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TNT: Hot Button poll question misleading

Letter by Darin W. Moody, Tacoma on Sep. 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm with 4 Comments »
September 7, 2010 2:42 pm

The News Tribune’s Hot Button poll asked readers if they support a mosque at ground zero. But in reality it is not a mosque being built but a community center, with Ping-Pong and pool tables, rooms for community meetings and a prayer room.

The distorted wording of the question supports the right-wing, racist meme that it’s a mosque, or a headquarters for terrorists being built on “hallowed ground” and therefore supports a lie.

There is a mosque literally blocks from my house. Are we worried about terrorism here? Of course not; it would be foolish.
I wish my hometown paper would use common sense, tell the truth and not echo Fox News propaganda.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. blakeshouse says:

    You want YOUR brand of TRUTH go back to Huffpo.

  2. menopaws says:

    Thank you–hysteria and mis-information is the rule of the day……..Makes me sad that we are such willing sheep to be herded………Doesn’t speak well for America–we have lost our spine……kind of scary–as scary as 9/11 was–our reaction has been so much worse………

  3. Sumner401 says:

    You want YOUR brand of TRUTH go back to Huffpo.

    So the right now admits to having it’s own ‘brand’ of truth.
    I think THIS is whats wrong with the nation right now, some people think they get to pick and choose the ‘truth’.

  4. Quite often the Hot Button question’s choices for answers are insufficient. Just as public opinion poll questions can be worded to get a desired outcome, the answer choices can provide only those answers that the pollsters desire.

    It would be handy if each question asked by the TNT had it’s own comment option.

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