Well, he had to - he was under oath. Wait...that's not necessarily true. But regardless, we get the scoop from Harrison Hickman, the pollster for Al Gore's presidential bid in 2000 and John Edwards's in 2004 and 2008. And the tale he tells is what you'd expect - they lie.
...Harrison Hickman, took the stand in the federal criminal case against Edwards over alleged campaign finance violations stemming from payments to support Edwards's mistress.
Under oath, Hickman admitted that in the final weeks of Edwards's 2008 bid, Hickman cherry-picked public polls to make the candidate seem viable, promoted surveys that Hickman considered unreliable, and sent e-mails to campaign aides, Edwards supporters and reporters which argued that the former senator was still in the hunt —even though Hickman had already told Edwards privately that he had no real chance of winning the Democratic nomination.
Hickman testified that when circulating the polls, he didn't much care if they were accurate. "I didn't necessarily take any of these as for—as you would say, for the truth of the matter. I took them more as something that could be used as propaganda for the campaign," the veteran pollster said.
Hickman also indicated that senior campaign staffers knew many of the polls were poorly done and of little value. "We didn't take these dog and cat and baby-sitter polls seriously," he said.
What a racket these guys run! And we're really supposed to believe the MSM, especially the likes of CNN, when they come out with a poll time and time again that shows Obama ahead? Or when they come up with a poll that miraculously tightens up the race when it's obvious that Romney is leading?
I think they should ban polling altogether during an election cycle - at least after the conventions are over. They are so skewed and disingenuous and really give the 'favorite son' - i.e., the libs and in this case, Obama - an unfair advantage. I can see this scenario playing out: the first debate is over and CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and other MSM shows and newspapers give glowing reviews to Obama while completely discounting Romney's chances - heck, he might as well admit defeat right now and drop out. Throughout their program and articles, they continue to lay out the lies about Obama and play him up as The Messiah once again. The next day, hundreds of thousands of people go to the polls early and vote based on what the MSM just passed to them via their shows and articles. Sound extreme? Believe me, folks - there are people out there that don't do their homework and rely exclusively on what they hear from the MSM, period. And this case above is the poster child for MSM bias. You see it more and more everyday on Breitbart, Drudge, and other conservative news outlets. Something needs to be done as far as reforming that part of the system. But what is the question.