Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Abdul May Be Making Stuff Up Again
Thursday, conservative blogger/radio host Abdul Hakim-Shabazz was touting an award bestowed upon his blog by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Since then, he's used his blog to attack fellow conservative blogger Paul Ogden. Then, today, he's back to perhaps reporting rumors and innuendo as something resembling fact.
In a "Political Potpourri" posting yesterday, Abdul claimed that "word" was that Mayor Greg Ballard's approval ratings were up in the neighborhood of the high positive approval ratings somehow enjoyed by Governor Daniels. When I challenged him on this to name what polls rated Ballard so high and what was the methodology of those polls, Abdul responded with a snarky "no one makes you read this blog" kind of response. See the comments for the full exchange.
Having had experience of buying an Abdul whopper hook, line, and sinker in the past, I can tell you that I am now more cautious. It could be true that Ballard has good approval ratings, but I just am not getting that feeling from folks I talk to. That includes some Republicans who feel that their man is in over his head.
No one disputes that Ballard is a very nice guy, and I wouldn't mind sitting down and having a beer with him. Perhaps that's what the polls were ranking.
Let's get real for a moment. Ballard has broken several campaign promises. He's presided over a murder rate that's now on pace to break records again. He's disappeared on many major issues where his leadership would have been needed. He's also about to hand over the water company to Citizens Energy without much public input prior to the announcement of the deal. I can't imagine that with all this plus tax and fee increases, libraries closing, and a high unemployment rate that Ballard gets high marks.
So, I say to Abdul. I respect you, and I like you as a person. We have had many great conversations, and I consider you a good acquaintance. But...excuse me if I don't buy this one unless I see it.