On Surveys, and the Nature of Bias: Part II.

Remember when last week I was like, ‘Oh, we should be politically engaged and complete ridiculous surveys’ and ‘Oh, it’ll be okay if we have enough wine?’

Well, it turns out that the Republican National Committee and ‘Team Trump’ (no, I did not make that up. Yes, that’s how they sign their official emails) decided that us nefarious Democrats ruined their illustrious and academically sound survey by, you know, participating. In something that somehow came as a total surprise to them, the answers weren’t exactly what they were anticipating, so they decided to try again. And again! Now they’re on round 3, and for the good of American society, we should keep taking this survey, because liberals are people too! So, here’s the link: use it wisely.

Trump/Pence Email
Since we’re all friends here, let’s do what Team Trump demands and IMMEDIATELY answer some totally sound survey questions!

Of course, when I was looking into the media coverage (oh, the irony) regarding this survey, I discovered that there is also an earlier, election-focused version still floating around on the interwebs. And you can still submit answers! So though we may all have a rage stroke, let’s break out the wine bottle and answer even more questions that will make us skeptical of the future of humanity. Please remember that these questions are direct screenshots, and remain unedited by me in any way. Strap in folks — it’s wine and survey time! (FYI, for your sanity and mine, I’m only going to answer questions that weren’t already asked in previous incarnations of this survey. And in case you want to play along, here’s the link.)

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 6

Oh gee, I feel so swell that websites considered to be bastions of alt-right thinking and part of an ‘alternative universe‘ are considered to be part of the normal list of online sources accessed by Republicans. Feeling super comforted and supportive of national unity right now.

Answer: Other

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 8

OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY DEAR GOD I AM 100% DONE AND I HAVE BARELY EVEN STARTED.

Answer: No.

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 9

Y’all, crazy doesn’t need to be taken out of context. It’s kind of self-explanatory.

Answer: No.

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 10

Um, that’s a factually inaccurate statement that ignores an incredible amount of political nuance. I’ll break it down for you. Although Sanders ran for President as a democrat, he was elected as an independent senator. He remains an independent senator. Not a Democrat. That’s the story. Calm the hell down.

Answer: No.

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 11

Please just take me now.

Answer: No.

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 13

I genuinely did not know that was a thing that happened , and all I want to say is, please stop referring to liberals as special, safe space obsessed snowflakes. For real.

Answer: No

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 14

That’s really just a lie. Oh, sorry! An alternative fact.

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 15

I admit to being fairly perplexed by the nature of this question. Yes, Obama received a wealth of media coverage during his campaign, but so did Romney and McCain when they ran against him. And while the media did cover Clinton’s campaign, it offered an absurd amount of coverage to Trump. Plus, a recent study out of Harvard found that, overall, Clinton received more negative media coverage during the election cycle than Trump.

Answer: No

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 18

If you mean, ‘have social justice activists achieved greater equality for all Americans even in the face of extreme prejudice and violence over the course of our nation’s history?’,  I agree with you. If you’re mad that activists have ensured that America’s children aren’t offered a white supremacist version of history, I have no sympathy for you. Please go read a book. I recommend this one.

Answer: No

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 19

IT WOULD BE FUNNY EXCEPT PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVE IT’S TRUE.

Answer: No

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 21

Oh, friends. Reporting facts isn’t deliberately positive or negative. That’s kind of the point.

Answer: No

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 22

Okay, let’s set the record straight. When those erroneous and doctored videos regarding Planned Parenthood were released, there was a media outcry. A total furor. Then, the folks who brought them forward for indicted for falsifying records (among other things), and while countless congressional committees tried to prove that Planned Parenthood was participating in some kind of organized evil, they found no evidence that that was the case. Sorry, not sorry.

Answer: No

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 23

I think we can all agree that there’s wasteful government spending. Unfortunately, I’m pretty positive we all don’t agree on what that means.

Answer: No

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 24

OH DEAR GOD IT WAS A BIG STORY ALL THE MAJOR OUTLETS COVERED IT WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?

Answer: NoMainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 25

Hey, guess what? Donald Trump on tape admitting to and fantasizing about further sexual assault? That’s not fake. It’s real, and it’s made people in this country fearful and traumatized. Don’t you dare try and trivialize that based on some ridiculous pivot towards national security. Also, P.S., now that your boss is president, he compromises our national security more than Hillary ever did with her email server. Think about that.

Answer: No

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 25

THIS IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS NONSENSE GET OVER IT OH MY FREAKING GOD CAN YOU JUST STOP WITH THE LEADING QUESTIONS?!?

Answer: NoMainstream Media Accountability Survey -- Question 28

See, the thing is, he did, and they tried. It didn’t work out. Now we’re here.

And there you have it. This is what we’re up against. If you believe in a free press, please support your local, regional, and national newspapers. If you can’t afford it, go in on a subscription with your friend. Now more than ever, we have to support the media. It may not be perfect, but it’s what we’ve got. It’s part of what makes America great.

Wine bottle
This post brought to you by wine.

— S

Day 52: February 22, 2017

 

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