How Carter Beat Reagan
By Jeffrey Lord
The American Spectator
September 25, 2012
Dick Morris is right.
his column on "Why the Polls Understate the Romney Vote."
Here's something Dick Morris doesn't mention. And he's
Remember when Jimmy Carter beat Ronald Reagan in 1980?
That's right. Jimmy Carter beat Ronald Reagan in 1980.
In a series of nine stories in 1980 on "Crucial States" --
battleground states as they are known today -- the New York
Times repeatedly told readers then-President Carter was in a
close and decidedly winnable race with the former California
governor. And used polling data from the New York
Times/CBS polls to back up its stories.
Four years later, it was the Washington Post that
played the polling game -- and when called out by Reagan campaign
manager Ed Rollins a famous Post executive called his
paper's polling an "in-kind contribution to the Mondale campaign."
Mondale, of course, being then-President Reagan's 1984 opponent and
Carter's vice president.
All of which will doubtless serve as a reminder of just how
blatantly polling data is manipulated by liberal media -- used
essentially as a political weapon to support the liberal of the
moment, whether Jimmy Carter in 1980, Walter Mondale in 1984 -- or
Barack Obama in 2012.
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