ANOTHER NYT SCANDAL?
Dick Morris has a new book coming out that accuses the paper of deliberatly slanting its polling data in favor of Democrats. TimothyÃ‚ Noah does a pretty good job of refuting these charges. Interestingly, he concludes with a mini-scandal of his own:
By no means does Chatterbox intend to exonerate the Times from now and then running vaguely dishonest poll stories that put relatively unimportant information at the top because it’s what the editors want to hear, and more important information way down in the 27th paragraph because it’s not what the editors want to hear. Various people, including Morris, fault the Times for doing this. The Times does do it, and it’s annoying. But altering the data itself would be much worse than annoying. It would be a scandal. That’s why Chatterbox has taken up this much space to refute what he considers to be a pretty careless smear on Morris’ part.
It is by no means clear why deliberatly misreporting the results of a poll is any less scandalous than deliberatly fudging the polling methodology. I also find it especially amusing that this appears near the bottom of a very long piece on how the NYT doesn’t slant its polls. Hmm.