Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh called a recent Reuters story about a healthcare poll "a great example of media deception," adding that it is "propaganda at its most blatant."
The headline for the Reuters/Ipsos
poll story published Tuesday read "Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare."
"Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the 'Obamacare' health plan," the story leads off.
Reuters then says that "nearly one-third of respondents in the online survey" said they preferred the healthcare plan and policy crafted by the Democrats.
"This, folks, is the propaganda machine at its most blatant," Limbaugh said on DailyRushbo.com
. "You look at this headline and if you read the headline, which is what most people read, you're supposed to believe that more and more people now love Obamacare and more and more people think Obamacare is the way to go and more and more people think Democrats have all the answers."
"But that's not what the article says at all!" the conservative talk show host explained. "For starters, this was an online poll, which means it was meaningless ... there were only 799 votes."
"Most importantly, what does it mean that nearly a third of the online voters preferred Democrat plans for healthcare?" he asked. "That gave us a headline 'Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare.'
"It is still a majority, but the one-third is a little bit more than it was in their previous so-called poll. So the number of people who 'vote' Democratic increased a little and that becomes 'Americans increasingly prefer,' but they don't prefer. It's just one-third of voters prefer the Democrat health plan."
Limbaugh then asks if anyone knows what the Republican plan is, saying that Reuters doesn't spell it out in its story.
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