Friday, March 26, 2010

Misleading Title of the Day

The following title at seems pretty clear:

Tea Party Advocates Who Scorn Socialism Want a Government Job

As a Tea Party advocate myself, it came as news to me that my fellow "partyers" are pining for a government job.  I don't want a government job and nor have I ever heard anyone at any of the several Tea Party events I've attended say I'm here angling for a government job.  Yet, if Bloomberg says it, it must be true.

Here is what they have to support that title:

Tea Party activists, who are becoming a force in U.S. politics, want the federal government out of their lives except when it comes to creating jobs.

More than 90 percent of Tea Party backers interviewed in a new Bloomberg National Poll say the U.S. is verging more toward socialism than capitalism, the federal government is trying to control too many aspects of private life and more decisions should be made at the state level.
A.  The US is becoming a socialist country  CHECK
B.  Our government is interfering in private decisions  CHECK
C.  Important decisions should be made on the state level  CHECK

I following so far but I'm still not seeing how the title relates to the post. 

At the same time, 70 percent of those who sympathize with the Tea Party, which organized protests this week against President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, want a federal government that fosters job creation.
I am not a spokesperson for the Tea Party but I think I can analyze this poll with a little more credibility than the writer from Bloomberg.  First, the only jobs that government creates are government jobs.  It is the private sector that is the driver of employment in this country (for the time being).  What members of the Tea Party want is for government to get the Hell out of the way and let the private sector do what it does best.  So, if a pollster asked me if I wanted government to "foster" job creation, I would answer in the affirmative because I think government "fosters" job creation by chucking unnecessary regulations and lowering taxes.  To interpret that as "wanting a government job" is simply a leap too far and incredibly, and given the post's tone, intentionally, misleading.

I am not accusing the writer, Heidi Przybyla, of having an agenda but throughout the article she couched the polls results in such a way that it isn't surprising that the article led to this reaction at firedoglake:

Bloomberg is the latest polling outfit to discover that the Teabaggers are deeply confused, ignorant people.
Again, I'm not looking for a government job but if Bloomberg needs someone can objectively report poll results...

More reaction at:

Left Coast Rebel


MarySue said...

I see you've remodeled the Closet, very nice indeed. I haven't had time to read this thread on Memeorandum but my first reaction when I saw it was, there's some manure in the air here. Nice job taking it apart Carol.

jill said...

Ooh, Carol Gorgeous!