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August 12, 2004

The Malkin Media Diversity Test

What an odd test; 100 points is supposed to mean diverse? How, pray tell, is being a charicature of stereo-typical right-wing ideology supposed to make a person diverse?

Nevertheless, I'll take the test (found at Michelle Malkin), if only to spread the meme:

The test is taken by answering each question with either a 'True' or a 'False'. Each 'True' counts for 5 points and each 'False' counts for 0 (silly me, I'd have scored each 'True' a 1 and have given the quiz a total score of 20, but I suppose that would be too easy...perhaps the ability to multiply one's number of 'True' answers by 5 is the source of diversity among political thinkers?). Here are the questions along with my answers:

1. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life.
False. I have voted for Democrats before, and I seem to have a better track record for them being elected when I do vote for them than I have when I vote for Republicans. I voted for Jim Matheson, a Democrat, in an election in Utah one year, and I regretted it within just a few weeks of his winning.

2. I think my taxes are too high.
True. It's true both absolutely and also relatively - relative to the amount of taxes paid by married individuals with children. Let's just get a national sales tax going, eh? And without a single exception from the tax (i.e., food [especially food, since it is purchased by everyone] MUST be taxed as high, or higher, than anything else).

3. I supported Bill Clinton's impeachment.
False. That was a disgrace to the Republican party. And, incidentally, it's the reason why Clinton has remained so popular. Today, many Clintonites regard him as one of the very best presidents ever. But the truth is that they only regard him as such to spite the Republicans who hate him. Had that impeachment nonsense not taken place, he'd be a much less potent hero to the left.

4. I voted for President Bush in 2000.
False. I live in Utah, and in Utah the Republican/conservative candidate always gets the electoral votes. Utah was, for instance, the only State in the union in which Bill Clinton came in 3rd (behind Ross Perot) in the popular vote. Therefore my vote does not count at all in terms of actually sending electors to the ballot box. Instead, my vote counts as social commentary, and as such it went to Harry Browne to show support for the Libertarian party. I consider only a 2 party system to be good for America, by the way, and I don't want to see the Libertarians gain any ground. Instead, I want to see the other two parties fighting for the Libertarian votes by challenging themselves to live best to the Libertarian ideal that it is far more important for the individual to be able to pursue his goals without government interference than it will ever be for the government to assist anyone with anything.

5. I am a gun owner.
False. I am not a gun owner, but I may soon be. I simply have no reason to need or want a gun, but there is a bit of social commentary involved in owning one. That is, the more guns there are out there owned by private citizens, the more complicated would be the mess of making them illegal. And I want such a prospect to be complicated beyond anyone's ability to conceive of it actually being able to happen.

6. I support school voucher programs.
True. Wholly.

7. I oppose condom distribution in public schools.
True. Yes, I suppose that I do. I suspect that the increase in sexual activity which results from such a practice yeilds more preganancies than the lower amount of sexual activity which would result from not having that sort of thing forced upon the students.

8. I oppose bilingual education.
ACK!!! A poorly worded question. In private schools, I support people teaching in whatever language their customers (students) pay them to teach in. Public schools, however, I am against in every respect, bilingual, monolingual, or whatever. Decisions in public schools don't involve questions about right or wrong; by the very nature of a public school, everything about them is wrong. It's like asking which is the most moral way to murder someone. A public school, therefore, is ruled by whichever mob has the most influence. Further, the question doesn't (explicitely) differentiate between a school which is multilingual for the purpose of bringing non-English speaking students up to par so that they may study right along with native speakers, and a school which intends to treat a diversity of languages as equals. However, I suspect that the question was referring to the latter condition, and as such, and in consideration of my previous objection, my answer would be that I am against bilingual schools. True. (Another 5 points.)

9. I oppose gay marriage.
True. However, I don't think that I should get my 5 points because the truth is that I oppose all state recognized marriage, homosexual, heterosexual, or otherwise. The state should not be sponsoring or otherwise giving recognition to any such choice.

10. I want Social Security privatized.
True. Yes. Please. And soon.

11. I believe racial profiling at airports is common sense.
True. Common sense? Yes. Justified, not necessarily. But one should not be blind to empiracally verifiable realities just because it offends one's ideals.

12. I shop at Wal-Mart.
False. Oddly, I decided just last week not to shop there, given their censoring of popular media such as popular music. On the other hand, I've not yet verified that they actually do this, but I have heard from more than one source that if you purchase a CD from Walmart which should have adult themes on it, the CD will have words either bleeped out or changed or something to lower the rating to a PG level or below.

13. I enjoy talk radio.
True. Well, it's true when I bother listening, anyway, and that'd be confined to Rush Limbaugh, I'm thinking. It's not often.

14. I am annoyed when news editors substitute the phrase "undocumented person" for "illegal alien."
True. Well, it's true now that it's been pointed out to me. If I must endure subtle examples of editorial bias in "news" stories, then at least let them favor my own bias.

15. I do not believe the phrase "a chink in the armor" is offensive.
True. Um...duh. Who would? I suppose only morons like those who banned hard drives which are labeled "master" and "slave" in a certain city in California, I suppose.

16. I eat meat.

17. I believe O.J. Simpson was guilty.
False. I don't believe he was guilty. Neither do I believe that he was innocent. I simply do not know. I do not have the facts available to make such a decision. (What an odd question. What does it have to do with the others?)

18. I cheered when I learned that Saddam Hussein had been captured.
True. Well, figuratively. I didn't actually pick up any pom-poms and shout "Rah-rah-rah! Sis-boom-bah!" But I get the gist.

19. I cry when I hear "Proud to be an American" by Lee Greenwood.
False. True. To my knowledge, I have never before heard of that song, heard that song, nor heard of Lee Greenwood. Also, the odds of any song moving me to tears are pretty slim. Nevertheless, I've just googled the lyrics and I agree with the sentiment (so I've changed my answer to 'True'). It seems, though, that the actual song title is God Bless the U.S.A., though. I must admit that I share no "God" oriented inclinations with the author, and I don't agree with his line about "And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me". After all, that right is independed of governments. "The men" who fought to establish a government which would protect that right did not "give" it to me or anyone else. But that's nit-picking. Isn't it?

20. I don't believe the New York Times.
True. That is, in the absence of corroboration from other sources, I wouldn't believe a word.

So what's my score? 70 Is that good?

Posted by Jeff at August 12, 2004 04:23 AM


Heh...I scored a 70 also. But I have no idea what it means.

Posted by: Robbie at October 5, 2004 01:27 PM

This test proves you're an idiot.
You're supposed to get 5 points for every "false" answer not for every "true" answer.
Your score is 30.

Posted by: Fred at December 28, 2005 03:11 PM

Ah, another person who has trouble with simple directions, eh? With our public school system, I'm not surprised.

Posted by: Jeff at December 28, 2005 03:14 PM

I guess this just proves that diversity does not mean the same to everyone. I just took another test that asked me questions about my workplace, and if I cared what race/gender my employers were...I really don't care. That was my answer for most of it, I didn't get the results yet.

Posted by: Dawn at March 1, 2006 07:50 AM


Posted by: ANDY at June 4, 2008 02:30 AM

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