Thursday, July 8, 2010

From the Fox News Intern Desk...

A darkly-clouded New York City looked like Gotham City earlier this morning. Sadly, I didn't see Batman swooping down to shake-up the the blank faces of hardened city-slickers sliding through a hazy bog of paper wrappers, horn-happy drivers, and coffee cups, half-empty (Kevin where were you?!).

But apparently no one would think of criticizing Batman today- "Who would go out in this steamy weather by choice?", they ask. Between you and me, I think he stayed in to avoid hearing every conversation begin with, "Ohhh it's so hot and disgusting outside," as if it were happening for the first time.

Or maybe he's out trying to find the AWOL Afghans, or intercepting spy-exchanges in Vienna, or avoiding all that conflict as he admires ancient Egyptian tombs.

I'd go with the last considering that solutions to the other problems are moving along molasses-style.

Note: It's no coincidence that all those links take you to the Fox News website. As my title implies, I'm happily working as an intern at Fox this summer, an opportunity that has enabled me to make all these insider observations about NYC, and to spend some time pondering concrete sidewalks and superfluities.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Spill Coverage

Touche, Zakaria.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Problem of Polling

A recent poll cited by Salon shows one of the largest problems with polling. In an article entitled, "The American people want more government spending," Salon seeks to promote the claim that the people of this country aren't concerned with the deficit. However, this headline is misleading because the poll questions are misleading.

Directly from the results at Gallup :

"Would you favor or oppose Congress passing new legislation this year that would do the following?

Approve additional government spending to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

Favor: 60%
Oppose: 38%
No opinion: 2%

[USA Today/Gallup, June 11-3, 2010 in random sampling of phone interviews]"

Who wouldn't want jobs and a stimulated economy? Of course, there are concerns over how well such a thing does it. In addition, I have major concerns over the lack of background concerning how our ballooning deficit spells danger for future economic growth and stability.

Sunday, July 4, 2010