogsphere", without which the people would stay continually uninformed.

UPDATE: Blogs For Bush has a story that slipped under the "radar". More slips need to happen.

UPDATE: For more breakdown on the Brookings Report see Iraqi Now Blog.

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