Lies, Damned Lies, and Olbermann

Have a look at the poll that Keith Olbermann flashed during this evening's Countdown. 

Try to put aside your politics for a moment to describe - in all objectivity - the most striking aspect of the poll results.  I'd say it's the fact that by a margin of almost 2:1, Americans feel more safe rather than less safe since 9/11.  Pretty good accomplishment by the Bush administration, you might say.

So how did Keith Olbermann characterize the results?  "55% combined think we are either as safe or less safe" since 9/11.

Olbermann might just as accurately have said that "74% of Americans feel more safe or as safe since 9/11"  or even "less than ¼ of Americans feel less safe." But he obviously didn't agree to set aside politics in the way I asked you to do.

Like they say about statistics, there are lies, damn lies . . . and Olbermann.

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