August 1, 2004
Baby Bounce Nonsense
Billbinford left a comment on the Newsweek poll showing Kerry's "baby bounce" after his speech. Thanks for calling my attention to this, Bill. I thought Newsweek deserves to be hung dry in a separate entry.
The article says [emphasis mine]:
Do you see what's happening here? The poll was taken the nights before and after the speech. How can a combined pre-speech and post-speech poll reflect an accurate bounce? Their wacky methodology diluted Kerry's ten-point lead post-speech which was the only figure that mattered. On top of that, they get the night of the speech wrong [Friday instead of Thursday night]. Does Newsweek even edit reports before they are published?
Of course the Sunday morning talking heads and the rest of the media who only care for sound bites will not challenge it. They will latch on to this "baby bounce" nonsense and quote it endlessly, no matter how misleading it is.
This is why the news media nowadays generally disgusts me. It's deteriorated into nothing more than an echo chamber, purveyor of inaccuracies, scandal rag, publicity machine or all of the above.
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