UPDATE: O'Reilly non-explains and non-apologizes for bad journalism
Yesterday, we showed you how Bill O'Reilly completely misrepresented a poll, saying it showed "that most Americans won't vote for you if you get an endorsement by a gay rights group." Well, our friends at Media Matters have informed us that Mr. O'Reilly did acknowledge the gaffe -- thanks to being contacted by GLAAD -- but he did not for even one second admit he had made a mistake. Instead, he just tersely said:
"OK. Here is the Quinnipiac poll question that was asked in a few states, Florida being this example. "If a candidate is supported by a gay rights group, would you be more likely to vote for the candidate, less likely, or it doesn't make a difference?
Ten percent, more likely; 28 percent, less likely; doesn't make a difference, 60 percent. That's what I was referring to. "
(**see the video at Media Matters)
But this is a complete and utter SPIN job from Mr. "no spin"! He didn't at all address that the VAST MAJORITY of these swing state voters said it "doesn't make a difference" to them if a candidate is gay group-endorsed!!! THAT is the money number in this poll, not that around 28% would drop support for H.R.C if she were endorsed by HRC! Hell, around 28% of the population will surely drop support for any candidate who so much farts in a gay friendly manner! The fact that around 70% of these swing state voters would either be more likely to vote for or unaffected by a gay endorsed candidate is the big take-away message! And it is a a very different message than "most Americans won't vote for you if you get an endorsement by a gay rights group."
We know you like to protect the "unborn," Bill. But seriously, dude -- you gotta abort this "stubborn" act and start admitting that you are (frequently) fallible!
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**RELATED2: Andrew at Queerty has uploaded a Media Matters video wherein O'Reilly says everyone needs to "relax on this gay stuff," followed by over 4 minutes of O'Reilly demonstrating his own inability to "relax" on our issues:
It's sad that so many Fox viewers have already drank the Flavor-Aid.
Posted by: Howard | Aug 17, 2007 2:04:12 PMcomments powered by Disqus