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CBS: Internet 'Very Unfriendly' Due to Politics; Omits Liberals More Unfriendly

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CBS This Morning on Tuesday highlighted a recent Pew Research poll that "says politics is now making the Internet very unfriendly....nine percent of social networking users say they've un-friend...or blocked someone whose politics they disagree with." But the morning show failed to mention that the poll explained that "liberals are the most block, unfriend, or hide."

During her news brief, anchor Erica Hill noted how the left-leaning Daily Beast website reported on the blocking phenomenon. After citing the nine percent figure, Hill added, "Can't we just have a discussion anymore?" It is the left, however, that seems less likely to have that discussion, as the Monday poll found. Researchers Lee Rainie and Aaron Smith noted that "28% of liberals have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone on SNS [social networking sites]...compared with 16% of conservatives and 14% of moderates."

A graph included with their findings outlined that 16% of liberals had "blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone...because they posted something [they] disagreed with." This is twice the 8% figure for conservatives. The bar graph also revealed that 11% of liberals "blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone...because they disagreed with something [they] posted," compared to just 4% for conservatives.

Screen Capture From 13 March 2012 Edition of CBS This Morning | NewsBusters.orgThis is the second time in two days that CBS has buried a poll finding that didn't jive with their liberal leanings. The network omitted mentioning on its Monday and Tuesday morning and evening newscasts how their most recent poll with the New York Times found that 57% of Americans are against the controversial ObamaCare birth control/abortifacient mandate. This came just under a month after they trumpeted an earlier poll result finding that 61% of Catholics apparently backed the federal regulation.

The transcript of Erica Hill's news brief from Tuesday's CBS This Morning, which aired 14 minutes into the 8 am Eastern hour:

ERICA HILL (voice-over): 'The Daily Beast' website says politics is now making the Internet very unfriendly. According to a new poll, nine percent of social networking users say they've un-friend- or de-friended, depending on how you like to say it- or blocked someone whose politics they disagree with. Can't we just have a discussion anymore?



Instead of liberal, progressive, socialist or communists having to close their eyes, stick their fingers in their ears, stick out their tongue and shake their heads they can just click a mouse.


#2 I've had a similar experience

I got into a discussion on Facebook about the OWS movement and "tax the rich" meme a few months ago with a liberal friend of mine, and a couple of his liberal friends that joined in. Near the end a mutual conservative friend of ours came to back me up. I did my best to be polite and reasonable with them, and used facts to argue my point. Needless to say it wasn't long before he descended into a vicious, irrational, almost personal attack on the Tea Party and Republicans, and when I called him out on it and ripped the "moral highground" out from under his feet, all the fight left him and the discussion was over. However, a few days later I went back to look over the discussion again, and all the comments had been deleted. I'm a little surprised he hasn't un-friended me on facebook yet haha.

I heartily accept the motto "That government is best which governs least" . . . Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe -- "That government is best which governs not at all" -Henry David Thoreau

#3 ~I don't friend anyone who isn't vetted

But I've been blocked by the liberal friends of my conservative friends more times than I can count. :-D
My favorite thing is being brought in by female friends as a 'ringer', so people they don't *personally* want to offend can still get spanked.

Obama's WTF 2012 campaign slogan: "A dog in every pot"

#4 You vett people first?

And I made the cut?! Wow. You da bomb.

My daughter's right, I really can't get away with talking like that. You're the best Bru.

Proud member of the 53%!

#5 ~LOL!

My NB buddies are the whole reason I got an account in the first place, and I've kept the 'no liberals' rule since then. It's just too easy to offend people you don't actually *want* to offend.
That one lady talk to you again, yet? :-p

Obama's WTF 2012 campaign slogan: "A dog in every pot"

#6 Yes, but not about politics!

You schooled her but good.

Proud member of the 53%!

#7 people they don't people they don't *personally* want to offend can still get spanked.

The line forms here. :-^)


Vote for the American in November

#8 ~Naughty Dave!

Bad boy!


Obama's WTF 2012 campaign slogan: "A dog in every pot"

#9 Good evening Bru

We all need to unwind and relax from all this tension. Another trip down mammary lane like we all took sometime back might help.


Jesus Loves You so much He died for you

#10 Ahh, My Conservative Friends

Everyone has been incredibly kind to me, a liberal, on this site.

#11 Once again van misses the point...

Liberals can't handle the truth. Conservatives don't hide postings, we allow dreck like you to post even though your postings are full of lies.

Proud member of the 53%!

#12 So gracious of you!

Do you even have authority to ban/block postings from some people on this site? If so, please let me know.

#13 So Silly

Wouldn't YOU like to know?

Why should you know? So you know how hard to push your liberalism? Or your LGBT agenda?

Silly porn star.

#14 Count your lucky stars, porn star

We don't take kindly to Soros infiltrators.

We've made an exception for you, however....since you're so green and such a naif. However, once the election season cranks up, you best gird your loins.....or whatever it is that you have.

#15 Loins, Blonde? More like the backless set of chaps.

Kinda drafty back there, VD?

To re-elect Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

#16 By first hand experience I

By first hand experience I know that liberals are offended by anyone who disagrees with them, and the very few who are actually willing to listen to opposing views and actually re-think their own viewpoint do not stay liberal for long.

#17 It's Bizarro World at CBS

So, even though they have their own stats showing us that, even amongst liberals, more than 70 percent of people DON'T block others, the "internet" is an "very unfriendly" place? With a 70 percent plus "acceptance" rate at the various social networking sites, I would describe the "internet" as "very friendly."

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. The US Constitution

Unless you're a fetus. The US Supreme Court

Or Anwar al-Awlaki.

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