Well, color me not surprised that a recent poll found that liberals read more than conservatives.
The AP-Ipsos poll found 22 percent of liberals and moderates said they had not read a book within the past year, compared with 34 percent of conservatives.
Among those who had read at least one book, liberals typically read nine books in the year, with half reading more than that and half less. Conservatives typically read eight, moderates five.
Considering I’ve finished sixteen books this summer and counting, and I’m a ginormous liberal, I’m pretty pleased to be pacing the herd.
But whycome the conservatives are so averse to the pleasures of the written word?
“The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: ‘No, don’t raise my taxes, no new taxes,'” Pat Schroeder, president of the American Association of Publishers, said in a recent interview. “It’s pretty hard to write a book saying, ‘No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes’ on every page.”
So true! Why bother reading about the horrors of war when you can just read the bumper sticker of the gas-guzzling SUV in front of you at the pump that says “Support the Troops.” Phew. Done. Time to watch Fox News! But Schroeder isn’t done yet:
She said liberals tend to be policy wonks who “can’t say anything in less than paragraphs. We really want the whole picture, want to peel the onion.”
But, uh oh, counterpoint:
Rove, President Bush’s departing political adviser, is known as a prodigious reader. White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Schroeder was “confusing volume with quality” with her remarks.
“Obfuscation usually requires a lot more words than if you simply focus on fundamental principles, so I’m not at all surprised by the loquaciousness of liberals,” he said.
“As head of a book publishing association, she probably shouldn’t malign any readers,” said Mary Matalin, astrategist who oversees a line of books by conservative authors, Threshold, at . Matalin said conservatives and others aren’t necessarily reading less, but are getting more information online and from magazines.
Right, information from the same sources that espouse the same like-minded (small-minded?) ethos they cling to. Not taking into account that liberals also read for pleasure, for their own betterment. Well, the ones that have the time to do so, the one’s who aren’t working two jobs to put food on the table and clothes on their kids’ backs since most of their comfortable middle-class jobs have been outsourced.
Forget Oprah, it’s time to check what the Bill O’Reilly Book Club is reading these days! Who needs all those “words” when the facts are so clear: the surge in Iraq is working, the economy is going gangbusters and America’s safer from the threat of terror than ever! Suck it, you four-eyed, book-reading liberal naysayers.
[h/t Crooks and Liars]