O'Reilly Caught Lying About The Nevada RCP Senate Poll
By: Steve - October 7, 2010 - 9:30am
And of course he lied to make the crazy Tea Party Republican Sharron Angle look better. You never see O'Reilly lying about a poll to make a Democrat look better. Here is what the dishonest right-wing hack of a pretend journalist did.
O'Reilly said this on the Tuesday Factor show in his talking points memo:
O'REILLY: According to RealClearPolitics.com, Democrats are likely to retain 49 seats in the Senate, the Republicans may get 47, but four races are too close to call. In Nevada, tea party favorite Sharron Angle has pulled ahead of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid 49% to 46%, which reflects the fact that 52% of voters in Nevada disapprove of President Obama's job performance.
O'Reilly implied that Angle was ahead, and that she could win because 52% of the voters in Nevada disapprove of the job President Obama is doing. That all sounds good, except it's pretty much a lie, with O'Reilly using dishonest poll cherry picking to make that claim.
If you go to www.RealClearPolitics.com and look, you will see that they use 5 polls in the Nevada Senate race, then they average them and put out a projected winner number. Here are the 5 polls they are using:
2010 Nevada Senate Race
Fox/Rasmussen - Angle 49% - Reid 46%
The RCP Average is 44.2% for Reid and 43.6% for Angle. So as you can see Harry Reid is ahead, but O'Reilly could not report that, so what he did was cherry pick the Fox/Rasmussen poll that has Angle ahead by 3 points, 49% to 46%, without disclosing that fact that only the Fox/Rasmussen poll says that.
Retail Ass. of Nevada/POS - Reid 45% - Angle 40%
LVRJ/Mason-Dixon - Reid 43% - Angle 43%
CNN/Time - Angle 42% - Reid 41%
Reuters/Ipsos - Reid 46% - Angle 44%
While he represented that the RCP poll says that, which it does not. Not to mention O'Reilly implied that all the polls have Angle ahead, by saying she has pulled ahead of Harry Reid.
Folks, this is about as dishonest as a journalist can get. O'Reilly cited the RCP poll, then lied about what it says. Then on top of that only 1 poll has Angle ahead by more than 1 point, and that is the biased right-wing Fox/Rasmussen poll.
And O'Reilly is looking at the same poll I am, so that means he knowingly and dishonestly cherry picked the poll to claim Angle was ahead by 3 points, when the actual RCP poll has Reid ahead. It even says right on the poll that Reid is winning by 0.6 percentage points.
So O'Reilly looked at that and said, that does not make Angle look good, so I will just lie about the poll and say Angle is winning by 3 points, based on the Fox/Rasmussen poll, that has a known right-wing bias, while ignoring all the other polls that has Reid ahead.
Which is about as biased as you can get, and what makes it worse is that O'Reilly claims to be a non-partisan, fair and balanced Independent, with a no spin zone. As he is lying and spinning the RCP poll to make people think Angle is ahead.
And the fact that he would do that for the crazy far right Sharron Angle, is also proof that O'Reilly is a 100% Republican spin doctor, because you never see him doing this stuff for Democrats.
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