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March 09, 2009

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Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters

Cell phone calls cost $3 a minute???

This preposterous assertion from UCAN San Diego should have set off skeptical alarm bells in any reputable journalist and editor. It didn't.

This bogus story has been circulated around the nation. Newspapers, TV stations and blogs mindlessly published or paraphrased an LA TIMES story (which the failing paper refuses to correct) without any effort to fact check, or even to apply the giggle test (it fails miserably).

UCAN is a far left advocacy group, masquerading as a consumer organization. They favor nationalization of the utilities, and vehemently oppose deregulation, competition and the private sector in general. The study was a classic example of junk science, or, more accurately, junk research.

UCAN's "scientific study" (87 pages, no less!) http://tinyurl.com/b563dc
surveyed their OWN membership -- a group dominated by low income senior citizens sporting tattered Che Guevara T-shirts. A third of those who responded had signed up for cell phone service and then seldom if ever used it. And this is the polling sample on which UCAN tells the nation that we are averaging $3 a minute for cell phone calls (and a ludicrous $.55 cents a minute for land line long distance, I might add).

Pathetic.

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