Media Mashup: December 2, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 6.12.06 AMImmigration And Gumballs

A numbers guy provides the best explanation of immigration policy by using gumballs to demonstrate the misinformation about the policies of the United States. H/t to my wife Elizabeth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPjzfGChGlE

A Fish Story

James Taranto of  The Wall Street provides an excellent analysis of President Obama’s speech at the climate change conference in Paris in which our fearless leader talks about fish on Miami streets and terrorism and climate change.

“You go down to Miami and when it’s flooding at high tide on a sunny day, the fish are swimming through the middle of the streets,” President Obama claimed at a press conference this morning. We go down to Miami with some frequency and have never seen any such thing. And believe us, we know how to troll.The fish story is not the only bizarre assertion to come from the president during the “climate change” conference in Paris. Yesterday he opened a speech at the gathering by suggesting the powwow itself was a way of fighting terrorism

For more, see http://www.wsj.com/articles/climate-change-fish-story-1448997737

Americans Like ISIS

thehill.com reports that academic experts fear that American support for radical Islamism has reached unprecedented levels.

George Washington University’s program on extremism found that the types of Americans drawn to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria vary widely regarding race, age, education and family background. They are largely united by their use of social media, a key recruitment tool of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/261597-unprecedented-support-for-isis-in-us-analysis-claims

Health Nuts

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 11% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Obamacare should be left as it is. Thirty-seven percent (37%) think Congress and the president should repeal the law and start over again. Nearly half (49%) of voters say they should go through the law piece-by-piece to improve it.

Voters have a mostly negative view of te law: 45% view it favorably while 51% share an unfavorable opinion of it. This includes 18% with a Very Favorable view and twice as many (36%) with a Very Unfavorable one.

Most voters have held an unfavorable opinion of the law in regular surveying since its passage by Congress in March 2010. Nineteen percent (19%) say they have personally been helped by passage of the health care law. Thirty-two percent (32%), however, say they have been hurt by it.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu.

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