Thursday, June 22, 2006

NewsMax Conducts Poll To Gauge Interest In Coulter ... With Whom They Have a Marketing Tie-In. Isn't That The Definition of "Bias"?

Newsmax, the conservative "news" site, is conducting "an urgent national online poll" regarding Ann Coulter and her new book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism.

Among the questions is this loaded gun:

5) Of the three, who would you trust for news and information?

The choices given are Katie Couric, Ann Coulter and Al Franken.

Forget the fact that this is a choice of apples, oranges and pears. Why did NewsMax pick this threesome? Hmmm. Couric replaced the CBS Evening News' Dan Rather -- perhaps the most-hated journalist among the "conservative media," working for perhaps the most-hated news network among the "conservative media." Franken is perhaps the most-hated liberal pundit among the "conservative media."

Coulter, meanwhile, has been championed by those who hate Rather and Franken.

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Amazingly, when you submit your answers, you are taken to this page, which features an advertisement allowing you to buy Godless for $4.99, or $23 below the retail price. You also get a free four-month trial subscription to NewsMax Magazine -- which you are then expected to renew and renew and renew.

Could you imagine the reaction from NewsMax or other "conservative media" if the New York Times or Washington Post were to publish a poll that was conducted with a tie-in to buy the product? How loudly would "conservative media" scream if, for example, a CBS News poll were conducted about President Bush's popularity, with participants able to receive a discount on Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11?

Isn't what NewsMax is doing the very definition of "bias"?

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Why the tie-in? That's how Coulter's book has seen such amazing sales -- tie-ins to conservative magazine subscriptions, free books in exchange for donations to conservative causes, giveaways by conservative radio talk show hosts.

Such tie-ins artificially jack up Coulter's numbers. Truth is, people are willing to pay very little for Coulter's diatribe. Ask them to pay $28, and Coulter's book sales would be significantly less.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Master Mahon said...

Guess how it got on the 'best seller list'??? it was being given away last week.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

It's such a scam -- and it gives Rush and Sean a chance to artificially yelp how the liberal press doesn't understand how popular Coulter truly is. Just look at all those book sales!!!

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Up2Late said...

I don't think those are real polls, I'm fairly sure they are ads.

UPI has simmilar types of "polls" too.

You might find some like that at links at this link: http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack

Note: UPI NewsTrack is bogus, RW, re-edited to fit the RW agenda, "news."

I have about 3 layers of Ad Blockers on my computer, so I don't see any ads right now, but if I turned them off, I bet I would.

If you were just at Newsmax, I'd run a Spyware sweep if I were you. If you don't have Spyware removal program, let me know and I'll give you a few links.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous eleny said...

I thought Jesus taught Liberalism

The Beatitudes sure sound liberal to me.

11:54 PM  
Blogger The Xsociate said...

It does say something that while Coulter is touted as having this huge fan base, so few of them are willing to pay full price for her last tome.

12:11 AM  

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