On Thursday the Washington Post ran a story about how Hondurans can't get accurate information about their country these days because the coup regime has shut down the media outlets that don't toe the party line. In the very same story, reporter Juan Forero cites results of a recent opinion poll indicating that Hondurans support the the coup:
According to results of a Gallup poll published here Thursday, 41 percent of Hondurans think the ouster was justified, with 28 opposed to it.Sounds like quite a split, right? And with tons of undecideds. Curious! Forero chalks it up to the fact that Hondurans are only getting one side of the story. But, ridiculously, he seems to have plucked those numbers straight from those same biased media outlets, which were, of course, just making them up, because that's what they do, according this Juan Forero story I'm reading. As the Associated Press and the New York Times report, the poll results actually tell a different story:
And a new CID-Gallup poll showed the extent of the polarization there. According to a face-to-face survey of some 1,200 people, 46 percent of Hondurans disagreed with Mr. Zelaya's ouster and 41 percent said they approved of it.Well the Post got the "41" right I guess. True Fact: "cognitive dissonance" is worth 78 points in Scrabble.
Update: For you foreign-speakers, this link's got audio to an original interview with the pollster who clarifies that it was indeed 46-41 in Zelaya's favor. And for the record, the Honduran media lie was repeated (so far) in the Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, UPI and Reuters.