Don't know if you saw the recent headline on Yahoo News, USA Today, et al "AP: Bush leads Kerry in electoral vote count"
For those of you who follow Samboni's Electoral Vote Count page, you know this is complete garbage; while Kerry holds very slim leads in many of the states he would claim if the election were held today, the current count is Kerry 310, Bush 217, Undecided 11, which changed just this weekend because Kerry currently has Nevada, which is very bad news for Bush's re-election possibilities.
This kind of shameless distortion also plays into the fact that many people like to back a winner. If you can convince a lot of people that Bush has it locked up, then they will swing to his side.
It's also important to remember, for those who don't know, that the AP is a cooperative. The owners are the owners of the major newspapers in the country, about 99.99 percent of whom are pretty right-wing.
The USA Today story tellingly does not include the name of the author, but when it was posted at Yahoo! yesterday I learned that Ron Fournier is the author of this piece of crapulent hackery.
Check out the plethora of items at the Campaign Desk mentioning Ron Fournier
Notice how many of the pieces show Fournier spinning against Dem candidates. Then notice that nowhere in Fournier's story does he give us any actual data, tell us which polls he used, the MOE in those polls - really, nothing in that story that you could use to fact-check his media-whore ass.
Fournier's piece is pure, unadulterated propaganda, intended to make Kerry look like a loser. Just look at some key gaffes of his crap:
Missouri, a traditional battleground, recently moved to the Bush-leaning category and is being written off by some Democrats. The Kerry campaign reduced its ad campaign in the state after polls showed him consistently 4 to 6 percentage points behind Bush, with little room for improvement.
Republican advantages in rural Missouri and the fast-growing exurbs make the state tough for Democrats, but Kerry will likely keep it on the table through November in case the political winds shift. Besides, abandoning a traditional battleground would be embarrassing.
Of the states won by Gore, Pennsylvania is by far Bush's top target. The president has spent millions of dollars in the state on commercials and has visited it more than any other contested state — 30 trips since his inauguration.
For Kerry, losing Pennsylvania would create a virtually insurmountable electoral vote gap.
But, Fournier ignores recent polls showing Missouri leans Kerry, and neglects to tell us about two separate polls showing Kerry with 5- and 10-point leads in Pennsylvania, because that wouldn't fit the script.
Even the notoriously Republican-biased Rasmussen has Kerry ahead in the EC vote in his craptacular calculations.
I'll go with dwbh's electoral college projection that shows Kerry way ahead, because I can look at the data and see for myself.
Screw Fournier for the hack he is.
I'm sure the GOP camp-followers in the media, Fournier in particular, had a big ****ing party last night after seeing this puerile propaganda hit-piece picked up in time for just about every Sunday paper in the land.