Monday, February 25, 2002

GLENN REYNOLDS POINTS TO EVEN POLL RESULTS IN HIS FOX CLONING ARTICLE TO VALIDATE HIS POSITION ON CLONING
He even says this is surprising since Fox is "conservative." The only mitigating factor he admits is that the web population is more liberatarian than the country at large.

What Reynolds fails to mention is that most people got to the article either from his own website or from other blogs and websites that are sympathetic to his point of view. (I don't think the link from here exactly produced a bonanza of hits). Naturally, this will lead to polll results that are in line with the author's position.

By Reynolds doesn't stop there. Confronted with a TIME poll that's less friendly, Reynolds reverts to his usual strawman bashing by saying that "the biggest reason for given for opposition is that it's 'against God's will' ."

Er, not quite. The biggest reason cited was religious beliefs at 34%. There was a separate question on the poll that asked whether or not cloning was agiainst God's will, and 69% said yes. (I could not tell if this question was addressed to all participants or just those opposed to cloining. The web site is a bit ambiguous.) Reynolds conflated these 2 questions, either accidentally or on purpose, to reach the conclusion that the biggest reason for oppposing cloning is that it's "against God's will."

This is a gross oversimplification. "Religious beliefs" can entail much more than just "it's against God's will". I would oppose slavery because of my religiouis beliefs, as would most people, and we could all probably back that up with more than, "it's against God's will."

As I've mentioned before, the cloning debate seems to bring out the worst in Reynolds, leading him to resort to strawman bashing and misleading use of polls.
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