Creditability, Reliability, and Validity

A Storm on the Horizon?

A Storm on the Horizon?

These three words are perhaps the most important–if not influential–words used by the professional community. And before we run into any kind of hair-splitting here, the term ‘professional’ used for this writing represents those who are: experts, specialized, licensed, certified, trained, skilled, or proficient in what they do.

As one deals with or participates in “Polls” the very objective is to gather and present findings based on data. We all know of the various biases; however, for a poll or survey to be precise we look for the validity and reliability of the data.

Although this happened yesterday, I actually saw Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY state the following:  “Americans don’t careabout the teeny, tiny pork amendments bloating up the bill.” What do you reckon…porkulous meaning one hundred or one million dollars? How about 200 billion dollars?

Senator Schumer needs his head read…period! Do you care if this “Stimulus Package”rather than doing what it supposed to do…stimulate the darn economy…is laden with billions of dollars of wasteful indentures? Sen. Charles Schumer needs to hear from you NOW!  Here’s where:

And here is one of my favorites; I almost couldn’t believe my ears insofar as I doubt if he, the President, wants these words out before their time. If you look down to our post, If it’s money…think twice we’ve used it there: they are, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is what this alleged stimulus package is going to be called for his legacy.

At this point I need to ask you–our loyal readers–how much creditability does Sen. Schumer have with you? This guy on the floor of the Chamber says “Americans don’t care about pork amendments…” and I ask, does this person have a 40 knot breeze blowing between his ears? I mean, is he that much of an airhead?

On a different note let’s look at the press just for a moment:

Over the weekend, in between depressing news about the economy and the continued sagas of Michael Phelps and Alex Rodriguez, an inspirational story appeared on the Associated Press news wire. It detailed American Jennifer Figge’s accomplishment in becoming the first woman to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. Many media outlets jumped on the story that seemed almost too good to be true. That’s because it was.

The AP originally reported that Figge swam from the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa to Trinidad (2,100 miles) in 25 days while escorted by a boat. She was said to have rested every night and hopped back in the water in the morning. 

Before anyone took the time to do a very simple arithmetic calculation this story ran with heroism! And yet the feat claimed by Fegge is impossible!

Enough said…I hope; however, a simple question for everyone: How reliable was the AP’s reporting? Furthermore, how valid was their claim? Do you feel that journalists should check out every conceivable detail before printing such nonsense? Further reading here.

And finally, how much creditability does Congress have for you? Do you feel that Charles Schumer is a reliable source of information? Simply stated we at American Age have been writing about lowering the bar of acceptable standards and I’m not certain if there is much more to say. Except…see that little poll on your right? Please participate it will make all of us feel better. Thank you…

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