July 11, 2003


This David Hicks poll has been up all day at the SMH website. Check the number of votes.

Meanwhile, in important poll news, the BBC holds a 127-vote lead over the New York Times after 755 votes have been counted in the race to decide the least trusted media organisation on earth (see left). The Guardian is clearly the least trusted UK newspaper, while among local competitors the ABC has almost doubled the SMH’s tally. “Random Idiot on the Internet” is so far running fourth overall on 79 votes.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 11, 2003 12:28 AM

How can anyone possibly trust the Sydney Morning Herald more than a random idiot on the Internet?

I think someone at Fairfax has been rigging the poll!

Posted by: Indole Ring at July 11, 2003 at 12:58 AM

I kept looking at that poll of yours and thinking how much it would benefit from an "all of the above" button.

I haven't voted. It seems unfair in such a rich field to single-out just one of them.

Posted by: George Junior at July 11, 2003 at 01:13 AM

Does that represent the number of people who read the SMH these days?

Posted by: Matthew at July 11, 2003 at 01:37 AM

At least the Al-Guardian is usually willing to issue a prominent correction when it gets something atrociously, obviously, jaw-droppingly wrong. The same can't be said for some other American newspapers *cough*NYT*cough* 'scuse me, I have a scratchy throat...

Posted by: Tongue Boy at July 11, 2003 at 01:58 AM

SMH's poll results rarely add up to exactly 100%.

Posted by: Random_Prose at July 11, 2003 at 01:58 AM


Boy, that's a nasty cough!

Posted by: Tongue Boy at July 11, 2003 at 01:59 AM

Doesn't the BBC represent "all of the above"

Posted by: Gary at July 11, 2003 at 02:02 AM

That's a "hacking" cough, Tongue Boy.

Posted by: tim at July 11, 2003 at 02:09 AM

the SMH poll has a total of five votes.

Posted by: Jonny at July 11, 2003 at 05:54 AM

Five votes?

Okay, 'fess up. Who voted twice?

Posted by: Indole Ring at July 11, 2003 at 07:25 AM

The first time I heard of a Monbyiot I assumed it meant a little chip driven robot. Ah, perhaps he is.
Wacthed the ratarse on SBS lastnight and he cleared a few things up. He seems to believe the world would be much better if a world socialist dictatorship ran the world. A first priority would be to act upon that bit of toilet paper, the Kyoto crime plan.

I liked this declaration: a democratically elected world government would run `people's countries on their behalf to their best interest.

With Pilger and Monbyiot, the Guardian is heady communisto reatrd paradise as far as newspapers go.
Next, when people concentrate hard, it is ususally because they have to dig hard and deep to adequately express something.Monbyiot dug deep to recall his mantra of world government, USA rules the world, we must sign Kyoto.
If it were not for the force of Monbyiot's opinions, one would take him for a joker , marking the contortions of his face, great comic effect, yet s disturbing... his dial had all the appearance of the insane .

Gee, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas must be a real stunner , given Mybiot is the star of the show. I hope taxpayer isn't forking out for that festival of fuckers.Other-wise, it all sounds so screamingly hilarious.Pity Pilger didn't make it: the Pilger - Monbyiot double act. Blimey, Har har har har , heh, heh, o shit.

Posted by: d at July 11, 2003 at 10:10 AM

Oh, shit, I screwed up. I thought you were asking who DO you believe on the internet, and, frankly, I trust some random idiot running a blog than those clowns.

Sorry, guys.

Posted by: Bill Peschel at July 11, 2003 at 01:12 PM

Don't just have a look -- and a chuckle -- at that top item. Scroll down over the rest of the SMH 'polls' and see how ones rattling a thousand and more 'voters' turn out! What a readership mindset!

Posted by: Carl at July 11, 2003 at 03:11 PM

I wonder what the SMH would think of the ninemsn daily poll. Like the June 21 result asking "should the children of asylum seekers be exempt from detention." 13923 or 14% of the respondants said yes and 84222 people at 86% said no. Its lucky we have the Family Court to make our minds up for us.

Posted by: Gilly at July 11, 2003 at 06:57 PM

i suppose the reason that there's no option for the bulletin is that the question wasn't "Who don't you read?"

Posted by: adam at July 12, 2003 at 02:51 AM

The Bulletin is a weekly magazine. It'll feature in a future poll.

By the way, I still sometimes write for The Australian.

Posted by: tim at July 12, 2003 at 06:30 AM