Since the debate on Monday night, Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been on a mission to “prove” his buddy Donald Trump totally beat Hillary Clinton. In doing so, the Fox host has been using unscientific online polls to substantiate his claims. However, Fox News executives know that Hannity and other hosts are making the network look more foolish than usual and have now banned their on air personalities from using these polls.
A few hours after the debate, Hannity said:
I’ll give you the list of polls,” Hannity said. “Time Magazine, Drudge report, CNBC, The Hill, CBS.”
“The only one that has Hillary winning is CNN and they’re the Clinton News Network anyway,” he added. “CNN’s poll had 500 respondents… These [online] polls have thousands of respondents and CNN is the Clinton News Network.
The CNN poll that Hannity was quick to discount was actually the only scientific poll conducted right after the debate ended. It has since been proven that the polls the Fox crew has been citing were ones in which Trump supporters voted multiple times in, thus skewing the results.
On Tuesday, Dana Blanton, Fox’s vice president of public-opinion research, sent a memo out reprimanding Hannity and others for lying to their viewers:
As most of the publications themselves clearly state, the sample obviously can’t be representative of the electorate because they only reflect the views of those Internet users who have chosen to participate. Another problem — we know some campaigns/groups of supporters encourage people to vote in online polls and flood the results… These quickie click items do not meet our editorial standards. News networks and other organizations go to great effort and rigor to conduct scientific polls — for good reason. They know quick vote items posted on the web are nonsense, not true measures of public opinion.
It’s pretty pathetic that Fox hosts like Hannity are so desperate to prop Trump up that they are blatantly lying to their viewers.
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