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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Problems with Polling

“Heeere’s Johnny!”
-Jack Torrance, The Shining

“Oh Lord do I hurt.. The reason that Comfest goes three days is that I would not survive it if it ran four days. A good time was had by all though, and we now return you to our regularly scheduled sarcasm and cynicism.”

“Sources have confirmed to CBS4 News that conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been detained at Palm Beach International Airport for the possible possession of illegal prescription drugs Monday evening.

Limbaugh was returning on a flight from the Dominican Republic when officials found the drugs, among them Viagra.”
-CBS4 News, June 26, 2006

“Mr. Limbaugh is of course already in trouble for his issues with prescription pain killers. Investigators will need to take a hard look at this new violation, though Limbaugh will probably get off with just a stiff fine. The real question is, how long will Limbaugh try to keep up his denials of personal responsibility in these issues? He keeps pretending that the media is just trying to stick it to him, but with one indictment already against him it really isn’t looking like the media is shafting him as much as it just looks like Limbaugh just can’t get up the energy to fight his addiction issues.
Sorry… I couldn’t help myself. Now, on to the world of the Far Right”

“Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is on the warpath following his network’s recent ratings slump, and he won’t hesitate to clean house to turn things around.
So far during the second quarter, the No. 1 cable news channel’s primetime schedule has dropped 22% in its core 25-54 demo and 8% in total viewers. The first quarter was even worse.”
-Broadcasting and Cable, June 26, 2006

“Hmm… I wonder if this might have anything to do with the other ratings that have dropped over recent months?”

“Bush's approval rating is at 37%. After hitting the low point of his presidency at 31% in May, it rose to 38% in mid-June. His standing, which slipped below 40% in February, hasn't rebounded above that level since then.
The percentage of Americans who say the president has ‘a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq’ has dropped to 31%, a new low.“
-USA Today, June 26, 2006

“You see, this is the problem with being seen as the mouthpiece of a political party rather than as a news service. When people support the political party you will thrive, but when people become critical of the politicians you suddenly drop like a stone. Se la vie.”


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