5-8-09 -- The Factor pollster is Frank Luntz, O'Reilly even calls him Dr. Luntz, and puts him on the show as a non-partisan objective pollster, but he never discloses the fact that Frank Luntz is a biased and partisan Republican. I have reported in this blog (many times) that Frank Luntz is a biased partisan pollster who basically works for the Republican party.
This Frank Luntz is no different than Newt Gingrich or Karl Rove, except that he pretends to be an honest and objective pollster, and they do not. He basically works for the Republican party, writing talking points for them, and sending out policy memos etc. and he has done this for at least 20 years. Which would be ok, except he goes on all these FOX News shows and they bill him as a non-partisan objective pollster, including O'Reilly.
He is the official Factor pollster, O'Reilly uses him all the time, and he never discloses the fact that Luntz is a biased partisan who works for the Republican party. Which, as O'Reilly himself would say if MSNBC or CNN did it, is a violation of journalistic standards. It's against the rules of journalism to put a partisan pollster on the air and sell him as a non-partisan objective pollster, without disclosing the fact he is working for the GOP.
Earlier this week, a memo written by the right-wing Frank Luntz was leaked instructing the Republican Party on how to frame the health care debate in order to defeat progressive reform. Since his pivotal role in helping craft Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America, Luntz has had an impressive record of cloaking regressive and conservative policies with carefully poll-tested language.
For instance, Luntz is credited with persuading Republicans to use the intentionally misleading term “death tax” to describe the estate tax.
According to CQ, Republicans are enthusiastically embracing Luntz and his health care memo. At a private workshop organized by the House leadership, Luntz was welcomed with applause and cries of “Welcome home!” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) gushed, “We look to him for how do we express the things that we believe in ways that are effective.”
Luntz’s health care memo urges Republicans to denounce progressive reforms as ideas based upon a “committee of Washington bureaucrats.” The memo then calls for Republicans to strongly emphasize the “protection of the personalized doctor-patient relationship” because this approach allows Americans to believe that the GOP is doing something to “protect and improve something good.“
ThinkProgress compiled a video featuring Rep. Phil Gingrich (R-GA), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) all embracing the vapid “patient-doctor” talking point in the past 48 hours.
You can watch that video here:
Luntz’s strategy is to “obstruct health reform by ignoring what Obama is actually offering.” Since Republicans currently have absolutely no plan for reforming health care, Luntz tells them to avoid projecting a policy plan and instead focus on language that “captures not just what Americans want to see but exactly what they want to hear.”
So now you know the truth about Frank Luntz, and the next time you see him on the Factor, remember that O'Reilly puts this biased fraud on his show and bills him as a non-partisan objective pollster. He even calls him Dr. Luntz, as if he has any credibility, which he does not. The fact that O'Reilly does that, and that he is the only Factor pollster, is just more proof that O'Reilly himself is a biased and partisan Republican.
Not only does O'Reilly have this con man as his official pollster, he does not disclose his partisan bias, or the fact that he writes those policy memos for the Republican party. All of that is a massive violation of journalistic standards, and yet O'Reilly does it anyway, and then he has the nerve to criticize other people in the media for bias and violating journalistic standards.
It's the pot calling the kettle black, and massive hypocrisy from O'Reilly. He does not even go by his own rules that he calls for other journalists to go by. It's like telling someone you should not rob banks, then you go rob a bank. O'Reilly has rules for journalists to go by, then he violates those same rules. Which makes O'Reilly the biggest hypocrite in the media.
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