The Los Angeles Times had a story today, "Paula Deen: Poll says majority doesn't find chef racist." A few things.
First, the poll didn't just find a "majority" saying this. It was 71%.
Second, nowhere did did it say in the article what percentage of people did find her racist. Was it the remaining 29%? Or was it just 10%, and the rest were undecided?
Next, the poll also showed that nearly two-thirds believe that another network will hired Paula Deen for a new show. It would be nice to know what network the would-be programmers think that would be. And do they believe this to take place sometime this year -- or in our lifetime? I do believe it could happen -- but it will take a while, and more contrition from Paula Deen than "I is what I is," that she said to Matt Lauer on the Today show. Unless the network is Fox News. I can see them giving her a cooking show tomorrow.
Fourth, and most important of all, the "poll" turns out to be an online survey on Ask.com. That's not a poll. It's barely a survey. What it is is a meaningless joke.
I tried to find out more about this poll/survey/meaningless joke, but every other news source I tracked down was simply and oddly quoting the Los Angeles Times article. Meaning, no one explained all the results. Seriously, if you're an actual news organization, how hard could it be to find out the actual results from Ask.com. I suppose I could have tracked that down myself, but I think your level of caring has to be higher. My level only takes me this far.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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