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September 19, 2010

Poll: Should AoSHQ Cover Any More Negative O'Donnell News? [updated]

[See update at end]

For whatever reason blog posts with anything negative about Christine O'Donnell seem to be bringing out the vitriol and accusations of being a RINO and assisting Coons.

Even if the stories in question have been extensively covered by Fox, CNN, and pretty much every other political blog on the right and left. So at this point I'm genuinely curious if this is a widespread feeling or just a vocal minority of commenters.

For the record I have no particular dog in this fight. I don't live in Delaware and hadn't even heard of O'Donnell , Castle, or Coons three weeks ago. I haven't given or received money from any of these campaigns and I've never attended a DC (or Tea Party) cocktail party. Nor do I have the prospect of anything like this happening anytime soon dammit. So pretty much there's no upside whatsoever for me to post this. Yet strangely I'm compelled to anyway. :-)

Apart from being a smart military blog we also cover the news and give readers a place to talk about the news and current events. But if a majority of readers truly don't want to hear anything bad about O'Donnell, well we're not out to make our loyal morons more disgruntled than they already are. The current lawsuits are quite enough thank you very much.

But we may find like Howard Stern that readers who hate our guts make up a substantial portion of our readership, so in that case pissing them off more is just good audience-building strategery. Cause angry traffic is still traffic. And once you're having the interns start your cars, what's a few more threats anyway?


Well after 2500 votes here are the results:

Should this blog cover any negative news about Christine O'Donnell?

Yes 41.73%
Yes, but only if it's matched by equally negative news about Coons 36.23%
No 22.04%

So I read this as a strong majority support for continuing to cover news about O'Donnell even if it's negative. Albeit with more negative coverage of Coons which is fair enough. So if you find something on Coons, do pass it on to us.

And those who wanted a total blackout on any bad O'Donnell news seem to be a vocal minority. Which to be honest was my suspicion. And well I'm afraid I have bad news for you - there's probably going to be more coverage of newsworthy O'Donnell stories even negative ones.

So if that's going to freak you out or piss you off, then let me suggest something in a nice way: This may not be the blog for you. At least for a few weeks, so maybe take a break for a while. But of course everyone is always welcome at the Nov. 2nd evening pudding party.

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