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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Political Fallout: Is America ready for another bald president?

Excerpted from this post at Political Fallout

Americans and the media have always been obsessed with the "haves" and the "have nots," and this goes without saying when it comes to John Edwards' hair and his $400 haircut. A recent FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll asked telephone interviewees: 'Do you happen to know which presidential candidate has been in the news recently for paying $400 for a haircut?' The only answers proffered by the interviewer were the top three Democratic candidates, followed by two of my favorite responses to all poll questions: "Other" and "Don't Know;" although my favorite and standard response is "Don't Care." The results showed that roughly 46 percent of the respondents did not know about Edwards' $400 haircut, which, as Greg Sargent pointed out on TPM Cafe, is 4 percent less than the number who knew that Saddam did not have WMD when we invaded Iraq. But as FOX News very well knows, we cannot begin muddling viewers' lives with facts. In the television news business, Weapons of Mass Deception are vital in winning the ratings war. Facts are major downers and a literal turn off to the television masses.


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