Friday, November 21, 2008

How Obama got Elected: John Ziegler vs. Nate Silver

VIDEO: John Ziegler on Hannity and Colmes
Conservative talker John Ziegler has created quite a buzz for his Documentary "How Obama got Elected", described thusly:
On Election day twelve Obama voters were interviewed extensively right after they voted to learn how the news media impacted their knowledge of what occurred during the campaign. These voters were chosen for their apparent intelligence/verbal abilities and willingness to express their opinions to a large audience. The rather shocking video below seeks to provide some insight into which information broke through the news media clutter and which did not.
John Ziegler was interviewed by Nate Silver of Analytical site
An Interview with John Ziegler on the Zogby "Push Poll"
NS: Do you think that certain types of voters are less well informed?
JZ: I think anyone that looks rationally at these poll results would have to conclude that Obama voters are incredibly poorly informed about major issues that occurred during the campaign -- my guess is because McCain voters got their information from different types of media than Obama voters did.

NS: What types of media would you consider credible?
JZ: I think you need a variety of sources, but I do not accept the notion that if it's not in the New York Times it's not true and if it is in the New York Times it is. Just because Sean Hannity says something doesn't mean it’s not true.
Liberal Talkers Marc Maron and Sam Seder took John Ziegler to task on their online Political show. They spoke of Ziegler's combustible personality and the questionable process that informed the documentary.
- Listen to the episode in mp3 format here
- View the episode in video format here
Included in their critique, Sam and Marc made their very own "scientific" documentary mocking John Ziegler.

VIDEO: Who is John Ziegler?

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