Diary

Media Manipulation: Leading you to Rick Perry???

Top Story at the Drudge Report currently has a picture of Mitt Romney and a picture of Rick Perry (Perry is nodding and pointing toward Mitt), with the headline COMIN’ ON STRONG,  linking to an article from CNN’s Political Ticker which offers “proof” that Perry sits atop the GOP polls.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/29/new-cnn-poll-perry-sits-atop-gop-field/

Here are the first two paragraphs (bold is my highlighting)

“A new national survey is further proof that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entrance earlier this month into the race for the White House has dramatically altered the battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll of Republicans and independent voters who lean towards the GOP, Perry now sits atop the list of Republican presidential candidates, with strong support from most demographic groups.

The “proof” comes from this new poll:

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/08/29/130.poll.pdf

The conclusions that CNN comes too are illogical based on this poll.  First of all CNN claims that it is a “national survey”, but a look at the demographics of the poll show that only southerners were asked. Categories Northeast, Mid-west, and West all show N/A.

They also claim Perry’s support is strong from “most demographics”. Well, a further look at the stats show that this poll is also selective in age groups, living preferences, and race.

Age groups 18-34 and 35-49 show N/A

Living preferences Urban and Rural show N/A (Suburban is only category polled)

Race Non-White shows N/A

A more accurate analysis would be that Perry is the favorite for old, white and suburban southerners. This is certainly an important vote, but it would be illogical for anyone to make the claims made based on this poll. I don’t know why CNN would be anxious to help Rick Perry, but they clearly manipulated the analysis of this poll to favor Perry. The perception displayed by CNN (and Drudge) overstate Perry’s support based on the data given.

Behavior like this is expected from CNN, but disappointing coming from Drudge.