The Jury Talks Back

6/29/2010

Integrity Matters

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 9:26 pm

And much as I disagree with him, “kos” has it.  For the last year and a half, the Daily Kos has been running polls of local contests.  Many times their results have seemed skewed to the left, but I’d always assumed it was the question wording or likely-voter assumptions.

Not so.  It turns out that the polling firm (R2000) was faking their data and defrauding the Daily Kos, telling them what they wanted to hear.  Some lefty statisticians finally got suspicious, took a good look at the numbers and pretty much proved that the data was cooked.   They brought the info to Markos, and he outed them big time.  Takes real integrity to admit you’ve been had.  Bravo.

5 Comments »

  1. Research 2000 deserved the takedown. Daily Kos did the right thing in screaming about it.

    The outing was a tad self-righteous and politically tribal (unsurprising on any political blog) but he said clearly that they got scammed, and that they’d been relying on bunk for a long time. Good on them.

    I found the explanation of why R2000 had quite likely fabricated their results to be compelling. This is the second pollster to go down hard; Nate Silver took a different one down before.

    Kudos to Professor Weissman; sounds like he grabbed this with both hands when he scented fraud.

    –JRM

    Comment by JRM — 7/1/2010 @ 1:22 pm

  2. DailyKos is a site that Keith Olberman will not post on anymore? Integrity?

    Comment by nk — 7/5/2010 @ 3:05 am

  3. if they really had integrity, they would admit the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of their political beliefs, as well as the demonstrated incompetence of their child-g*d they w*rked so hard to elect….

    scumbags to the end, integrity is something they couldn’t find in a dictionary, let alone in their actions.

    Comment by redc1c4 — 7/6/2010 @ 9:01 pm

  4. As it turns out, such frauds are widespread as far as politics is concerned. The love for power is overwhelming and many companies providing this or that kind of service.

    Comment by Hannah @ Israel — 7/8/2010 @ 5:19 am

  5. The outing was a tad self-righteous and politically tribal (unsurprising on any political blog) but he said clearly that they got scammed, and that they’d been relying on bunk for a long time. Good on them.

    That about sums it up. It’s pretty unbecoming that they are congratulating themselves for falling for lies that were out of step, but at least they came forward.

    I get the impression they had no choice, though, as the people who proved the fraud were not Kos and probably would have spilled the beans anyway.

    Fact is, this entire episode shows Kos is guilty of the bias issues he routinely smears others with on weaker grounds.

    Comment by Dustin — 7/19/2010 @ 3:48 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment

Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.

Live Preview


Powered by WordPress.