Talking Points Memo Uses Corrupt Poll, Attacks Those Who Point It Out, Then Publishes Puff Piece On Obama

Leftist Media 101:

  1. Spread narratives using inaccurate information.
  2. Attack anyone who confronts it.
  3. Spread more disingenuous narratives.

The level of bias in favor of Barack Obama over at Talking Points Memo is stunning. Unfortunately, the way they craft their stories hides what’s really going on from the average reader who doesn’t have time to keep an eye on it all. In this particular instance, we caught Talking Points Memo joining vintage media outlets in trumpeting skewed polling data. The data was used as a reason that Romney is losing grip and slipping too far behind to win.

Go read our scoop on the matter and you’ll see it’s hard to dispute the case we made. Was the data of the poll TPM used skewed? Well, of course it was. But don’t just take it from us. Take it straight from the guy who actually performed the poll.

Da Tech Guy has a post up about the skewed poll data that includes an interview Hugh Hewitt did with Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Polls. Here’s the transcript.

Hugh Hewett: But I don’t know how that goes to the issue, Peter, so help me. I’m not being argumentative, I really want to know. Why would guys run a poll with nine percent more Democrats than Republicans when that percentage advantage, I mean, if you’re trying to tell people how the state is going to go, I don’t think this is particularly helpful, because you’ve oversampled Democrats, right?

Peter Brown: But we didn’t set out to oversample Democrats. We did our normal, random digit dial way of calling people. And there were, these are likely voters. They had to pass a screen. Because it’s a presidential year, it’s not a particularly heavy screen.

HH: And so if, in fact, you had gotten a hundred Democrats out of a hundred respondents that answered, would you think that poll was reliable?

PB: Probably not at 100 out of 100.

HH: Okay, so if it was 75 out of 100…

PB: Well, I mean…

HH: I mean, when does it become unreliable? You know you’ve just put your foot on the slope, so I’m going to push you down it. When does it become unreliable?

PB: Like the Supreme Court and pornography, you know it when you see it.

HH: Well, a lot of us look at a nine point advantage in Florida, and we say we know that to be the polling equivalent of pornography. Why am I wrong?

PB: Because what we found when we made the actual calls is this kind of party ID.

HH: Do you expect Democrats, this is a different question, do you, Peter Brown, expect Democrats to have a nine point registration advantage when the polls close on November 6th in Florida?

PB: Well, first, you don’t mean registration.

HH: I mean, yeah, turnout.

PB: Do I think…I think it is probably unlikely.

This is not some guy who knows someone who knows someone. This is the guy who actually performed the poll that TPM used to make their case that Romney should just pack his bags and go home. Case closed. The poll is skewed so badly that it’s completely useless.

The next day, however, TPM had a post up claiming “poll trutherism” and suggesting anyone who questions these polls are a bunch of conspiracy nuts.

I don’t remember who coined it. I didn’t. I saw someone use the phrase a few days ago. But I’m starting to think “Poll Trutherism” may become a big deal post-election. The polls can’t tell us what the outcome is going to be on November 6th. But they show pretty clearly that if the election were held today Mitt Romney would lose.

You see how that works? Even though the guy who performed the poll admitted his poll is skewed and incorrect, those of us who point it out are all wearing tin foil hats and crying conspiracy. We must be bat-crap crazy to suggest such a thing!

But good ole’ Josh Marshall couldn’t stop there. He is, after all, the editor and publisher of Talking Points Memo.

Why not go the extra mile and try to preemptively help Obama spin this terrible news? Oh wait… that’s exactly what Marshall did almost immediately after insinuating we’re  all crazy.


Leftist Media 101:

  1. Spread narratives using inaccurate information.
  2. Attack anyone who confronts it.
  3. Spread more disingenuous narratives. 

Author: Eric Odom

Eric Odom is a tea party activist and self-described libertarian-minded political analyst. Eric is the Managing Director of the Liberty News Network and works as political advisor for Patriot Super PAC. Follow Eric on Twitter @ericjodom & on Facebook @Eric Odom

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  • Norm Levesque

    This whole skewed numbers game stinks and is right out of the organizer handbook which this pres uses daily. Bull dung still is bull dung no matter how it’s wrapped, or skewed. This entire administration is rampant with spineless slugs afraid to question BO on anything. The shameful indifference to the will of the people bu favoring the pres on everything makes me sick. No need to wonder why American is a nasty word in much of the middle east?..

  • Alex

    Stage 1 : Denial.

    Sorry Contards, these Polls are accurate.

  • ConfusedAmericanCitizen

    I’m thinking that polling homes during work hours probably affects who it is that answers these surveys some. I also wonder how many people who take these are answering on their ‘obama’ phones. You know, the ones paid for by tax dollars….

  • When Romney wins in a landslide. Think we are going to see a lot of POLLING firms going out of business. There is a danger here though. The relatively ignorant voter base of Obama supporters will never believe that Obama lost fair and square. Could cause real civil unrest

  • a

    There’s no such thing as leftist media. How would tpm be able to convince so many different poll trackers to favor Obama? Conspiracy theories are for tinfoil hats, man