While Chuck Todd has been rightly excoriated for his failure to practice journalism while impersonating a journalist, NBCNews.com seems to be taking lessons from him. This morning, they published the results of a CNBC poll in which "half of the 812 poll respondents were asked if they support Obamacare and the other half if they support the Affordable Care Act."
Journalism fail below...
Here are a couple of paragraphs from the article by CNBC reporter Steve Liesman
Suggesting a huge uphill battle for the administration, feelings about the new health care are either negative or barely positive among those it seems most designed to help. For example, among people with incomes below $30,000, 19 percent don't know enough about Obamacare to have an opinion, and 31 percent have negative opinions compared with just 35 percent positive. Go up one income bracket to the $30,000 to $50,000 group and 51 percent have a negative view compared with 19 percent positive and 17 percent unsure.(emphasis mine)
One group that seems most informed on the issue: Republicans. While 30 percent of the public overall say they don't know enough about the Affordable Care Act to have an opinion, just 18 percent of Republicans and tea party supporters are unsure. Their opinions, of course, are highly negative.
So, I guess if you say you're more informed, it must be true. Never occurred to the reporters to question whether respondents were accurately informed or just got their info from Fox.
Keep hammering NBC and tell them that journalists are expected to do a little work for their paychecks. Remember Steve, your last name is Liesman, not Lies-man
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