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Fox Misrepresents Katrina Poll to Favor Bush

Reported by Janie - September 9, 2005

Yesterday, during the 1 o'clock hour, Gretchen Carlson was on live hosting constant coverage of the Katrina disaster, and took the place of Dayside once again.

During the hour, Carlson discussed a recent poll taken by USA Today/Gallup concerning responsibility for the aftermath of Katrina. Carlson stated that we (the viewers) may be surprised to find out what the American people really feel about the response effort.

GC: "Politicians have been quick to blame eachother for the slow response to Hurricane Katrina, however a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll shows among those surveyed 13% blame Bush, 18% blame federal agencies, 25% say state or local officials, and the most, 38%, say no one is to blame."

As she was uttering these words, Fox showed a screen with these poll results. The top of the screen read "Who's to blame for the Katrina aftermath?" Unfortunately, this was not the actual question that was asked, and it was also not the only question asked. That actual question was "Who is MOST responsible for the post-hurricane problems?" The wording change in the question is subtle, but it does give it a different connotation. What Carlson also neglects to mention, that in the same poll, asked to the same respondents, 42% of people said that Bush's response to the disaster was "bad" or "terrible" (only 35% said it was "good" or "great"). Fox completely neglects to mention this, as not only would it make the President look bad, it would negate the poll they attempted to pass off to the viewer.

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