QUOTE: Category: Media, Media Monitoring
CBS New York Uses Baseless Survey to Claim Women Would Choose Bigger Boobs Over Brains
Posted by Rachel Larris | April 13, 2012
Local news channels and network affiliates can run important stories about events and information pertinent to viewers. Or, like a New York affiliate of CBS, they can run the most hackneyed, sexist drivel we've seen in a while.
Check out the "report" from CBS New York, a local affiliate. The headline "Many Women Would Trade IQ Points For Bigger Breasts" (the video, broadcast on April 9, below must be seen to be believed.)
What is the basis for the story? The report says a "leading consumer website" released a survey that found 41 percent of 18 to 25 year old women would rather have larger breasts to more intelligence.
But the website in question turns out to be the link-bait generator CouponCodes4u.com and the "survey" is an "unscientific, online survey." Meaning they could have polled four women in their building and it would have been just as accurate. But considering we can't even find the original "survey" anymore we highly doubt there were even unscientific numbers to trust.
Women's Media Center staff called CBS 2 New York and asked where the idea for the piece came from. They cited a New York Post column by Andrea Peyser, who does, at the very end of her April 9 column, talk about CouponCodes4u's survey. But Peyser doesn't even mention it's a meaningless "survey" from a completely untrustworthy website and instead uses the so-called "results" to make herself feel superior to the supposed 41 percent of women who would trade bigger breasts for brains.