Sometimes I wonder what members of the liberal media use to get through the day in place of their self-respect. We're running out of words to describe the new lows to which they've sunk, but Mark Steyn nailed it yesterday:
. . . their determination to sacrifice what’s left of their product to the needs of the Democratic party is truly spectacular.See also the eloquent Pat Caddell, who likens ye olde MSM to Pravda:
Then there's the Washington Post-ABC News poll that made headlines yesterday. It was conveniently demoralizing to Romney supporters but fell to pieces when the source of the "11 point lead" was revealed. What Jon Cohen and Dan Balz reported:
Erick Erickson:But 52 percent of likely voters across swing states side with Obama and 41 percent with Romney in the new national poll, paralleling Obama’s advantages in recent Washington Post polls in Florida, Ohio and Virginia.
The paragraph on swing states consumed conversations online and offline yesterday. The paragraph was intentional — it highlighted that nationally the race is close, but emphasized the irrelevance of national polling when the focus should be on swing states, which will decide the election. In the Washington Post’s view, the race isn’t really close at all in the swing states.My emphasis above. Hat tip to DaTechGuy, who is apoplectic before he even gets out of bed in the morning, and who can blame him?
But Jon Cohen is largely full of it and I think it is a fair and accurate statement to say he and Dan Balz’s write up is an act of media malpractice. Why?
Because Jon Cohen had to reveal exactly how they came up with their swing state data and it is an embarrassing display of peddling bullcrap.
In short, the Washington Post conducted a national poll and discovered that 161 of those surveyed lived in swing states. Charitably — and Cohen does not break it down — that would work out to 20 voters polled in each of 8 swing states. TWENTY!!!
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