Over the weekend, The Oklahoman issued an editorial that was probably written by Janet Barresi's best friend's husband regarding charter schools, education savings accounts, taxpayer scholarships and other programs that I really don't care all that much about.
In the piece, "The State's Most Trusted News" complained that polling data show Oklahoman voters want these educational programs implemented across the state, but state lawmakers are not doing anything about it and apparently that's something to be mad about.
I'll admit it. Half the reason I'm writing this is so I can include a [sic] in Oklahoman editorial headline. I don't know what a "constitutent" is, but I assume most of them probably voted for Janet Barresi.
Here are the poll results. They really make you question The Oklahoman's constancy when it comes to dealing with polling data.
Sorry. I did it again. That's a national CNN poll showing strong support throughout the country to raise the minimum wage. Yeah, it's not Oklahoma specific, but since an overwhelming majority of US citizens think it should be raised, The Oklahoman should criticize the Republican lawmakers in Washington from preventing it from being raised, right???
From a June 24th editorial:
Minimum wage warriors ignore reality
OBAMA administration officials and congressional Democrats have renewed their call to increase the federal minimum wage, visiting businesses that pay above the wage floor for entry-level work. Yet those examples don’t prove the need for a higher federal minimum wage. They actually prove that such laws are unnecessary...
Yes, minimum wage laws are unnecessary. If history has taught us anything, it's that corporations want what's best for low wage laborers. Hell, let's get rid of all labor laws because corporations are fair and honest. Just ask all the journalists who work for The Oklahoman.
To make the anti-minimum wage editorial even better, The Oklahoman actually includes polling numbers from the same CNN Money poll to help prove what I think is some sort of argument:
What President Obama and other liberals refuse to acknowledge is that minimum wage jobs aren’t designed to support a family. They’re overwhelmingly stepping-stone jobs that allow people to enter the labor market, obtain skills and then move on to better-paying jobs. Minimum wage laws can eliminate or reduce access to starter jobs, preventing unskilled workers from climbing up the economic ladder.
A recent poll by CNNMoney found that 63 percent of adults age 18 to 34 now believe the American dream is unattainable. To the degree that this view has a basis in reality, it’s because minimum wage laws and similar government policies are blocking access to economic opportunity and self-improvement.
So... In an editorial about the minimum wage, The Oklahoman ignores the CNN Money poll result that 71% of people want to see the minimum wage raised, but they include a figure from the same poll that shows 63-percent of millennials think the American Dream is dead? Is that a hypocritical double standard? Yes. Is it something we should expect from The Oklahoman Editorial page? Absolutely.
Of course, I guess you can't blame them. We're all hypocritical from time to time. It's probably a bit hypocritical for me to call Oklahoman photographer Chris Landsberger a pervert when I'm also a pervert. I even made fun of The Oklahoman for having one typo in a headline when we have one typo in every other sentence. We're also all guilty of double standards. For example, it's totally fine for a girl to stare at my chest on an elevator, but if I look at hers and try to take a picture with my iPhone I'm suddenly a pervert.
If you really want your mind blown with The Oklahoman's hypocritical manipulation of statistics, check out this editorial about global warming from July 7th:
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats keep using “climate change” scaremongering to justify intrusive, economically destructive regulatory policies. Yet the public remains resistant to alarmist environmental hyperbole.
New national polling by the Pew Research Center finds a substantial majority of citizens don’t buy environmental doomsday prophesies. The poll found that 17 percent of citizens believe there is “no solid evidence of warming” because it is “just not happening.” Another 17 percent feel there is no solid evidence because we “don’t know enough yet.” And another 18 percent believe warming is underway, but attribute it to “natural patterns.”
Those three groups account for 52 percent of the public, showing broad skepticism about man-made global warming. In comparison, just 40 percent of respondents believed warming is occurring because of “human activity.”
40% of the people surveyed in a Pew Research poll think global warming is occurring because of "human activity," substantially more than the other available polling options, yet The Oklahoman somehow twists the results into something that shows "broad skepticism" towards global warming. In addition to that, they fail to mention that a) 97% of scientists – you know, people who study this stuff – believe global warming is happening and b) only 40% of the American public has college degrees, so who really cares what the general public thinks about a global warming?
Anyway, what were we originally talking about again? I think it had to do with education or something. It doesn't really matter, only 40% of TLO readers actually care about that topic. 17% feel education is boring, another 17% only like education when it comes to hot college girls, and the 18% are constituents. Basically, there's a lot of broad skepticism.