Former NPR CEO opens up about liberal media bias

Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now-dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio. When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be.

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The Big Miss

First came the shock. Then came the awe. With half the campaign money of Hillary Clinton, President-elect Donald Trump defied Democrats, his own party, the media– and nearly every prediction.

We’re calling it “The Big Miss.”

If the media mis-read America.. there’s a reason for the disconnect.

In the first post election poll, Full Measure and Rasmussen Reports asked: How much do you trust the media coverage this election cycle?


2016 Elections – What Do The Polls Tell Us?

Wed Oct 5, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Register now for an insightful presentation by Charles Franklin, nationally renowned political pollster from Marquette University. The event will be held at the Oak Creek City Hall, 8040 S. 6th Street, Oak Creek.

Where will the Presidential and U.S. Senate races stand as we enter the last month before the elections? Are the images of the candidates changing in response to campaign events and speeches? Charles Franklin, professor of law and public policy and director of the Marquette Law School Poll, will look at how clearly voters understand the candidates’ positions on issues such as immigration and the economy? And how do voters feel about their personal situation and the outlook for the next generation?

Networking will take place from 5:30-7:00 p.m. with light refreshments. Register on-line on the Events page at Any member of a local Chamber is invited to register at the member fee of $12. The non-member fee is $15. Registration deadline is September 30.

How Carter Beat Reagan in 1980

Washington Post admits polling was “in-kind contribution”; New York Times agenda polling.

–SNIP– That’s right. Jimmy Carter beat Ronald Reagan in 1980.

In a series of nine stories in 1980 on “Crucial States” — battleground states as they are known today — the New York Times repeatedly told readers then-President Carter was in a close and decidedly winnable race with the former California governor. And used polling data from the New York Times/CBS polls to back up its stories.

Four years later, it was the Washington Post that played the polling game — and when called out by Reagan campaign manager Ed Rollins a famous Post executive called his paper’s polling an “in-kind contribution to the Mondale campaign.” Mondale, of course, being then-President Reagan’s 1984 opponent and Carter’s vice president.

Read more by Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator

Polling mania: Why are many pundits still convinced that Trump can’t win?

The presidential race is tightening, according to the polls that journalists swear by.

But much of the coverage still portrays Donald Trump as a long shot and Hillary Clinton as a virtual shoo-in.

What’s up with that?

A giant caveat: those of us in the news business are way too addicted to polls. We treat every 2-point, margin-of-error swing in a swing state as a tremor, if not an earthquake. It’s early September, we haven’t had the debates yet, and too many of us are impersonating Karnak the Magnificent.

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