“Poll: Younger women love Weiner,” a link at the top of The Drudge Report this morning stated.
It leads to a US News & World Report “Washington Whispers” column by Emily Stanton that gets even more specific in its headline: “Poll: 78 Percent of Young Women Approve of Weiner.”
As the United States Census Bureau lists “Female persons, percent, 2012 … 50.8%,” that would appear to bode ill for hopes of a moral and rational electorate, especially since unmarried women vote overwhelmingly Democratic.
So how well does the headline mesh with the facts?
“Sugar daddy dating website SeekingArrangement.com found that 78 percent of female clients aged 18-26 approve of Weiner,” Stanton’s report begins. “The website, which connects wealthy patrons with attractive clients, surveyed over 18,000 of its female members and discovered that 63 percent of all women surveyed approved of the New York City mayoral hopeful, with the highest approval ratings coming from the 18-26 demographic.”
78 percent of mercenary floozies responding to a client poll by a … uh… matchmaker website and “78 percent of young women” are two very different numbers, but the technique of drawing broader generalities from narrower samples is familiar to those who have noticed how Mexican “crime gun” numbers have been fudged by the media over the years to gin up demand for more domestic “gun control.” We’ve seen estimates of U.S. culpability for supplying them going from 95 to 100 percent, to 90 percent, to 80 percent, to 68 percent, all conveniently neglecting to mention that the set of guns captured vs. the selected subset of guns submitted to the U.S. for tracing yield two very different numbers.
While it may be said that numbers don’t lie, the way they’re presented certainly can mislead, as anyone can attest who has ever seen opinionated internet comment posters draw conclusions from headlines without reading story details. If the headline is the meme the public goes away with, that suits some just fine. And these are but two high-profile examples of how “Authorized Journalists” misrepresent clear numbers, raising the question of where else examples could be found if one went looking.
Still, in Stanton’s defense, her narrative made clear who the poll respondents were and her headline may have been written by an editor. Regardless, the sad truth remains that in the largest metropolitan area in the Republic, a lying, narcissist pervert, one who will not control himself yet demands controlling others, is a serious contender for a powerful elected office — as a matter of fact, at least two of them are. One might assume that in the case of New York City, the numbers probably aren’t that far off.
Sugar daddies appealing to a gold digger constituency … dispensers of baubles and cash, and all you’ve got to do is let them have their way with you. If that doesn’t define “progressivism,” nothing does.
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