Matt Hansen’s OWH push poll

Burke’s Bulldog is a contributing writer on Leavenworth St.

MattHansen_edited-1In my political background, I’ve had to explain to people multiple times what a “push poll” is. Essentially, a voter will get a phone call from a candidate’s campaign or interest group and it will go something like this:

“How do you feel about Candidate X? Favorable or Unfavorable.”

If the voter says “favorable” the caller will then say something along these lines:

“Thank you. And if I were to tell you that Candidate X has a history of failing to pay his taxes, hates puppies, and thinks rainbows should be outlawed, would that change your favorable opinion?”

Basically, these phone calls are designed to hurt Candidate X.

Thanks to the OWH’s Matt Hansen, I can now simply carry a copy of today’s “opinion piece” with me as an example.

It was, literally, a push poll. Mr. Hansen called an ethicist at Creighton and asked which is worse, engaging in cybersex on a state computer (à la Bill Kintner) or a DUI like assistant football coach Keith Williams. Surprisingly, the ethicist correctly pointed out that while what Kintner did was bad, what Williams did – putting other people’s lives in danger – was worse.

But wait, said Hansen, what if I told you more about Kintner! He then listed eight “negatives” – at least three of which were taken out of context. He then reads a list of positive attributes of Williams.

Not surprisingly, the Creighton prof said, essentially, “Well, yes, it sounds like Kintner has a history of being a jerk and Williams is a good guy.

Which is the exact results you want from a push poll.

Mind you, this wasn’t in the opinion section. Oh no. It wasn’t even in the Midland’s section. This was on the front page of the paper above the fold.

I guess when the OWH finally just admits that they are the Democrats’ mouthpiece, Matt will have a leg up on his new career as a pollster.


  1. Frizz says:

    Quality and Balance went out the window once Uncle Warren bought the OWH. It’s become a consistently shining example of shitty, biased word-vomit. I take solace in the likelihood of this rag losing money year-in and year-out (same as all propaganda-papers).

  2. Bluejay says:

    Matt Hansen is a liberal hack indoctrinated at UNL. His hit pice on Steve King was really offensive and very misleading.

    Hansen portrayed King as some type of white supremacist and he then got two profs to agree with him by essentially saying all cultures are morally and objectively equal. He cited some Chinese Emperor who built a big ship.

    Hate to break it to you Matty, but most other countries are hell holes. No democracy, no free press, no cheap and abundant energy and no miracle drugs. China didn’t land on the moon. And only Muslims cut off heads of those they don’t like.

    Hansen is horrible and Erin Grace isn’t much better. Now that Steve Pivovar is deceased there’s hardly a reason to read the OWH. The OWH is rapidly turning into the LJS. Looking forward to Omaha mug shots.

  3. Bluejay says:

    And the worst aspect of Hansen’s writing is his appeal to authority by quoting academics as the objective holders of all truth.

    I’m waiting for puff pieces on Ingrate Jane Kleeb, the energy Luddite. Or some tirade about how “97% of all scientists believe in CAGW.”

    The CAGW scam has been wrong for at least 18 years and will still be wrong after Matty is deceased.

    Too bad the OWH doesn’t have any conservatives on staff.

    • NE Voter says:

      Hear, hear. One of the most memorable moments of law school for me was a morning, as a 2L taking RL’s Labor Law class, I was goaded by the unprepared 3Ls to volunteer in answering a thorny question, consuming a great deal of time as RL gradually, Socratically, filleted my logic (and ego) into thin slices.

      Best moment came toward the end of the exchange when the following colloquy occurred:

      RL: NE Voter, that was some particularly good bullshit; but do you mind if I give you a little piece of advice?

      NE Voter: Yes, Professor?

      RL: Always save your particularly good bullshit for the final exam. Everyday bullshit is fine for class.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Warren Buffett advised people to never buy newspapers until he bought one. This one.

    Let us not presume that Omaha World Herald became an “example of shitty, biased word-vomit” only after Warren bought it. For that gives Warren and the newspaper too much credit. Buffett bought it because it already was an example of shitty biased word-vomit. He just added more chunks.

    This is, after all, the same Buffett who disowned his own grandchild, while he was sending out Christmas cards signed by himself, his wife and his girlfriend.

    Both he and his newspaper are shitty, which means you cannot even use the thing to wrap fish. Unless you are in his Party caucus. In which case, Bon Appétit!

  5. Pete says:

    Hansen can’t help it. That sawed off ginger hates everything about State Senator Kintner and he can’t stand men who do man shit, like coaching football.

    If Williams had been pulled over in a Jetta after drinking too many fair trade, responsibly sourced IPA’s, then Hansen would be all about it. If Kintner’s masturgate scandal had a tranny on the other end of the video chat line, Hansen would be lecturing us about inclusion, tolerance, and diversity.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cry me a river. Kintner is a moralistic blowhard who’s problems are entirely his fault. Man shit for him would be a quiet resignation followed by years of private penance. Fat chance of that.

      As for another sports foray into law enforcement, what does one say? Let the criminal justice system do its work. Keith Williams started acting like a man with a public apology, but he’s not done yet. The judge – not Mike Riley – will be helping Mr. Williams learn what man shit is, which is more than a godddamn football game.

  6. The Eye Ball says:

    One, the Omaha World Herald is a Berkshire Hathaway company.
    Two, the Kintner issue will die out because no considers cybersex a crime

  7. To Gerard says:

    Question. As a scientist is there not tons of data that push-pulling your pole can make you go blind? Matt Hanson should be careful driving with such diminished vision.

  8. anon says:

    Owh has to write something, besides Buffet, and a load of big red stories, emo Conor Oberst is just good for a monthly story

  9. Student of Little Bobby says:

    *** ATTENTION, Little Bobby Krist ***

    You don’t need the number to God.

    You need the number to a real barber who can fix that Alfalfa haircut you’ve sported since age 10.

  10. Ricky says:

    Where would people in Omaha be without the local paper? Who would keep tabs on government and local news and the essential things people need to know about society?
    And some people think it’s a mouth piece for the liberals? They endorsed the awful Mean Jean for mayor for chrisake.
    I love the OWH and read it everyday.

    • Anonymous says:

      I appreciate this – “keep tabs on government and local news” – more than the full-page ads touting Warren. The obeisance to NU football is also BS but can’t be helped given Nebraska’s distorted values.

      The OWH will live till it dies. The balance between useful content and advertising gets more tedious daily. The end will come when its all NFM adverts, football homage, and pictures of Warren.

  11. Bluejay says:

    LJS, “The environmental group Bold Nebraska submitted a similar list of its own with 2,042 names.”

    That’s it? Two thousand Green Luddite loons? And Bold Nebraska is considered a political force in this state? Pathetic.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Gerard, Tony Weenie resigned. He also put online a photo of his crotch. And one wonders if professors too never use univ computers to check their own Email, for themselves. So its crappy stuff and I don’t know Kintner and don’t care about him at all. But Bill Clinton had real sex while making troop movements, and just refused to go, was impeached and toughed it out. And Hillary had the State Dept secrets moved to her home so she could real TS on the crapper.

    — The question here is as always IMPEACHMENT. Who does it to whom. And under what condition. For quitting is irrelevant. The only power is impeachment. And its hamstrung in a unicameral.

    Only the Legislature can impeach anyone, governors, senators, justices but for the Chief J. But there is no second house in NE keeping an in-branch eye on the one house, so it becomes a selfish thing for a Unicameral to hesitate more than usual to impeach its own. Like the man said, Eliz 1 hesitating to kill Mary Scots. These empowered demigods of the Unicameral have a personality cult rather than a balanced legislature and so they live on pretense more than any normal bicameral does. Kintners will come and go. The Unicameral remains a one legged crippled institution.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Do YOU not get it? Legs once amputated indeed don’t grow back. So what are you going to do about it? Hop?

    Your state lawmaking is hopping around on one leg and your response is to give up. You may fashion a new leg, transplant or prosthesis, or else hop around like an idiot. The hopping around isn’t a set of choices. A new leg is.

    Your “there is no political support” begs the question, where do you think political support or political ideas comes from? If everyone was like you, we’d still have slavery and be using quill pens.

    • Anonymous says:

      Knock yourself out. Show me the masses of people crying out for a Nebraska state House of Representatives. Where? Where are they? Nowhere. Just you and the crickets. So, once again, WHERE IS THE POLITICAL SUPPORT for a bicameral legislature? Show us something besides a lone assertion?

      It’s the same place as Trump lost his keys – his rectum. You and your flashlight have fun in the cave.

    • Ed Stevens says:

      To beg the question does not mean “to raise the question.” This is a common error of usage made by those who mistake the word “question” in the phrase to refer to a literal question. Sadly, the error has grown more and more common with time, such that even journalists, advertisers, and major mass media entities have fallen prey to “BTQ Abuse.”

      “Begging the question” is a form of logical fallacy in which a statement or claim is assumed to be true without evidence other than the statement or claim itself. When one begs the question, the initial assumption of a statement is treated as already proven without any logic to show why the statement is true in the first place.

      A simple example would be “Obama is always right because he said so in his latest speech.” The proof is merely a restatement of the premise. The sentence has begged the question.

      Every so often I re-post this reminder- just to remind all the teachers, philosophers, and feather merchants that hang out here that words really do have (correct) meanings.

      Help stamp out BTQ Abuse!!

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