1/22 1/25 1/29 Romney 26 40 36 Gingrich 34 32 31 Santorum 11 8 12 Paul 13 9 12In the abstract, you would look this an think, whoa Newt's moving in the wrong direction here, Romney was down, peaked and is coming back to earth a bit, while Paul and Santorum are about where they started.
Now consider this headline on Newsmax via Memeorandum and the accompanying blurb.
InsiderAdvantage Poll: Gingrich Surging, Race 'Tighter Than Expected'Would any rational human being draw this conclusion? I doubt it.
A new InsiderAdvantage poll conducted Sunday night of likely Republican voters in the state of Florida shows a significant surge for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
"The race will be tighter than expected," Matt Towery, chief pollster of InsiderAdvantage told Newsmax.
I can buy the "tighter than expected" part, but Gingrich surging? Unless Webster's has changed their definition of surging in the past 20 minutes, I would say this is dishonesty in journalism of the highest order.
But this is where the melding of the mediots and sheeple comes into play. The majority of people will just see the headline and base their opinion on that. You'll then have a few others who read the article and make their judgment solely on that. Neither group is even aware that reality is something different.
It should come as no surprise though. In this age of sound bytes, media manipulation and a winning smile we got stuck with the current Occupier-in-Chief; so maybe we do get what we deserve.
To quote Tom Hanks' character Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own, "Start using your head. That's the lump that's three feet above your ass."