The Fix is In – Media to under report Romney election night results by elmininating exit polls in select states
Exit polls. If I read a news story that the media decided to do away with exit polling I don’t think I would really mind. Like everything else, they tend to over sample democrats. But this, this is a scandal.
The media is going to focus it’s efforts on important states this year. No need to cover all 50 states. So they have decided to not do exit polling in 19 states. OK, looking at an electoral map there are at least 19 states where the election holds no drama. Want to guess which ones they picked? New York? California? Nope.
So just which states are being ignored? Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The Washington Post tried to gloss over the scheme, noting “how carefully the exit poll planners allocated resources. All 19 of the states with no exit polls are classified as either “solid Obama” or “solid Romney.”
Really? Of the nineteen states (including Washington, D.C.) exactly 4 are for Obama, with a total of 14 electoral votes. The fifteen Romney states add up to 135.
The real reason the consortium has cut these states is that they know that if they report fifteen states coming in for Romney early, independent voters in other states will take notice and be swayed his way.
There is no way that the networks and AP can rationalize their decision without damning themselves with their obvious partisanship. In 2008, the major media outlets were in the tank and lined up for Obama, but it was done under the radar. Now it’s all-encompassing.
The media is treating the election for President of the United States like an election in a banana republic. This is shameful. After last nights awful debate performance by “The One”, it is only going to get worse as they try to rescue him.