American Elephants


“It’s Not About Me,” “It’s Not About Me.” Oh, Yes It Is. by The Elephant's Child


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Americans Do Not Trust the Major TV News Operations — Except for FOX News! by The Elephant's Child

Public Policy Polling is a Democrat polling outfit.  That makes its newest survey looking at perceptions of ABC News,  CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News especially interesting.  The survey found Fox as the only one that more people say they trust than distrust.  49% say they trust Fox to 37% who do not.

CNN does next best at a 39/41 spread, followed by NBC at 35/44, CBS at 32/46, and ABC at 31/46.  Ouch!

There is a lot of political polarization in which outlets people trust.  74% of Republicans trust Fox News, but no more than 23% trust any of the other four sources.  For Democrats the numbers are a complete opposite — a majority trust all of NBC, CNN, ABC, and CBS while only 30% have faith in Fox News.

This indicates something about the post-partisan president who was going to bring us all together.  Perhaps the White House vilification of Fox News demonstrated to the public that Fox wasn’t a Progressive patsy.  Pandering and sycophantic coverage doesn’t sit well with the public.

This conforms with non-partisan studies that have found Fox to be the most centrist of the news outlets.  Public Policy Polling  is not happy with the results of their survey:

These numbers suggest quite a shift in what Americans want from their news. A generation ago Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in the country because of his neutrality. Now people trust Fox the most precisely because of its lack of neutrality. It says a lot about where journalism is headed.

And that snarky comment says a lot about Democrat perceptions.



Is Congress Exempting Itself From Health Insurance? by The Elephant's Child

That’s the question asked on the Heritage Foundation’s blog.  The Senate health-care bill got the unions on board by exempting union workers from the proposed 40-percent excise tax on “Cadillac” plans — those worth more than $8,000 a year for individuals.

It is not yet clear what the White House’s new strategy to pass health care will be in the wake of Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts senate race.  Democrats, from their public utterances, are dismissing it as angry white men, angry stupid people, and badly misled people who don’t know what’s good for them.  The very definition of denial. What they say in private remains unknown.

But according to Federal News Radio, can’t have federal employees left out of the earlier compromise.  Just to make sure that the definition of a “Cadillac” plan for federal employees is fair, dental and vision insurance would not be counted towards the taxable cost of a policy.  This, of course, includes Members of Congress who blithely exempt themselves from anything unpleasant.

This is such stupid public policy that it boggles the mind.  They probably think we won’t notice.  They really do think we’re stupid, you know.




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