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Archive for October, 2020

Predictions, Polls and Pundits

By on October 30, 2020 in See It Here

Yeah, we are seeing the “electoral consultant” or “2020 Presidential Analyst” or just plain “election expert” graphic on all the news/talk shows suggesting how the results on November 3rd will look Wednesday morning….or Thursday…let’s just make it November 10.

I’m turning the channel when this occurs to a Liberty Commercial or the new Toyota because those contain more facts.

Last November, 2016, we learned that polls can be wrong as President Trump surprised everyone, including himself, with an electoral win over Hillary Clinton, despite her winning the popular vote. I was in a network radio newsroom with my jaw on the floor as it was announced Trump had done it, despite all the experts.

Here’s what went wrong:

Polling is done based on demographics–what do Whites or Blacks or Age or Men or Women think about a topic. What was missed in this was education. Non-college-educated Whites voted for Trump by a margin of 72-23 percent.

Hopefully this lesson will be learned on Tuesday. Me? I’m still going to check out the cost of a new roof, even though I live in a condo.

Thinking About Cut ‘n Paste

By on October 19, 2020 in See It Here

I have long said social media is wonderful until a presidential election nears. Then it becomes filled with “facts” that are false and a lack of thinking and research about what is read online.

A popular one making the rounds is Joe Biden was “the deciding vote” on raising taxes on social security in 1993.” The fact is then-Vice President Al Gore was the deciding vote to raise taxes for some wealthy taxpayers to 85 percent after a 50-50 Senate stalemate. It was an effort to reduce the deficit. A decade earlier, President Reagan signed Senate-passed legislation to tax the wealthy on 50 percent–a move Biden supported.

A GOP ad uses Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci saying “I can’t imagine that anyone could be doing more” suggesting the President has an all-out effort underway to battle Covid-19. The statement is about members of the Coronavirus Task Force, not the President. Of course, it’s found not only on TV but everywhere on the Internet which means–it’s cut-and-pasted–everywhere.

Can you say “Fake News?” This is all the result of cut-and-paste which allows one to appear in the know-on top of events-and a go-to for reality. The fact is it requires no thought. We react but we don’t think.

Chances are, it ain’t gonna change before November 3rd.

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