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Sunday
May092010

Polling for facts; or, an idiotic pandering to crowd wisdom

Sean Hannity has an innovative approach to intelligence analysis applying cutting-edge crowdsourcing principles: Ask a bunch of uninformed viewers what they think is the answer to critical and sensitive national security questions and present the results as meaningful.

On his homepage today, readers are invited to respond to the poll featured to the left. I just voted "with the Taliban" but alas, I was in the minority of only 41%. Rather, 53% of Hannity viewers believe that Faisal Shahzad acted "with al Qaeda" despite the announcement of Attorney General Eric Holder this afternoon that we have actual evidence that Shahzad was funded by the Pakistani Taliban.

But who needs facts when you have crowd opinions?

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