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    Polls and Pundits (Take Two)

    By on November 5, 2020 in See It Here

    Someone mentioned prior to November 3 about waste of time when the topic turns to polling before an election.

    Even the New York Post is reporting about the predictions going in the opposite direction of the results. That publication backed the incumbent . And it’s gonna be a while to get results–because pending decisions from pending lawsuits have been brought by the White House, despite votes being still counted.  The President doesn’t like to lose and says his legal team will point out the idiocy of counting mail-in ballots.

    His attorneys and the election pundits oughta have beers together at a golf resort somewhere and whine (OK, that could be served too, though the other kind would be favored).

    As networks and newspapers and social media hold the standard review of their election night work, there oughta be a discussion of what didn’t work. And maybe add a graphic when the pollster is asked in the next election what trends they are seeing that says “nothing to see here.” Or, take the time to set up actual interviews with key candidates/governors/local officials on what is taking place.

    Another idea: forget the honorable “continuous coverage” with the fancy titles and provide updates every 30 minutes. More ads could be sold that way.

    And more facts would be available than this nonsensical banter about nothingness.

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