While the clock ticked

A CNN poll: “A majority (56%) says the President and his campaign have not been exonerated of collusion.” Hmmm, that seems very odd; what’s up with that?

Try this for starters from the polling firm: “A total of 701 adults were interviewed online. William Barr summarized the findings of the Mueller report in a four-page letter to Congress. How much have you, personally, heard or read about the report? Only a little / Nothing at all – 44%.”

So (a) almost half those polled knew next to nothing about the Mueller report, despite the 2 years of its preparation and the $35MM spent. Okay then, and further (b) the poll is 701 adults, and over 50% of voting age adults don’t vote. So the poll is meaningless.

But why? Let’s first ask Alan Dershowitz:

“I was banned from CNN. I received off-the-record information that an order had come from the very top: CNN executive Jeff Zucker didn’t want me on CNN any more. My centrist, nuanced perspective was anathema to CNN’s emerging brand as the anti-Trump network. the bottom line grew bigger when CNN began to be seen as the anti-Trump network. The brass didn’t want their viewers’ minds to be confused by the law or the facts. Trump was guilty; that’s all they needed to know.”

Let’s also get a comment from MoDo, dating back a decade:

How does Jeff Zucker keep rising and rising while the fortunes of NBC keep falling and falling? “Zucker is a case study in the most destructive media executive ever to exist,” said a honcho at another network. “You’d have to tell me who else has taken a once-great network and literally destroyed it.” Zucker’s critics are ranting that first he killed comedy, losing the NBC franchise of Thursday night “Must See TV,” where “Seinfeld,” “Friends” and “Will & Grace” once hilariously reigned; then he killed drama, failing to develop successors to the formidable “ER,” “West Wing,” and “Law & Order”; then he killed the 10 o’clock hour by putting Jay Leno on at a time when people expect to be told a story; and then he killed late night

And the killing did not stop there. Now CNN and MSNBC have seen their combined ratings total fewer viewers than their evil conservative competitor. We would not be surprised to learn that piece by the Felix Frankfurter Professor emeritus at Harvard Law School was written at the request of some senior CNN people who want Zucker fired ASAP.

One Response to “While the clock ticked”

  1. Bob Risko Says:

    A friend recently asked “whom they’re polling” in all these anti-Trump polls. As far as I know, there are three gold standards in legitimate polling: random sample selection; survey-question validity; and survey-question reliability. The logic of the first is that, if sample selection is random, there’s no systematic bias in choice. And if there’s no systematic bias in choice, then sample polling is just as good as population polling. The logic of the second, simply put, is that questions have to be honest; the logic of the third, again simply put, is that questions have to be clear. (I say “simply put” because there’s a tortuous statistics literature on validity and reliability.) I assume The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Reuters, ABC (and NBC and CBS) News, Gallup, Harris, etc., use legitimate polling methods. But I don’t KNOW this to be true.

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