Palin/Loughner Poll Nonsense: USA Today Blows Its Own Story

USA Today is trumpeting its new survey on whether blood-libel victim Sarah Palin and her ilk are "to blame" for nutcase Jared Loughner's killing spree. The story is headlined "Poll: Conservatives not to blame for Ariz. shooting," but there's a slight problem. That's not what the poll says.

The lame-ass story says, "Most Americans reject the idea that inflammatory political language by conservatives should be part of the debate" over the Arizona shootings.

Wrong -- according to the paper's own story. Here's why.

As evidence, the paper's Susan Page writes, "A 53% majority of those surveyed call that analysis mostly an attempt to use the tragedy to make conservatives look bad. About a third, 35%, say it is a legitimate point about how dangerous language can be."

Only later in the story do we learn that the poll's margin of error is 4 percentage points. Which means that the 53 percent is actually somewhere between 49 and 57 percent. Which means it's too close to call. Which means the headline and lede of the story aren't justified.

In any case, all of this is diversion. The real question is why Loughner was considered too mentally unstable to take classes at a community college but perfectly okay to buy a Glock and conceal it on his very unstable and bad self. See the Wall Street Journal's "Why Was Jared Loughner Allowed to Buy a Gun?"

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Glenn Bax
Glenn Bax

If Sara Palin doesn't think what she's saying or doing is irresponsible then why were her people so quick to take the cross-hairs map off the web site so hastily? Of course this guy is a nut case but how many more are out there? It's bad enough when they hear voices in they're head telling them bad things. But what happens when those voices are real and broadcast over the media? Everyone's waiting for him to say weather or not the cross-hairs made him do it. That answer may never come from him! But we are all afraid of what these influential politicians are saying and how they are saying it. I think they’re afraid also, that's why the cross-hairs map was removed so quickly? Not so much because of the fear of more random people getting hurt or killed but because of the political consequences. The very next day a clear statement should have replaced the cross-hairs map with a heart felt sincere apology that if this was the cause of this tragedy I am truly sorry! Not, “the shooting was not my fault”. It broke my heart to hear that a young girl was killed. Doesn’t Mrs. Palin have a very young daughter also?

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