Skip to comments.Bill Kristol Exposes NYT Arkansas Senate Poll Results as 'Bogus'
Posted on 04/23/2014 9:50:44 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
Well, that was fast.
When your humble correspondent first read the New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll this morning showing incumbent Mark Pryor suddenly surging into a ten point lead over challenger Tom Cotton in the Arkansas Senate race, my suspicious antenna immediately sensed something was wrong with the way the poll was conducted. However, I figured the Times wouldn't be so unsubtle as to make it easy to detect how erroneous the results were and that only polling experts would be able to dig through the reams of stats in order to point out the errors. I was wrong. Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard quickly and easily found out just how ridiculously wrong the poll was and proclaimed, Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus. First let us read the Times triumphantly proclaiming the big Pryor lead:
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The results may be fraudulent.. but keep your eyes open Freepers.
Even if the results were true.. Bill Kristol is schilling for his GOP-E friend Tom Cotton.
Cotton is no friend of Conservatives. But he’s better than Pryor.
The poll may reflect votes the Demonrats intend to steal.
I read it this morning, wrote it off to BS immediately, and went on to read postings more worthy of my limited time. I generally don’t read NYT as they have pretty much shot their credibility to nil.
That is what I was thinking, too.
they get all cute with their polls because it covers up the shock factor of their election stealing.
imdeed, imagine that. A GOPe encouraging Illegals to hack find themselves hacked by the Democrat hack culture.
You may be right about Cotton, but Kristol was also an early fan of Palins ..so just because he likes someone, doesn’t NECESSARILY mean they are estab.
And again, the story here is the NYT poll, period.
poll bogus ping!
The New YOrk Times ,
CREATING news, rather than REPORTING news !!
Whoda thunk ? /sarc
Bottom line, we need a majority...this obama crap has got to stop.
What’s objectionable about Cotton? I will admit his popularity with neocons is a cause for concern.
He’s in my area. He’s immeasurably better than Pryor. Can’t believe anyone who is opposed to the dem agenda wouldn’t crawl through glass to vote for him over Pryor.
It doesn’t matter that it is easily disproven on closer inspection. NYT knows that the low information voter will take it as-is.
Bias doesn’t need to be hidden anymore. Didn’t you get the memo?
Objective journalism is dead.
The usual suspects will regurgitate this in the media echo chamber and it will become “fact” whether true or not.
The dirty secret of polls is that the purchaser can commission [buy for those in Rio Linda] the results they desire.
Want a poll FOR something or someone? No problem.
Want a poll AGAINST something or someone? No problem.
Polling companies know how to word poll questions to get a desired result.
Media has used commissioned polls for decades to drive headlines in a specific direction.
Conclusion: Polls are useless propaganda.
A democrat won’t win another statewide election in Arkansas. I know that was bogus.
My understanding is that recently Tom Cotton spoke in a GOP e meeting with Boehner,Cantor et al and told them they need to forget about amnesty. So I’m not convinced either that he leans RINO.
Harry Reid’s Super Pac donors
Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic money group run by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), raked in more than $11 million in the first three months of 2014, and has almost $20 million cash-on-hand with which to buy our democracy.
More than half of the groups first-quarter haul came from two individuals: a corporate chairman and a hedge fund manager. The rest came from a predictable assortment of unions, lobbyists, investment managers, trial lawyers, a retiring senator who inherited billions, the wife of a corporate jet manufacturer, and the activist heir to a medical supply empire.
Fred Eychaner ($4,000,000)
Eychaner is president and CEO of Newsweb Corporation, a Chicago-based printing and media conglomerate. He has donated millions to Democratic candidates, committees, and left-wing Super PACs since 1997, and bundled more than $500,000 in donations for President Obamas reelection campaign. According to visitor logs, Eychaner has met with Obama at the White House on numerous occasions. The Chicago Tribune estimated that Eychaners net worth was about $500 million (in 2005).
James Simons ($2,000,000)
Simons is the founder and former CEO of Renaissance Technologies, a New York hedge fund with some $15 billion under management. He has also given millions to Democrats and pro-Democratic Super PACs over the years. He is worth more than $12 billion, according to Forbes. A prominent contributor to the Priorities USA, the pro-Obama Super Pac, Simons once hosted a fundraiser for the group at his home near Charlotte, N.C.
Working for Working Americans ($1,000,000)
A Super PAC representing building trade unions.
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada and Australia ($500,000)
Campaign Advocacy Fund ($400,000)
A group (or PAC?) so secretive there doesnt appear to be any record of its existence on the Internet.
Jon Stryker ($250,000)
Stryker is a billionaire investor and heir to the medical supply empire (the Stryker Corporation) founded by his grandfather. In 2012, he donated $2 million to the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA. Ironically, that same year the Stryker Corporation laid off five percent of its global workforce (1,170 employees) in anticipation of higher healthcare costs under Obamacare. Stykers sister, Pat, is a prominent member of Democracy Alliance, the secretive left-wing cabal of wealthy activists. He just sold his Manhattan penthouse for $42 million.
James Attwood, Jr. ($250,000)
Attwood is a managing director at the Carlyle Group, where he oversees billions worth of investments. Before that, he served as a senior strategic adviser for Verizon, and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
Senate John D. Rockefeller, IV ($250,000)
Rockefeller is the great-grandson of legendary oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, and with more than $80 million in assets, he is one of the richest members of Congress. His retirement has given Republicans a golden pick-up opportunity in West Virginia, but the $250,000 check is the least he could do.
Anne Bass ($250,000)
Not making this up, but Basss husband, Robert Bass, is the billionaire chairman of the Aerion Corporation, a firm that manufactures supersonic corporate jets and is headquartered in Harry Reids home state of Nevada.
One of the most politically active groups in the country, the AFL-CIO has already donated more than $5.2 million to Democratic candidates and groups this cycle.
United Auto Workers Education Fund ($250,000)
From the union the brought you Detroit.
American Federation of Teachers ($250,000)
Engineers Political Action Committee ($200,000)
American Association for Justice PAC ($200,000)
The political arm of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, which represents one of the Democratic Partys largest and most loyal donor blocs.
Phyllis Frias ($195,000)
Frias is the widow of Charles Frias, a Las Vegas taxicab magnate. She created a luxury bed and breakfastA Cowboys Dreamin his honor. The Friases were generous donors to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who praised them on the Senate floor in 2009.
Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education ($100,000)
Dont let the innocuous sounding name fool you, DRIVE is the political arm of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Searchlight Leadership Fund ($100,000)
Founded by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 1997, the PAC is named for Reids hometown of Searchlight, Nevada.
Cary Patterson ($100,000)
Patterson is a Texas trial lawyer who struck it big after winning a $45.5 million settlement against Chevron in 2009. He bundled more than $500,000 in donations for President Obamas reelection campaign in 2012.
Patriot Majority USA ($50,291)
This union-funded 501(c)(4) group was founded by Democratic strategist Craig Varoga in 2005.
Jimmy Ryan, Elmendorf | Ryan ($35,000)
Before joining the D.C.-based lobbying firm Elmendorf Strategies (now Elmendorf | Ryan) in 2009, Ryan was a senior lobbyist at Citigroup. Before that, he was a top adviser to (what are the chances?) Harry Reid.
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Joshua Brand ($250)
Brand is a writer and producer of The Americans, a popular FX series about KGB spies trying to undermine freedom in the United States during the Reagan administration.
Bill Ratner ($250)
If youve ever seen a movie trailer, then youve probably heard the voice of Senate Majority PAC donor Bill Ratner. Check out his website here.
Step it up, Koch brothers!
That’s your Senate Majority Leader, America.
Nowhere in any of those speeches did Reid mention his own multi-bilionaire political sugar daddy, Tom Steyer, who’s pledged $100 million help elect Democrats. Nope, only conservatives try to “buy our democracy,” or something. Meanwhile, Reid and his deep-pocketed liberal super PAC are being raked over the coals by fact-checkers for a series of lie-filled ads running against Republicans. Left-leaning Politifact rates an attack on vulnerable Sen. Mark Pryor’s opponent “false,” while the Washington Post awards Four Pinocchios to a separate spot running to help Sen, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana:
This is the third time in a month that the Fact Checker has given Four Pinocchios to an ad sponsored by Senate Majority PAC. Thats a pretty dreadful track record, and does little for the organizations credibility more than six months before the midterm elections.
Indeed. One fun fact noted by WaPo: Senate Majority PAC has been heavily funded by...”out of state billionaires.” National Journal’s Ron Fournier is disgusted with Reid, and says that the media should be ashamed of themselves if they let the Nevada Senator get away with his string of lies:
Friendly reminder: Harry Reid has received Koch cash through a lobbyist, and his second in command hauled in a direct contribution, for which he thanked the Kochs with a signed letter.
Cotton is a sure fire GOP-e.
He is an estaishment candidate if there ever was one.
He wrote letters when he was at Harvard praising Bill and hill...
He fought against Ted Cruz efforts to defund obamacare
He supported obummer going into Syria...
Indeed! Mark "Flop Sweat" Pryor said that Tom Cotton's military service ... "gave him a sense of entitlement". Here's Tom Cotton showing who he is by how he responded to the slander ...
Lots of people write things in college. Pryor still would support Clinton.
Believe ANYTHING Bill Kristol says at your peril.
Who are the Times trying to demoralize with this suspicious poll? I’m not sure there are any Cotton supporters who read the Times. However, they may watch broadcasts or cable shows on which these suspicious numbers will be repeated, I suppose.
Jon Steward will receive this poll and tell his audience, “Mark Pryor is winning, neener-neener-neee-nerrr!” And then, he’ll play clips of FOX News talking heads, carefully edited to make them sound stupid, as usual.