During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, MSNBC posed this poll question and then tracked responses the entire way: “do you agree or disagree with what the President is saying right now?”
First of all, who uses Bing?
For the first 15-20 minutes of the speech, the President wasn’t presenting a single argument. He was either stating obvious realities or expressing shameless (albeit sincere) platitudes. Nothing was debatable. Was I meant to agree or disagree that he was speaking?
Beyond that, all I really have is…seriously?
Conclusion: our news media (as a single hegemonic entity, not a plural noun) is dumb.