Salon believes in scams: File this under the general heading, “What we’ve been talking about.”
Salon has reprinted a smokin’ hot piece from Alternet (author, Laura Gottesdiener). Salon treats itself to a smokin’ hot headline—and reveals a taste for scams:
GOTTESDIENER (11/2/12): Poll: Most Republicans believe in demonic possessionSalon readers are supposed to be shocked, just shocked, to learn that 68 percent of Republicans believe demonic possession in real. Also terrified!
Less than one week away from the election, a terrifying new poll reveals that more than two-thirds of registered Republican voters believe that people can be possessed by demons.
A staggering 68 percent of registered Republican voters stated that they believe demonic possession is real. Meanwhile, only 48 percent of self-identified Republicans believe in another equally if not more scary natural phenomenon: climate change.
The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling, touted by NPR as “one of the most prolific polling outfits in the country.”
And staggered! Ohourgod!
Heroically, Gottesdiener resists the temptation to include a related fact: 49 percent of Democrats said the same thing in that PPP poll! Eight percent more were “not sure.” (According to PPP, only 43 percent of Dems said they don't believe in possession.)
Because we’re willing to link you to the poll, you can check this out for yourself. Salon withheld the link, as did Alternet in the original posting.
Hey, rubes! Increasingly, sites like Salon like to treat you like fools! You shouldn't take it personally, though. It's part of the business model!
Might we note a trend? Gottesdiener and the bulbs at Salon think this is good solid fun. Sadly, this is a common game among us self-impressed pseudo-liberals.
In this instance, we liberals express amazement at all those terrifying Republicans who believe this crazy thing. Here’s our question for the precious Gottesdiener and for the bulbs at Salon:
How many blacks and Hispanics believe in demonic possession? Thanks for asking! Those data are available from the PPP survey too!
In this survey, 66 percent of Hispanics said they believe in demonic possession. So did 65 percent of blacks. Those numbers are virtually identical to the number for Republicans, the number Salon finds so comical.
Using the standard logic of sites like Salon, shouldn’t we say that Gottesdiener is a terrible racist, since she's aggressively mocking a belief held by so many blacks and Hispanics? Isn’t that the approach the bulbs at Salon have increasingly taught us to take?
It happens quite routinely: White liberals mock Republicans for some cultural belief. We seem to think that no one holds these views except a bunch of southern white crackers. We laugh and laugh and roll our eyes—and we show how clueless we are.
Once again, this is the link Salon withheld. Our view?
As we increasingly emerge from our nap in the woods, our exceedingly pitiful, low-IQ tribe is increasingly clueless and vile. Our dumbness is a national security problem—a problem for the whole world.
One more link: To see Gottesdiener's piece at Alternet, just click here. Over there, the headline referred to a "Shocking Poll."