Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire primary victory over Barack Obama seemed to stun no one more than reporters and pundits who covered it, raising questions about an overreliance on polls in setting a campaign narrative.
Obama’s victory — and a big one at that — was such a presumption that there was a CNN discussion before the polls closed about how much a relatively narrow win would hurt him.
Instead, Clinton led from the time first results came in until the end. She had 39 percent of the vote to Obama’s 36 percent.
“Over the last 20 years overall the media has fallen into poll myopia,” said David Bohrman, executive producer of CNN’s political coverage. “Sometimes we as a profession lose track of, no matter what the polls say a month ahead or a year ahead, the American citizen has to go out and actually vote. I like that part of the process.”
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Even before the New Hampshire polls closed, one snapshot pointed to an extraordinary level of dissatisfaction about how the campaign has been covered. A CNN e-mail poll Tuesday, while not scientific, had more than 11,000 people responding with 94 percent saying they were tired of the national media reporting on the presidential race in terms of charisma, change, dynasty, momentum and likeability.
So, have you watched since Tuesday, kids? The idiots just keep on spewing shit. The only difference is that they giggle now. They are so far up their own asses that they honestly think that they themselves are the story.