The company that calls itself “the most trusted name in news” was just caught in a misrepresentation. After the Presidential debate, CNN announced,
“Two-thirds of people who watched the first presidential debate think that Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the showdown, according to a nationwide poll conducted Wednesday night.”
But there was a problem. The only statistically significant numbers of people polled came from white Southerners over the age of 49.
“The survey (link to PDF of survey), conducted for CNN by ORC International , a polling company, solicited the opinions of 430 adult respondents, whose political party affiliations were roughly representative of the national average, with 33% of respondents identifying as Republicans, 37% as Democrats, and 29% as Independents.
But the regional and ethnic makeup of respondents was skewed almost to the point of statistical impossibility.
The ORC International study states that no statistically significant numbers of respondents were polled from the U.S. Northeast, Midwest, or West. The ORC survey polled only statistically significant numbers of respondents from the U.S. South.”
According to this article, the poll also was also missing the voice of non-white minorities. This incident serves as a reminder that mainstream media is brought to you by corporate sponsors. Major news organizations are owned by the richest of the rich. The myth that the media is liberal would be ridiculous to any who consider the nature of the beast.