Meaningless numbers

Chuck Todd, writer for National Journal and ed...

Chuck Todd, writer for National Journal and editor-in-chief of Hotline, delivering a briefing on “Countdown to the 2006 Midterm Elections” in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some pundits like Chuck Todd are wedded to presenting meaningless poll numbers rather than meaningful information that voters can use. Case in point, the often repeated poll numbers that show most Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. The implied meaning is that President Obama is leading the country in the wrong direction. The American voter needs and deserves context, so that we can decide what the numbers mean. Do voters believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction because of Barack’s agenda or do voters believe that the GOP in Congress are blocking needed reforms? Context is everything

2 thoughts on “Meaningless numbers

  1. “Context Is Everything”
    Bumper Stickers should be issued.

    I would like to say that I appreciate your posts. Always clear and concise. I wish I could find a way to be as brief. I am constantly finding myself writing a post and ending up with a Novella.

    Like this comment; I’ll bet your thinking. LOL.

    • It’s what you say. In school, my english teachers wanted me to write more. My college rhetoric teacher’s motto was, say what you have to say and then stop. Your style and mine are different, but our goals are in synch and that is what matters.

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