It depends what “undecided” means

Here’s a wonderful video from Hot Air exposing the fact that many of the “undecided” voters who got to question the candidates at the most recent Democratic debate were activists or operatives of some kind.  Indeed, one of them may even have been known to a Democratic candidate before the debate began:

It’s a very funny video, but it does take you down a language trail.  When Wolf Blitzer announced that these audience questioners were undecided, did he mean, as most of us first understood it, that they were political blank slates, who have not even decided with which party they wish to be affiliated?  I think it’s entirely possible that he didn’t mean “undecided” in that sense, especially given the MSM’s world view:  there is just one party (Democratic) , which is continuously and unfairly being attacked by a political malformation (conservatives).  In this world view, “undecided” would mean that these people have decided views on the issues, but are undecided as to which (Democratic) candidate would best serve those views.

Certainly if that’s what Blitzer/CNN mean to say, they should have clarified that point.  It was careless and possibly underhanded to imply in any way that these people were ordinary Moms and Pops.  Still, castigate CNN as I may, I do think CNN might be able to take a lawyerly language pass on its use of the word “undecided.”

One Response

  1. Would it surprise you to discover that all the “undecideds” at a Papal conclave were Catholics?

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