There it was on my news screen this morning. On one side, a Fox News headline said that a new poll shows that Americans are still worried about the war on terrorism. Further down the screen, a contradictory CNN headline said that their poll shows that concern for a terrorist strike is the lowest it’s been since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
According to CNN:
Sixty percent of Americans thought a terrorist attack was likely after the first anniversary of 9/11. Furthermore, only about one in 10 Americans says terrorism is the most important issue in deciding their vote for president, the poll found. Seven years after the attacks of September 11, just 30 percent of Americans said they think an attack on American soil is likely over the next several weeks, down 11 points since this time last year and down 30 points since the first anniversary of September 11. Only 14 percent of Americans say an impending terrorist attack is likely in their community.
Clearly, according to their poll, the war on terror has become a yawner, no matter how sad we might still feel about 9/11. That has to be good news for Barack Obama, whose inexperience in such weighty matters is just slightly less than Sarah “Hockey Mom” Palin.
Now here’s Fox News, sounding the alarm!
Seven years after the events of September 11, eight out of 10 Americans — 81 percent —believe the war on terrorism is at least as important today as it was just after the attacks. Yet, while 72 percent of voters say they are concerned about terrorist attacks, those worries now rank behind other issues troubling voters, such as the nation’s economy and gas prices. Half of voters — down slightly from two years ago by 3 percentage points — said the war against terrorism is just as important today as it was seven years ago. More than three in 10 voters (31 percent) think the war is more important now than it ever was, and 18 percent believe it is less important.
And that’s good news for John “Gunner” McCain, who has never seen an enemy he didn’t personally want to crush.
Are they telling us the same thing, but in different ways? Is the editorial bias so pronounced that two mainstream news organizations can conduct what appears to be statistically valid polls and end up with two, polar opposite conclusions?
Who said the Devil could quote the Scripture to suit his purposes?