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“Do I look like I have stupid written all over my face?” – Ernest P. Worrell
In the case of Jim Varney’s iconic character, well, yeah, that’s exactly what he looked like. But what about the rest of us? We’re constantly being told stories by the government, the media and corporations that would strain the credulity of a five-year-old.
Apple is currently experiencing a bit of a public relations problem after being forced to admit that they have been intentionally slowing down the older models of their phones. Of course, they would never do something like that to try and promote the sales of newer models. No, it was done solely because as the lithium ion batteries become older and no longer perform at peak efficiency, the performance must be degraded to maintain full functionality. They really had no choice. It’s not as if they could have made that information public from the beginning, and offered replacement batteries at a reasonable price.
Although that is just what they have done in response to a deluge of public outrage, and lawsuits by several state’s attorneys general.
At the same time, we have various polling organizations telling us that Donald Trump is the most unpopular president in the history of presidents. We’re not supposed to notice that these groups include more than one organization whose polling shifted wildly in the closing days before the election. Polls that had Hillary Clinton up by 14 points four days before the election closed to just 2 points the day before the election, when the major campaign news during that time had Clinton once again being cleared of wrongdoing in the email investigation. Hardly the sort of news you would expect to drive up Donald Trump’s poll numbers.
We’re supposed to ignore that the cross tabs on that polling showed wildly different samples between those polls. We’re supposed to ignore the fact that pollsters care most about the accuracy of the last poll, because that’s the one that people remember. We’re supposed to ignore the palpable hatred for the man displayed in the last year by the very newsreaders reporting those polling results.
And we’re to ignore the fact that Rasmussen, one of the few organizations that gave Trump the slightest chance of winning, polled him at 46% in the last few days.
We’re not as dumb as Ernest. But they sure seem to think we are.