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October 31, 2005

Chapters 6 & 7

"The lesson seems clear enough: don't trust a poll's answers unless you can examine the poll's questions. In particular, unless you see the poll's questions, don't trust a poll commmissioned by an organization that uses the poll to support its own predetermined position, since the questions may well have been rigged to reach the organization's desired conclusion."
*This makes perfect sense. Who would want information that may be false. The polls should always show what questions were asked. 1. This will help make the news program a more reliable source of information because readers/viewers aren't second guessing themselves. 2. Readers/viewers will be more aware of what the poll is really about.

"When you ask directly, you get more information."
*Wouldn't it make sense to always ask directly? That way, the asker is getting more CORRECT information rather then hinting to certain questions trying to get answers.

*I found that I would rather be interviewed in person rather then on the phone. I, as the interviewee, like to see how the interviewer looks and what facial expressions s/he may give after answering a question.

"Still, it's wise to be somewhat skeptical, both about fairy tales and about risk narratives. It's always important to know what we do (and don't) know about the extent of the risk, and the ways in which the risk can most prudently and expeditiously be reduced if not eliminated. Good reporting about risk addresses those issues; too often, bad reporting only encourages us to live fearfully ever after."

Posted by ElyseBranam at October 31, 2005 10:00 AM


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