No better is the misinformation and ignorance of
the public underscored than in CNN polls. Either that, or the ability of CNN to crank out completely artificial poll data without much
notice. I wouldn't be surprised at the latter.
All these results come from the CNN "QuickVote"
section of its website, and might not reflect
television polls, etc.
Media coverage of US troops in Afghanistan has been:
- Too detailed, threatening military lives - 0%
- Not enough, impossible to tell what's really going on - 0%
- Striking a good balance between troop safety and what I need to know - 100%.
Has the US done enough to justify its war on terror to the Islamic world?
Is Al Qaeda sending coded messages to followers via video statements?
Should the US now strike targets in nations outside Afghanistan?
Would you support racial profiling if it helps authorities find more terrorists in the US?
After the US attacks, which do you consider more important?
- Upholding human rights laws - 58%
- Giving more power to police and security services - 42%
Did the president make a clear and decisive case for prolonged war against terrorism?
Should European countries participate in anti-terrorist US military action?
Should the US Air Force shoot down hijacked airliners that threaten cities?
Has the US response to the terrorist attacks been quick enough?
Do you consider the war on terrorism "over" if Osama bin Laden is captured?
Was New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani right in turning down a $10 million Saudi donation?
(I like this one!): Who is winning the propaganda war?
- US and its allies - 53%
- Al Qaeda and its allies - 47%
Is Iraq involved in the recent anthrax incidents in the US?
Do you agree with how George W. Bush is handling the crisis following the September 11 attacks?
- Yes - 88%
- No - 10%
- No opinion - 2%
Aid agencies are callin for a pause in the attack on Afghanistan to allow in more supplies. Should bombing be suspended?
(I like this one too!): Should the Pledge of Allegiance be required in public schools?
Do you believe now is the right time to send ground troops into Afghanistan?
Should the U.S. widen the war and go after Saddam Hussein?
Anyhow, you get the idea. The underlying theme seems to be demonisation of one particular individual/country/consistuency, xenophobia, utter ignorance about anything even remotely pertaining to things outside of American border,
militarism, American superiority, racism, etc.
And of course, the subtle notion that all questions have only two answers - or, in rare cases, three.
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