Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Worldnutdaily Lies About Survey Results

Here’s a rather breathtaking example of a lack of journalistic ethics. The Worldnutdaily is reporting on a poll over whether Americans prefer that retailers use “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” in their advertisements. Unsurprisingly, a majority prefers “Merry Christmas.” But here’s the headline and sub-title for the article:

Americans get fed up with ‘Happy Holidays’
But many Democrats in new poll can’t stomach ‘Merry Christmas’

Now let’s look at the actual text of the article:

A new poll finds Americans overwhelmingly prefer that stores use the phrase “Merry Christmas” in their seasonal advertising rather than “Happy Holidays.

The Rasmussen survey found 67 percent favor “Merry Christmas” while just 26 percent prefer “Happy Holidays.”…

A sharp difference, however, showed up between Republicans and Democrats.

While 88 percent of Republicans prefer “Merry Christmas,” just 57 percent of Democrats favor the saying.

It doesn’t say a damn thing about what Democrats “couldn’t stomach.” It simply is not honest to equate a preference for option two with not being able to stomach, or being offended by, option one. I’m not the least bit offended by Merry Christmas, but I do think that when you’re speaking to a group of people that includes those of different religions it’s more appropriate to say Happy Holidays. That’s just basic politeness and it has nothing to do with not being able to “stomach” being told Merry Christmas. Blatantly dishonest spin.