By Trevor Snyder | willtoexist.com
A large majority of blog readers think traditional media sources should withdraw completely from reporting within a year. The Will to Exist reports that the poll of 100 bloggers, conducted by Will to Exist International, found that only three percent of blog readers felt the traditional media sources continue to remain unbiased and/or relevant as reliable sources of accurate reporting about world events. Although the poll, conducted in March of 2006, was carried out without Pentagon approval, The Will to Exist International said they did have the approval of commanders in Iraq.
Of the 100 blog readers who participated in the unpaid opinion gathering poll, 75 percent felt that traditional media sources have become “increasingly biased and irrelevant” leading some experts to conclude that many newspapers and television stations may soon face serious financial woes. Twenty percent of poll participants believed the media was “a mixed bag.” Three percent said traditional media sources were “doing a great job” and only 2 percent werenâ€™t sure what the hell was going on.
The poll was funded by an unknown and mysterious organization called the Center for Citizen Empowerment, which received money for the project from an anonymous prowar activist. Trevor Snyder, the president of The Will to Exist International, said the donor had no imput on the content of the poll, or how it was conducted. Of those surveyed, 75 percent visited blogs multiple times, 62 percent had stopped using traditional news sources such as daily newspapers and network news stations, and 25 percent were angry at pollster John Zogby, whom they believe to be biased.
One surprising finding in the poll is that 85 percent of those surveyed believe that liberals display a surprising inability to harness the power of logic when making decisions and that that might be one primary source of the increasing backlash against a perceived or perhaps real bias in reporting from traditional mainstream media news sources. Numerous commissions and studies have been unable to prove that polls have much scientific value, or that elected leaders should use them as a guide for making important decisions. Meanwhile, 18 percent of bloggers said that they wished someone would invent a keyboard that wouldn’t get sticky when soft drinks (also called soda pop in some parts of the United States) are accidentally spilled while blogging.
“We were surprised by that, especially the 18 percent [figure],” Snyder said. “Clearly too many people are trying to drink and type at the same time, and the public certainly deserves, at a minimum, a keyboard which can be run through the dishwasher.”
In discussing the findings on its website, Will to Exist International said that when bloggers were asked why they think that some Americans want better reporting and less bias from news sources, said:
“I think it’s the fact that they hire people who are pretty instead of intelligent. Maybe that’s a symptom of a larger problem. Perhaps Americans are too focused on being pretty or at least looking at people who are pretty and not focused enough on having some sort of meaningful substance to the fabric that makes up their lives. Don’t ya know?”
Editor’s Note: The above blog entry was copied directly from a “real news story” and then re-written to suit the tastes of The Will to Exist International. All poll results cited above are mostly real. Margin of error +/- 5 percent (margin of error is completely made up and not based on any mathematical formula.)