Fox censoring Presidential Poll Results

If you don’t already know, the Iowa Straw Poll, seen as a first test of organizational strength by news media and party insiders, took place yesterday. The results weren’t too surprising, considering that McCain, Fred Thompson, and Giuliani all boycotted the event. What was surprising, however, is that Fox News blatantly cut certain candidates out of the results they reported.

Here are the uncensored results from the Iowa Straw Poll:
1 Mitt Romney 4516 31.6%
2 Mike Huckabee 2587 18.1%
3 Sam Brownback 2192 15.3%
4 Tom Tancredo 1961 13.7%
5 Ron Paul 1305 9.1%
6 Tommy Thompson 1039 7.3%
7 Fred Thompson 203 1.4%
8 Rudy Giuliani 183 1.3%
9 Duncan Hunter 174 1.2%
10 John McCain 101 1.0%
11 John H. Cox 41 0.1%

Here are the results that Fox News reported:

Iowa Straw Poll Results
Iowa Straw Poll Results

Notice that positions four and five were completely skipped. While it’s a commonly-held opinion that Fox News seems to avoid mentioning Ron Paul, I’ve never seen an example of such blatant censorship from them before. In case you were wondering, they weren’t mentioned in the audio of the show, either. (story from


6 Responses

  1. […] Politics & Religion: Here are the uncensored results from the Iowa Straw Poll: 1 Mitt Romney 4516 31.6% 2 Mike Huckabee […]

  2. My personal opinion, I don’t see any way Fox had motivation to aggressively “censor” their information. While it is true that they didn’t post the results for the entire field, I think it is probably fair to say that the people that DID get air time are either A) the most visual candidates (for instance, nobody really knows who John Cox is outside of Illinois), or B) the most surprising (Brownback getting 3rd place over Giuliani). I don’t think this is necessarily a breach of journalistic credibility, rather a spacesaver and a shortcut to the info people are really going to be interested in.


  3. Personally I really hate politics. Lies get those elected that are elected (Who would vote for the man that told the truth?) and I detest lies. The title in the Fox graphic says, “You decide” it should say “We decide”. It’s just another lie in a game of lies.

    How would anybody know about Mr. Cox. I thought that was the purpose of the Straw Poll. Looks like manipulation of the results to me. Isn’t Fox attempting to influence the “info that people are really going to be interested in”?

  4. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Ghandi.

    I Hope he’s right!

  5. Of course, they ignore “Average Joe” Schriner as well as Ron Paul. The latter has more money and gets more media attention, but both have growing numbers of dedicated supporters.

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