Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Untold Magisterial Clout

Today Tony Snow, the White House Press Secretary, had to defend against media stupidity once again.

From Yahoo News:

A USA Today/Gallup poll last week found that 42 percent of the roughly 1,000 adults surveyed across the United States believed President George W. Bush's administration had "deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline so that it would decrease before this falls elections."

White House spokesman Tony Snow addressed -- and summarily dismissed -- the speculation at a press briefing earlier this week.

(His response is precious.)

"I have been amused by ... the attempt by some people to say that the president has been rigging gas prices, which would give him the kind of magisterial clout unknown to any other human being," he told reporters.

"It also raises the question, if we're dropping gas prices now, why on earth did we raise them to 3.50 dollars before?" he said.

When the media looks stupid, it makes me all happy inside. Here's what the poll tells me: Roughly 42% of people will believe anything the media asks them.

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