Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fox News issues memo telling Sean Hannity and other hosts to stop using online polls to suggest that Donald Trump won the debate.

Courtesy of Business Insider: 

Dana Blanton, the vice president of public-opinion research at Fox News, explained in the memo obtained by Business Insider that "online 'polls' like the one on Drudge, Time, etc. where people can opt-in or self-select … are really just for fun." 

"As most of the publications themselves clearly state, the sample obviously can't be representative of the electorate because they only reflect the views of those Internet users who have chosen to participate," Blanton wrote. 

As the Fox News executive pointed out, users who participate in such polls must have internet access, be online at the time of the poll, be fans of the website in question, and self-select to participate. 

"Another problem — we know some campaigns/groups of supporters encourage people to vote in online polls and flood the results," she wrote. "These quickie click items do not meet our editorial standards." 

At least three Fox News hosts cited unscientific online polls in the hours after Monday night's presidential debate to suggest Donald Trump emerged as the winner of the political showdown.

I guess after the departure of Roger Ailes, Fox is starting to give a shit about those pesky facts.

After all they certainly did not have any problem reporting on those Unskewed polls back in 2012 which kept showing Mitt Romney trouncing President Obama.

I don't think that this means that they will necessarily start actually  practicing journalism, but clearly the new folks in charge are tired of constantly being mocked by other news outlets and late night comedy shows.

We will watch and see if this is the beginning of a new direction, or if it is just a one off for this election cycle.


  1. Anonymous2:48 PM

    New Poll EMBARRASSES The Hell Out Of Trump –

  2. Anonymous2:50 PM

    Hillary Clinton Won The First Presidential Debate, Polling Finds

  3. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Conservative Newspaper Editorial Boards Line Up Behind Hillary Clinton

  4. Anonymous2:58 PM

    Sanders takes Clinton’s case to young voters

    1. Anonymous3:31 PM

      Ive never seen better proof Breitbart is a propaganda site than its attempt to trick its readers into believing online troll polls are real.

  5. I think that Bristol Palin totally won Monday's debate, and I voted accordingly.

    1. Anonymous3:14 PM

      Way to go, mom!

  6. Anonymous3:30 PM

    Shawn hammity is a dildo!!!!!!!

    1. Anonymous3:54 PM

      That's an insult to sex toys.

    2. Anonymous3:59 PM

      Hey, dildo's serve a purpose! Hannity not so much!

    3. Anonymous4:37 PM


  7. Randall3:37 PM

    If you don't allow Hannity and his Fox News ilk to use skewed polls, slanted data and biased half-truths - you're pretty much tying their hands.

    1. Anonymous3:58 PM

      I thought this day would never happen.

  8. Anonymous3:53 PM

    Trump is not photographing well at all since the debate...heavy face, grumpy look, no expression except for sourness and bitterness!

    He knows the majority of Americans have found out about him, due to the debate, and that we all learned he is NOT the man he 'tries' to project!

    He's a liar, fraud and worst of all a bully that can't keep his mouth shut from allowing nastiness to erode!

    Plus, we now know he is truly ill equipped to be POTUS! Plus, he talks big but couldn't stand up to a woman - face-to-face - at the podium - by the name of Hillary Clinton.

    Vote Hillary Clinton. She truly is the SANE candidate and our very best choice to become POTUS in January, 2017!

  9. Anonymous3:58 PM

    Notice Faux has resisted having Trumps idiot half sister Palin on to give her opinion..

    1. Anonymous4:22 PM

      No sign of Sarah Palin anywhere. Someone else can handle her Facebook. They are using posts at Bristol to make it appear she is still around.

      When was she last on the tv? With a game and Alec Baldwin. They had to drag that old thing back. As if Sarah can still function.

    2. Anonymous4:24 PM

      I am almost positive that TIIC told her AND mini-me to STFU through this. Why else would they go silent? Media/internet would double down on the ridicule, albeit well deserved.

  10. Anonymous4:33 PM

    With how he has been dissed in the media after debate one, his comment on coming out stronger second time...well DUH, Dumb Donald! Does he think Team Hillary is scared of him? They know it and will plan accordingly!

    And STILL people will vote for him en masse.
    Never underestimate stupidity.

  11. Anonymous4:34 PM

    This is Bristol's lucky day. She doesn't have to dress up and do that sex thing he wants everyday. Or make up another excuse. He is with Marines at Camp Pendleton.

    "It's not too early to add this to my Christmas list, is it?"

  12. Anonymous1:14 AM

    "There were early efforts to run a more standard form of general election debate-prep camp, led by Roger Ailes, the ousted Fox News chief, at Mr. Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, N.J. But Mr. Trump found it hard to focus during those meetings, according to multiple people briefed on the process who requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. That left Mr. Ailes, who at the time was deeply distracted by his removal from Fox and the news media reports surrounding it, discussing his own problems as well as recounting political war stories, according to two people present for the sessions."


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