re: Here's Coco's Giant Anus Because F*ck It (41 comments)
Wait—Internet Explorer? Perhaps it’s time to rethink your browser.
First of all, good job on reading only one side of that table; there was a difference of 0.38 for “domestic question” and 0.52 for “international question.” Second, the difference between 1.04 and 1.42 indicates that Daily Show viewers did 37% better—and that’s just on domestic questions; for international questions, it’s 48%. Those are both statistically significant distinctions.
Meanwhile, the reference to “cable news” in your pullquote really only refers to Fox and MSNBC, as viewers of the Daily Show (as well as CNN) did better on international questions than the “no news at all crowd”—which you would have noticed if you knew how to read the table.
I know, math comprehension is hard.
Look at you, already a Bronze Commenter!
Conservative logic: As long as you can finish with a (perceived) dig at liberals, no matter how irrelevant to the argument at hand, you win.
re: Joan Rivers Is Probably Dead (Update: Or Not) (42 comments)
HEADLINE: “Lindsay Lohan Is Probably Dead”
*block party breaks out at The Superficial*
HEADLINE: “Joan Rivers Is Probably Dead”
“Insensitive!” “Uncalled for!” “Douchey!” “Unexpected from a satirical gossip site!”
Edited to add: “Not at all in keeping with Joan Rivers’ style of humor!”
re: Lara Bingle Topless (12 comments)
I look forward to the first comment that rejects her because one breast looks like it’s drooping a little here.
It will be worth it if these badges lead to a “Trusted Commenter” status so my comments don’t fall into content-filter limbo because I refer to, say, the name of the original Leagues where Jackie Robinson played, or mention “pasta e f-gioli” soup (see, I had to edit it). And God forbid I put two links in my comment to buttress/source my arguments. That clearly means I’m selling counterfeit Chinese handbags. Shit—I think “counterfeit Chinese handbags” just got this comment flagged.
“So we have three Pew studies that superficially rank Fox viewers low on the well-informed list, but in several of the surveys, Fox isn’t the lowest, and other general-interest media outlets — such as network news shows, network morning shows and even the other cable news networks — often score similarly low…
“Meanwhile, the other set of knowledge surveys, from worldpublicopinion.org, offer mixed support for Stewart. The 2003 survey strikes us as pretty solid, but the 2010 survey has been critiqued for its methodology.
“The way Stewart phrased the comment, it’s not enough to show a sliver of evidence that Fox News’ audience is ill-informed. The evidence needs to support the view that the data shows they are ‘consistently’ misinformed — a term he used not once but three times. It’s simply not true that ‘every poll’ shows that result. So we rate his claim False.”
So instead of “consistently,” I should have said “mostly” or “frequently,” adding “pretty much always” when comparing Fox News viewers to Daily Show viewers. Also, the Politifact entry is dated 2011. The survey I linked above is from 2012—in other words, one more survey showing us how poorly informed Fox News viewers are.
Yeah, I stopped reading after “funny (with Kilborn)” because there’s absolutely no point in listening to someone’s argument after that.
The best part of that just has to the “low information crowd that makes up Stewart’s audience” crack, because surveys consistently show that Fox News viewers are the least-informed audience, while Daily Show viewers are among the best-informed. But of course, this is what passes for insightful political reasoning on the right these days: “People who disagree with me must be ‘low-information,’ because if they had all the information, they would be on my side of the issue. Ipso facto.”