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Thursday, August 19, 2010

News Roundup for 8/19/10

FOX host interviews girls in their underwear
Real news for real idiots

-Headline of the day-
"Poll: Most of those who think Obama is Muslim learned it from media."

Big news! 1 in 5 Americans think Barack HUSSEIN Obama is a Muslim. It's all over the news media, because really, nothing else important has happened recently. So the news was a welcome story on a day when there was nothing else to talk about.

Anyway, the Pew poll found that 18% of respondents thought Obama was a Muslim, which is big super-important news to know, because it's roughly equal to the percentage of birthers found in other polls. In addition, George W. Bush's approval rating on leaving office was 22%. in fact, still another poll has found 20% of people worldwide believe that aliens are here on Earth and walk around in disguise to fool us. No, really.

So I think the big news here is that, no matter what the polling question, somewhere around 20% of respondents will give you an answer that's freakin' insane. Talk about burying the lede.

But Greg Sargent dug through the internals of the poll and found a further buried lede: of the people who think Obama's a Muslim, 60% say they learned this fact from the media. He also found out that the vast majority of those holding that opinion were Republicans. So you know who we're talking about here: Republicans+media=FOX, Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, etc.

I think we've got enough data here to say that it's a scientifically proven fact that rightwing media will turn you into an idiot and that 20% of people are frootloops. (Plum Line)

-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, Dogboy and Mr. Dan are back and they're going to tell us about the latest Muslim plot to take over America!

Cat and Mosque
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OK, so it's not as much a "Muslim plot" as it is a "rightwing panic attack," but still... (

-Bonus HotD-
"While Demanding Muslims Be Sensitive To 9/11 Victims, Sarah Palin Defends Dr. Laura's Racial Insensitivity."

Boy howdy! Mama Grizzlies sure do like that N-word, huh? (Think Progress)

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