posted on Feb, 15 2003 @ 08:36 AM
WHITE HOUSE POLL-TESTED DUCT-TAPE SCARE
Focus-Group Testing Basis For False White House-Created Hysteria
Who's the Pollster on the Homeland Security Pad?
(** From the Horse**)
Amid growing public hysteria spawned by White House warnings about imminent terrorist attacks, and advice on how to endure such attacks -- buy duct
tape! -- Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge has defended the warnings on the grounds that they have been pre-tested with focus groups.
Incredible. Ridge and the White House tried out the duct-tape stuff on a FOCUS GROUP!
And this is supposed to be a government? Making its judgments about the war on terrorism and national security on the basis of focus groups?!
This from the Administration of George W. Bush who, lying through his teeth, told the American people in 2000 that he doesn't rely on polling and
This is beyond cynical. This is playing with the deepest fears of the American people -- literally plunging millions into war hysteria -- on the
basis of the most cynical kinds of brand-testing and political calculation.
Bad enough that this round of fear-mongering turns out (or so the White House now claims) on a bum tip from a single informant. At best, that shows
abysmal incompetence on the part of the Bush White House. At worst, it shows a calculated effort to whip up mass hysteria -- with focus-group tested
results! -- at a time when the world is raising doubts about the Bush Administration's credibility.
And with the Bush Administration, time and time again, it's proven best to prepare to believe the worst.
That's bad enough. But what about the rest?
Which Republican pollster in getting paid to do focus-group testing for the Department of Homeland Security? How much is the pollster getting
From the Chcago Tribune:
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, responding to days of debate over duct tape and plastic sheeting, on Thursday defended his new
department's recommendations on how Americans can best protect themselves during terrorist attacks and promised even greater guidance in the near
Responding to critics who belittled some of the suggestions, Ridge said his department had worked for the last eight months, even using focus
groups, to find the best ways to prepare the public in the event of terrorist attacks.
In a discussion with the Tribune Editorial Board, Ridge said the department would be rolling out two major programs next week. One is intended to help
limit the vulnerabilities of the nation's key industries, such as banking, chemical plants and electric utilities. The other will address civil
preparedness, with more ideas about what Americans can do to safeguard themselves.
Ridge indirectly appeared to blame Democrats for some of the criticism over the recommendations.
"Obviously, I think there's been some political belittling of duct tape," he said, referring to the suggestion Americans buy plastic sheeting and
tape to seal a safe "internal room" in their homes from a biological or chemical attack.
( Classic.....call out the dissent, imply that they are 'unpatriotic' for not buying into the Orwellian spin & misinformation)