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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Cotton candy beginning to hit the network airwaves

If the exit polls were wrong, they weren't wrong enough to matter. I still think they're evil.

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[Copied here for archival purposes on November 5, 2008, from the post linked above at HughHewitt.com.]

(Guest Post by Bill Dyer a/k/a Beldar)

The news networks are beginning to announce and chew enthusiastically over the very first and most preliminary exit poll results, which are on things like "late deciders" or "new voters."

Because I'm a political junkie, I can't not listen to this stuff. But I can simultaneously mock and deride it.

This is me, mocking and deriding it.

Exit polling data is like cotton candy, folks โ€” mostly air, along with spun sugar and some artificial dye. It will give you a bellyache if you consume it too enthusiastically. Its only real purpose is to sell advertising for the networks until they have some actual votes to report, and it's as unreliable as a rain gauge at the bottom of the ocean.

(Did you know that rain gauges are also called "pluviometers" and "udometers"? That is, I guarantee you, more useful information than anything you're about to hear from these exit polls.)

For Pete's sake, don't cancel your own trip to the polls based on anything you hear from anyone.

โ€” Beldar

Posted by Beldar at 05:47 AM in 2008 Election, Politics (2008) | Permalink

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(1) Stan made the following comment | Nov 5, 2008 5:57:27 AM | Permalink

Exit polls aren't evil, the people who put them together and use them improperly are evil.

Beldar,

I went to bed last night with a building sense of anger. It's still there this morning. What is it going to take for conservatives to understand that they have to take active steps to attack and defeat the propagandists in the MSM? Obama could not have won without the cover provided by a corrupt news media. The news media destroyed W. They are trying to destroy Palin. They saved Clinton and now they have won an election by boycotting the truth about Obama.

Other than whining, what do conservatives plan to do about it?

We are going to have national health care because conservatives never bothered to try to get the truth to voters. Didn't even make a serious effort. We may very well have defeat snatched from the jaws of victory because conservatives never tried to get the truth out to the voters.

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