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November 6, 2004
An Unfair Comparison

A report on CNS News seems to be getting a lot of attention this morning, which states that liberal bloggers think that George Bush's re-election is "more depressing" than 9/11. After reading that incendiary headline, I took a look at the article and found out that the headline is quite misleading:

Bloggers on the liberal Democratic Underground website have overwhelmingly labeled Nov. 3, 2004, the day after Election Day, "more depressing" than Sept. 11, 2001 in a poll of online members.

Seventy-two percent of poll takers said they believed the day Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) conceded defeat in the presidential election was more tragic than the day more than 3,000 Americans were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and on a hijacked plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

So what happened is that the nutcases at DU put up one of those instant polls and, not surprisingly, three-quarters of the lunatic fringe picked the most hysterical answer offered. DU is not a hangout for liberal bloggers; it's an asylum for the politically insane, and if CNS doesn't know this, it shouldn't be reporting on it. Besides, the DU isn't a blog, it's a forum, and the comments CNS quotes come from comments.

Liberal bloggers -- at least the well-known ones -- have been disdainful of middle America and disgusted at the loss of the first widely-blogged election, but none that I've read has come close to saying that Bush's re-election trumps 9/11. Let's try to keep from painting the entire port side of the blogosphere as nutcases based on the rants at the DU. That's a tactic more suited to the people who claim to have lost the election to a bunch of inbred morons who want to turn the Midwest into Jesusland.

Now that comes closer to what we're hearing from leftist bloggers than what CNS reports.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 6, 2004 8:48 AM

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