"Peter Hitchens is fond of claiming that the actual purpose of polling is not to measure opinion, but to change it," notes Kevin Jones — National election poll stops asking respondents if they're married. "A polling environment which treats marital status as irrelevant to voting habits is not only the product of a crooked newsroom culture," says Mr. Jones. "It is a generator of a crooked popular culture."
"News media throughout America are gleefully trumpetting the result that '40% of Americans think marriage is obsolete,'" reports Bonald — Human nature is obsolete. He notes that "on closer inspection, we realize that, in these stories, the media is not objectively reporting its victory. These stories are themselves part of their campaign."
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