Wednesday, September 12, 2007

1 in 3 people

When I read polls like this one, I begin to worry:

NEW YORK Six years after the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S., it seems the media still have some educational work to do. A new CBS/New York
Times poll reveals that even today, 1 in 3 Americans believe that "Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon."

This notion was thoroughly debunked by official sources, including those in the White House, years ago, but the myth endures. Polls have shown that belief in this untruth was a prime component in support for the attack on Iraq.

Four in 10 Republicans still hold this view, compared with 32% of Independents and 27% of Democrats.

The poll of 1,035 adults was taken Sept. 4 to 8.

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003638490


Who are these people? Where do they get their information? (Don't answer; I know: Faux News).
My real question is how do we communicate the truth to these people? Are they beyond the reach of reason?

7 comments:

FranIAm said...

When fear influences the choice, the wrong choice is made.

Seems to me a little shadow work is in order.

The enemy is us!

Mauigirl said...

It's all due to Bush/Cheney's masterful propaganda machine. If you repeat a lie often enough it is believed.

whig said...

It's really quite simple, p. If Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11, we wouldn't have invaded Iraq. We invaded Iraq, obviously, so they must have had something to do with 9/11.

pygalgia said...

Thanks, Whig. I gotta find something stronger to make me think like that.

Distributorcap said...

py

it is not just fox news, other organizations, willingly or not, directly or indirectly -- by there lacking of challenge to this administration propagate (sp?) the saddam myth as well

plus 25% of this country if fucking brain dead and whacked anyway and should be sawed off and sent to sea

you cant reach them -- they like living in bushworld

fillip said...

And now we are getting the same uncritical propaganda about Iran.

Mary Ellen said...

Those people can't be helped, they will continue to swallow the propaganda that is fed to them. Just today, I heard on the news that Bush's job approval on the Iraq war just jumped 8 points since Petreaus' testimony. It doesn't matter even matter if some of the Republicans said they didn't believe the General, they will always follow Bush.