Douchebag of the Week

Douchebag of the Week!While some of you have expressed your dislike of the award for Douchebag of the Week because it’s “divisive,” in the comment sections of other posts, we’re going to keep awarding it anyway.  If you think the term douchebag is mean spirited, we’re sure you’re too busy trolling the left-wing blogs pointing out in insanity, hypocrisy and plain wrongheadedness of calling conservatives fascists to really take notice that one site uses the word douchebag to describe someone once a week.  As for the sensitivity problems you have with our other chosen tags being divisive, tough.  You’re free to suggest alternatives, but they’d better be good because we’re free to reject them.  Anyway, on to the winner.

This week’s winner isn’t a single person, it’s an industry, two industries, as a matter of fact.  You could call it a tie, but one couldn’t win without the other, so they count only as one this week. 

The first Douchebag of the Week for 2008 is the media and pollsters.  The only way they could’ve been more wrong on the outcome of New Hampshire is if Kucinich or Duncan Hunter had won. 

Polling is an inexact science, if it can be called a science at all.  Getting people to talk to you is difficult enough, especially  when you rate on the level of phone solicitor in the minds of most Americans, but the age of cell phone has made it even more difficult.  Still, they do a semi-accurate job, most of the time.  But not this week.  Not only did they get the pre-primary polls way wrong, they even got the initial exit polls wrong.  In fact, they were so far off that had this been the general election in a state a Republican won, left-wingers would be running around screaming of how the vote was rigged by Diebold.  Since it’s a primary, and everyone knows Democrats would never commit voter fraud (except those who’ve looked into it), the media simply said, “oops, we got it wrong,” then inundated us with discussions of how the numbers worked out.

That brings us to the media, where polls are news only because the media hires the pollsters to make the news.  Does anyone really think a random sampling of Americans have an opinion on the “sub-prime ‘crisis'” that is anywhere close to educated?  Such a small fraction of Americans have sub-prime loans, so the vast majority of don’t know what they are, let alone understand them.  But you poll people with the word crisis and tell them people could lose their homes (not that they bought home they couldn’t afford in the first place), and people think “Oh God, we must do something, then they call their bank to find out if they’re one of those people.  But the media will report those “poll results” as though they’re gospel carved in stone from the mountain top.  Hell, the reporters probably don’t understand the issue, but they understand 70 percent are concerned and think something must be done.  That sells.

So the media creates news by asking pollsters to find out what people who don’t understand complex issues what they think in the most simplistic terms.  That’s how news is born.  Those numbers drive front pages and nightly newscasts across the country, because the art of real reporting has died.

That leads us back to New Hampshire.  The media and pollsters don’t win simply because they got it wrong in the New Hampshire primary, they win because their getting it so wrong in the New Hampshire primary exposes the fraud that is polling, yet both will continue to do what they do in the way they’ve been doing it. 

For continuing to manufacture news based upon surveys of uninformed people (people the media is supposed to help inform), which creates an endless cycle of misinformation and miseducation and for having no interest in stopping this cycle, the media and pollsters win Douchebag of the Week. 


14 Responses to “Douchebag of the Week”

  1. 1 PJ
    January 11, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    I think you are being kind only calling them “douchebags”. You you hit the nail on the head. Because they don’t do any true reporting and are so one sided that is why the mainstream media is becoming irrelevant and are losing readers and viewers. Keep up the good work.

  2. 2 Righteous Babe
    January 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    “Why did you call Billy a name?” the teacher asked. “Because he called me one first,” replied the student.

  3. 3 Ed
    January 11, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    someones crying my lord cumbya
    someones crying my lord cumbya
    someones crying my lord cumbya
    cumbya cumbya

  4. 4 LLP
    January 11, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    What a brave toughguy you are, sitting behind a desk calling others names. You Chickenhawk Walter Mitty soldiers would never dare say it to someone’s face.

  5. 5 firstfriday
    January 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    If you ever make it to DC from Dallas we’ll gladly meet you for a drink or whatever.

  6. 6 firstfriday
    January 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Actually, one of us was in Austin last I heard, could see if a drink is possible there, if he hasn’t shipped out yet.

  7. 7 firstfriday
    January 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Everyone calm down and recognize this guy for what he is. And he clearly has some sort of crush on the media to come running to their defense. Either that or he loves Frank Luntz or some other pollster. Live and let be douchebag.

  8. 8 LLP
    January 12, 2008 at 10:59 am

    LOL, you guys are just bitter because the Republicans are losing the youth vote forever. Look what your party has come to stand for – ignorant hicks in McJesusland who think a bundle of zygotes = a person. Because you seem to be affiliated with the intellectual wing of the party rather than the religious fundie wing, you must be disgusted.

    Beneath your cultish repetition of conservative talking points of the week and sloganeering, I see a lot of self loathing.

  9. 9 firstfriday
    January 12, 2008 at 11:02 am

    Jesus Christ, you’re a douchebag. That’s not self loathing, it’s a reflective surface and your ugly ass smiling back at you.

  10. 10 Righteous Babe
    January 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I see some self loathing as well. Does that make me a DB too?

  11. 11 firstfriday
    January 12, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    You seem like good people willing to talk, we disagree but you’re willing to talk. In the real real world you may well be a douchebag, so may we, but in the comment section of this blog you’re alright.

  12. 12 LLP
    January 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    So what exactly is the point of blogs like this? You know it’s hyperbole, you just seem to hate certain people so much you devote part of your day to repeating how much you hate them. Is any of this productive toward winning the war or making the country better? At least I’m doing something productive by urging war supporters to enlist.

  13. 13 LINDA
    January 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    You’re a hero.

  14. 14 nohelpnsight
    October 21, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Anyone who can not see the blatantly obvious bias in the media, are just not paying attention. They REFUSE to talk about immigration, which is a major problem in this country. They refuse to make the connection between our ailing economy and the over flux of illegals that did obtain sub-prime mortgages with false documentation with the help of corrupt brokers. Which they then obtained 2nd mortgages with default in mind, so they could take the money and run back across the border to live in luxury. They don’t talk about any of welfare sucking leeches who are killing our economy and creating a hugh deficit. So all you cumbya tree hugging goofs that are more worried about foreigners than your fellow Americans. You can keep telling yourselves that there is no bias n the media.
    Then when we are reduced to a third world country because of the media’s lack of attention to the real problems of this country. Don’t start crying about how you were not informed. Alipac-numbersusa-FAIR-outragedpatriots.com, now get informed before its to late.

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