Saturday, August 09, 2008

Accuracy of Time Magazine's "Antichrist" Article?

Time Magazine has a new article entitled "An Antichrist Obama in McCain Ad?", where they speculate that McCain's recent commercial "The One" is an attempt by the GOP to scare evangelicals into voting against Obama.

Here is a quote from the article that does not appear to be accurate:

A Google search for "Obama" and "Antichrist" turns up more than 700,000 hits, including at least one blog dedicated solely to the topic. A more obscure search for "Obama" and "Nicolae Carpathia" yields a surprising 200,000 references.

Okay, let's find out if that is true. First, let's search for "Obama" and "Antichrist" and see if we get more than 700,000 hits.

Yup, good so far. 700k plus. Now, how about "Obama" and "Nicolae Carpathia". According to Time, this should produce 200,000 hits:

No where near 200,000. There are only 3670 hits, and that's without quotes. Time Mag is off by 196,000, or 98%. Maybe it's Google's "safe search" protecting us from all those fundamentalist sites, let's try this with safe search off:

We picked up another 10 sites, still not within spitting distance of 200k. Maybe no one knows how to spell "Nicolae", let's cut that from the search.

Still only 10,300 hits.

Either a large number of links have just disappeared, or Time Mag needs to check their facts better. But hey, who wants to let facts get in the way of a good story?

For the record, Obama is NOT the Antichrist. The real AC will be much more impressive, and will fool more than 45% of us.

1 comment:

SLW said...

How right you are!!! A lot more than 45%!