By Patricia H. Kushlis
I certainly hope not, but if this turns out to be another cliff-hanger election, then anything’s possible. I was reminded of the seemingly interminable night that I spent on the 93rd floor of the World Trade Center’s Tower 2 as New Mexico’s State Manager for the now defunct Voter News Service (VNS) when I read a CNN after action report on elections reporting fiasco 2000 earlier today.
I don’t agree with a number of the assertions in the report – most glaringly, its omission of fact that the VNS Exit Polls could have been off because of the large number of Jewish voters who thought they had voted for the Gore/Lieberman ticket but in reality had their vote counted as voting for Buchanan because of the complications of Florida’s “butterfly ballot” that benefited the Republicans and likely cost Gore the razor’s edge election.
No wonder then that there were major exit polling problems in Florida and no wonder that the exit poll results were bad there. But why did the CNN commissioned report ignore this fact entirely when it was widely known to the American public?
The media's source(s) are worse in 2008 than in 2000