Pro-Blue blogger ESWN has the results of a push-poll from Apple Daily up on his blog.

[Permalink] The SOGO Case (10/03/2006) (China Post) The Presidential Office expressed satisfaction with prosecutors’ decision to drop the probe against first lady Wu Shu-chen in a case that alleged she received gift vouchers for free and could have intervened in the transfer of the ownership of Pacific Sogo Department Store. … The alleged improper receipt of free gift vouchers by President Chen Shui-bian’s wife was one of the major factors that sparked the ongoing “anti-corruption and depose-Chen” campaign in Taiwan seeking to oust the president.

What do the people think? Here is Apple Daily’s instant telephone phone poll (sample size 540; date October 2; computerized voice interviewing). In the SOGO case, Douglas Hsu will be prosecuted but the President’s wife took NT$270,000 in gift vouchers and go free. Can you accept this outcome?
- 70.7% unacceptable; 24.2% acceptable; 5.0% don’t know/no opinion.

Why is there so much incredulity?

Why is there so much incredulity? Well, because the media in Taiwan is overwhelmingly partisn and has low journalistic standards. Case in point: this poll. Roland sometimes points out push-polls, but for whatever reason missed this one. But let’s check out the question Apple Daily asked:

In the SOGO case, Douglas Hsu will be prosecuted but the President’s wife took NT$270,000 in gift vouchers and go free. Can you accept this outcome?

Note that the query is full of loaded language that elides both the truth and context — “go free,” for example, which tends to imply guilt, instead of the nuetral “unindicted.” Note also that it contrasts one indicted person with one unindicted, thereby inviting listeners to answer in a negative way. The question is pure trash. Of course, it is Apple Daily we’re talking about…..media ethics? Can’t wait to see them on the Beautiful Isle.