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November 05, 2012


if all it takes is loud and annoying to make editors and news directors do what you want them to do why hasn't Matt Lauer been fired and forced to stand in Times Square covered in bees?

I am interested in your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

I'll support that Matt Lauer-bee thing. It might be just what's needed to combat Colony Collapse Disorder.

Couldn't hurt to try, anyway.

And what if the Martian and Venutian segment of the poll were cut by 5 ? Inquiring minds want to know!

Seriously though, I don't have trouble that the constraints of the poll were questioned. In any political poll there is a question of what is truly a representative sample (as measured against those that actually go out and vote).

My problem is with the venue. By putting this in the popular press and making it a cute-sy item taken totally out of context of other polls, it furthers the idea that a poll isn't something to learn from but rather something to be manipulated to support your "facts." And as some voters will vote based on the desire to be on the winning team, can also be a way of cynically manipulating voters.

In short, furthering the idea that you can have your own facts. Furthering the idea that statistics are something to be manipulated rather than a way of determining.

AAAARGH! Just say Tommy's freeper post and one links to unskewedpolls.com. I just had to look. It looks like reams of polls that have been "unskewed" to make the repubs win.

What's wrong with a little unscrewing of your own polls? I mean if people yell at you and call you names, whatcha gonna do? Pardon me, that would be unskew.

If, as an exercise, you assumed that Obama was not in the race, you'd have Romney at +100.

Even if We The People finally conquer the Terror Terror Terror Fear Fear Fear the Right has been throwing at us for all these years, I suspect the Vichy Media never will.

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