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Studies Say That The “Grapevine” Is Less Filling And Tastes Putrid

Reported by Priscilla - June 3, 2008 -

Just kidding. But this is the sort of “logic” that you frequently find on the Fox Special Report “Grapevine” where reality is condensed into short sound bites based on whatever right wing talking points are being communicated. Since I’ve started reviewing Special Report, I’ve noticed that “the Grapevine” has cited a number of “studies” here and here) which purport to show that global warming is no big deal. These studies turn out to be funded by right wing groups with ties to right wing “think tanks” (to use the words “right wing” and “think” all in one sentence is a bit of a stretch!) who are, in turn, beholden to groups with a vested interest in the “conclusions” of said studies. And to those who don’t realize that not all studies are created equal, this information has the aura of academic respectability when nothing could be further from the truth. At any rate, last night’s (June 2nd) “Grapevine had polling data which was just plain bizarre.

Hume introduced the segment thusly: “Some recent surveys suggest a striking gap between liberals and conservatives on the issue of honesty. The chyron read "Truth Test." Polling by an organization called The World Values Survey posed the question, ‘Is it OK to cheat on your taxes’?" (Comment: Bet that question got the attention of those out there in the liberal hating Fox “Heartland.”) Hume continued with the “hard” data: “Fifty-seven percent of those who described themselves as "very liberal" said "yes", compared with only 20 percent of those calling themselves "very conservative." That same survey in the Washington Examiner found those on the left were more likely to say it is OK to buy goods that one knows are stolen. Another questionnaire done by the Culture and Media Institute's National Cultural Values Survey posed a scenario in which an employer would be willing to pay someone in cash in order to avoid taxes and allow a worker to collect unemployment benefits. Forty-nine percent of self-described progressives said they would go along with the plan, while only 21 percent of conservatives said they would.” Hume chuckled as he concluded that, “in fairness such data could suggest liberals might just be more honest about their dishonesty.” (Comment: Hume lifted this quote from an article in the San Francisco Examiner without attribution so is Hume being honest?)

Comment: OK folks, here we have it. Studies say that liberals are dishonest – as opposed to the honest republicans like Duke Cunningham, Jack Abramoff, Bob Ney, etc, etc. But let’s look at the data. Unfortunately Peter Schweizer, who wrote the article from which Hume sourced the first “stat,” doesn’t provide a link to the study and the website for The World Values Survey isn’t exactly user friendly. (Their last survey involving the USA seems to be dated from 2005). And BTW, Peter Schweizer is a fellow with the rightwing Hoover Institution so there’s no bias there! Also worth noting is his not so fair and balanced tome entitled “Makers and Takers: Why Conservatives Work Harder, Feel Happier, Have Closer Families, Take Fewer Drugs, Give More Generously, Value Honesty More, Are Less Materialistic and Envious, Whine Less ... And Even Hug Their Children More Than Liberals” The “same survey in the Washington Examiner” (a tabloid paper) is merely the Schweizer article (Did Hume just misspeak, confusing the Washington Examiner with the right of center San Francisco Examiner or was his copy editor asleep at the switch?) . And let’s talk about the “Culture and Media Institute” which is, according to Source Watch, (drum roll please) a project connected with none other than right wing culture and morality guru, Brent Bozell whose latest tirade was about the degeneracy of “30 Rock’s” “MILF Island” episode (Comment: it was quite amusing; but Bozell has no sense of humor). But I have to hand it to Hume’s “research staff” who came up with short soundbites that conveyed a right wing message of liberal dishonesty. Of course, the validity of the metrics and the sources is not mentioned. But the World Values Survey is making the rounds of the right wing blogosphere and Fox does like to stay current with its kindred spirits. And Brit, if you’re going to use somebody else’s quote, you really should try to tweak it just a bit – otherwise, you’re not being honest!