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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

No surprise, but the NYT says CBS News and others may "call" the election before even Central time zone polls close

This turned out not to be a problem. An election that turns out not to be close hides a great many risky early calls.

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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)

According to the NYT, CBS News is already threatening to "call the election" as soon as 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The story quotes CBS News senior vice president Paul Friedman as saying, "We can’t be in this position of hiding our heads in the sand when the story is obvious."

Friends and neighbors, that is a man who has completely trashed any notion that the press should be objective or that it should avoid trying to influence the events it purports to be reporting.

Wait for the real returns. Treat your vote as if the entire election depended on it. Don't believe anyone's projections. What seems "obvious" to Paul Friedman, CBS News, or the New York Times may turn out to be completely wrong — as was true with the projections regarding Florida in 2000 and with the early exit-poll leaks in numerous states in 2004.

— Beldar

Posted by Beldar at 05:39 AM in Mainstream Media | Permalink

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