ABC Mis-Reports Debate Results

Interesting bit I came across regarding the republican debate results…

I’m sorry to see that ABC News is continuing to abuse the American electorate by not reporting the results of its own poll about who won the ABC Republican debate yesterday morning.

The results of the poll had Ron Paul leading with 18,284 votes, followed by Mitt Romney with 2881, Rudolf Giuliani with 2462, and Mike Huckabee with 1902 (with two “Nobody – I’m waiting for Thompson or Gingrich, or, I’m voting Democratic” in between).

And yet, in ABC’s 8-minute “Green Room” analysis after the debate, no mention was made of Ron Paul, even though the moderator specifically mentioned Huckabee coming in 4th in the poll.

What, exactly, is ABC’s problem? If they think Ron Paul’s supporters are “gaming” the Internet poll, why don’t they fix it? Or don’t conduct a poll if you lack such confidence in its results that you do not report its results accurately.

This is not first time ABC has acted against the interests of our democracy in the aftermath of its polls. In May, ABC removed comments from Ron Paul’s supporters in a discussion of a poll back then in which Ron Paul scored more than 9000 of 11,000 votes.

As I made clear in my letter to ABC about this in May (see below), I’m not even necessarily a Ron Paul supporter (the last and only time I voted for any Republican was for John Lindsay for Mayor of New York City in 1969). But this mistreatment of Ron Paul’s candidacy and therefore the American people has got to stop.

As a way of trying to get word out about what ABC News is doing, I’ll be adding a section about this in my “Intro to Communication and Media Studies” class that I’ll be teaching at Fordham University this Fall. My 120 students, and all the American people, need to know about this.

Paul Levinson, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication and Media Studies
Fordham University
New York City


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