GOP pollster/analyst dropped from Dem Forum
An interesting dustup has occurred over the selection of well-known GOP pollster Frank Luntz to do analysis at the All-American Presidential Forums that airs on PBS this Thursday. The forum is moderated by Tavis Smiley (he’s also executive producer), and is based on issues outlined in his book The Covenant With Black America.
After Media Matters publicized Luntz’s partisan ties it appears that he’ll not appear after the forum now, but will do analysis the following day on Friday’s broadcast of Tavis Smiley. It was a no-brainer; the GOP ties should have been disclosed (particularly since Luntz has close links to GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani); it probably wouldn’t matter since many pollsters are partisan and appear as talking heads all the time. The added monkey wrench issue with Luntz, however, is that in 1997, according to Salon, he was reprimanded by the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
What one shouldn’t do is bill someone as “non-partisan” when they clearly have a long paper trail that proves they are not.
The show will go on.
I leave tomorrow for DC to live blog the event. Will have more on the forum later.
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