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Another Day, Another Bogus “News” Story About Public Opinion

Yahoo News is running a “news” article today by reporter Brett Michael Dykes, about the Supreme Court’s recent decision about free speech during political campaigns.  Unfortunately, the “news” article reads more like propaganda, which is why I’m speaking up about it now.  According to Dykes:

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that the vast majority of Americans are vehemently opposed to a recent Supreme Court ruling that opens the door for foreign and domestic corporations, labor unions, and other organizations to spend money directly from their general funds to influence campaigns.

Where to begin?  First of all, the poll question did not say anything about foreign corporations, nor did the Court’s decision address that issue.  The Court said: “We need not reach the question whether the Government has a compelling interest in preventing foreign individuals or associations from influencing our Nation’s political process.”  Saying that the Court did so is an outright fabrication.  Not even the poll question mentioned anything about foreign corporations.  Here is the poll question:

Changing topics, do you support or oppose the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that says corporations and unions can spend as much money as they want to help political candidates win elections? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

This poll showed 18% supported the ruling, versus 80% opposed.  The poll question is misleading, because the case did not involve any contributions to any campaign, and the Court did not reject any limits on contributions.  The Court said: “Citizens United has not made direct contributions to candidates, and it has not suggested that the Court should reconsider whether contribution limits should be subjected to rigorous First Amendment scrutiny.”

So, it was a lousy left-slanted poll question, and the Yahoo news article slanted the whole thing further.  Bad news!

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