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Right-wing media pushes phony anti-Kaepernick poll

11/16/2019 12:59 pm ET

Right wing outlet pushes phony poll on Kaepernick in the NFLRight wing outlet pushes phony poll on Kaepernick in the NFL

A right-wing media outlet, The Daily Caller, wrote a post provocatively titled, “POLL: 91% Of People Want Colin Kaepernick To Stay Out Of The NFL.”

The only problem? It was based on a Twitter poll, which is not considered a serious “poll.” Even worse, it was a twitter poll of the right-wing reporter’s own followers!

Twitter polls are when a user creates a poll and asks their followers to answer based on their opinion. These polls only indicate what a certain kind of sample thinks or believes. According to Science Friday, those who respond to Twitter polls “might not represent a typical population of people or even a typical sampling of Twitter users.”

Other problems with Twitter polls: one person can answer multiple times if they have multiple accounts. Bots can answer polls, skewing the information even further. And finally, some people don’t answer honestly. Some users might also pick the option that they think will be the most popular among that group.

The Daily Caller asserted, “This poll right here is the only thing NFL executives need to see in order to know that Kaepernick has no business playing again.”

But other professional athletes disagree. The Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady said in an interview that he thought it was “pretty cool” that Kaepernick was trying to make a comeback.

Brady said, “To have time off is a challenge, but Colin’s overcome a lot of challenges in his career, and he’s always found a way to produce. He’s very mentally tough, and I think it’s pretty cool that he’s getting that opportunity.”

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe dedicated her Glamour Woman of the Year award to Kaepernick. She described him as “someone whose courage and bravery was so bright and so bold, a person filled with conviction, unafraid of the consequences because he knew it really wasn’t about playing it safe, it was about doing what was necessary and backing down to exactly nobody.”

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