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22 September 2008

Michael Palin for President

Go to and sign up for the Michael Palin for President Newsletter. How about this Palin for US (vice-)president? Wonder what his views on Russia are?

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14 September 2008

The Fox Effect

Sarah Palin again. Rather than the CNN Effect, perhaps its better to call it the Fox Effect. In her ABC interview, Palin linked Iraq to the 9/11 attacks in the US. Despite a complete lack of supporting evidence, it seems that this is still common understandig in the US. A Harris poll of US citizens in October 2004 found that:

– 62 percent believe that Saddam Hussein had strong links to Al Qaeda (a claim which Vice President Cheney has made more than President Bush).

More surprising perhaps are the large numbers (albeit not majorities) who believe claims which the president has not made, and which virtually no experts believe to be true:

– 41 percent believe that Saddam Hussein helped plan and support the hijackers who attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
– 38 percent believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded.
– 37 percent actually believe that several of the hijackers who attacked the U.S. on September 11 were Iraqis.

An in-depth analysis of a series of polls conducted in 2003 by the Program on International Policy (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks found three significant misperceptions among the US public:

– 48% incorrectly believed that evidence of links between Iraq and al Qaeda have been found,
– 22% that weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, and
– 25% that world public opinion favored the US going to war with Iraq.

The polls also found that the level of misperception correlated to the main source of news. 80% of Fox news viewers voiced at least one of these three misperceptions:

So, if the CNN Effect leads policy makers, the Fox Effect leads viewers who elect politicians… and sometimes apparently politicians themselves.