Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Manipulated data? "Trust but verify"

So the Daily Kos has renounced its "polling data" as possibly fraudulent? Amazing especially because of the recently revealed global warming scandal where the data was cooked.

Barbara Hollingsworth opined in The Washington Examiner:
Markos Moulitsas, founder of the liberal Daily Kos blog, says he is suing Olney-based Research 2000 for allegedly fabricating weekly poll results after three “statistics wizards” questioned them. Based on concerns raised by self-described political consultant Mark Grebner, retired physicist Michael Weissman and wildlife research technician Jonathan Weissman, “it’s clear that we did not get what we paid for,” Moulitsas wrote on his website.

“We were defrauded by Research 2000, and while we don’t know if some or all of the data was fabricated or manipulated beyond recognition, we know we can’t trust it. Meanwhile, Research 2000 has refused to offer any explanation… I hereby renounce any post we’ve written based exclusively on Research 2000 polling.”

Apparently this also includes the 2010 Comprehensive Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans, which Moulitsas said found that 2/3 of Republicans “are completely insane."
Kind of gives renewed meaning to Ronald Reagan's quote, "Trust but verify."

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