CBC tells half the story; in which half full is full. They don’t tell the other half, which is wrong

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The Article

In fact, they are full of it. 

I heard the CBC report its latest political polls this morning.  How exciting, I say, half jokingly.  On the other side of the coin, by which I mean the taxpayers’ coin, political polls apparently matter to the CBC in ways their own dismal ratings (which constantly put them in dead last place) don’t matter —at least not enough to report, ever.  But whatever. 

They do this polling by commissioning, with your money, a professional polling firm (EKOS), to do polls exclusively for them, and which are in fact “released exclusively to the CBC,” they pridefully tell us every week.  The EKOS polls are, we are constantly told, released “exclusively to” them, even though the massive taxes paid by the competing CTV (ratings leader!) and Global (also beats CBC in ratings!) and every other private media and all citizens pay for these “exclusive” CBC polls.  So that’s “exclusive” in ways they don’t even mean.  And apparently they at the state-owned media think no others in Canada are even imagecapable of polling other Canadians without this government department (the benevolent CBC) stepping in and doing it for us, through the state-owned news media, and your cash.  How yummy, in a socialist, Hugo Chavez kind of way. 

Today’s poll shows (1) that support for the NDP, which if we look at the graphic they helpfully provide on the TV box, stands at 16.5%.  It is thus reported by the news anchor as, and I quote, “almost 17%”.  Not almost 16% mind you.  “Almost 17%.”  Half-full means full, when it comes to their party.  Thanks for rounding up. I almost appreciate your half-assed deception. Not.

And (2) they report that 48% of Canadians think the country “is heading in the wrong direction” (without telling us that therefore, up to 52% — or what we call “the majority” — don’t, in fact, say that). 

But since it’s all about politics, why not provide a little perspective?  For example, in the other half of the continent, under the Obama administration (hey!  Obama’s half black!), as Rasmussen Reports shows this morning (using the positive perspective instead), “28% say the U.S. is heading in the right direction”.  Meaning that up to 72% may think it’s heading in the wrong direction.  In fact only 65% think it’s heading in the wrong direction, or to round it off like the CBC, “almost every one”.  But at least they take the positive side and report only those who are, um, still “hoping”? 

Right Direction or Wrong Track
28% Say U.S. Heading In Right Direction

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just 28% of U.S. voters say the country is heading in the right direction, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. This marks the lowest level of voter confidence in the nation’s current course since one year ago and appears to signal the end of a slight burst of confidence at the first of this year.

The majority of voters (65%) believe the nation is heading down the wrong track, a figure that’s held roughly steady since mid-November.  …

Of course if you ever want the other half of the story — the half the CBC never reports — you have to watch Fox News Channel, which is at least twice the news channel the CBC is.

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