John Ziegler is projecting

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He's the former right-wing radio talker who claims the only reason Obama won the election is because the liberal media didn't tell the truth about the candidate's nasty background. Ziegler even posted a YouTube clip featuring interviews he did with Obama voters. Viewers are supposed to laugh at how ignorant the voters. It's sorta like Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" schtick, but with elections. (In his clip, Ziegler thinks it's a big deal that some Obama supporters didn't know who Congressional Dems Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were. Ziegler though, never bothered to poll random McCain voters to see if they could ID John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.)

Now Ziegler even has polling data to back up his claim about how the media cost McCain the election! Too bad the pro's think it's a joke.

Undeterred, Ziegler thinks is widely revealing that most Americans knew that the GOP spent $150,000 on Sarah Palin's campaign wardrobe, which was a national story just weeks ago, yet most Americans didn't know the circumstances of Obama's first local election win 12 years ago. You can see where this is all going. Pretty much nowhere. But again, the point seems to be for Ziegler and conservative to laugh at Obama's voters and blame the press for Obama's win. And hey, it's a free country so go at it.

I couldn't help chuckling though, while reading Ziegler's breathless introduction at his anti-Obama website [emphasis added]:

On November 4th, 2008 millions of Americans were shocked that a man of Barack Obama's limited experience, extreme liberal positions and radical political alliances could be elected President of the United States.

I'm pretty sure when Ziegler wrote "millions of Americans" he really meant "me and my right-wing friends."

P.S. John, is it really necessary to refer to yourself in the third person on your blog? i.e. "John Ziegler has written what is sure to be a controversial..." It just seems creepy.

UPDATE: In a posted comment here, Ziegler writes:

Contrary to the garbage of lies above this post (the type of which are all too common from Media Matters), we DID do a poll of BOTH McCain and Obama voters and the results are extremely damming to numerous parties, especially the media and Obama voters. Check out the results at

Of course, Ziegler's rebutting an allegation we never made. In our our post above we noted that in his YouTube video clip, Ziegler did not include interviews with McCain voters. We never made made that claim regarding his new polling data. So for those keeping score, our point stands and Ziegler's claim of "garbage" is, well, garbage.

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