Friday, September 29, 2006

Journalists are learning 

I have to hand it to the SC Times' Larry Schumacher for putting more than working notes for stories on his blog. His latest post has two interesting tidbits. First, the meat of the post is that EMILY's List is peddling a poll which shows Bachmann leading Wetterling only by three points. (BvW has a story on the poll.) Schumacher is interested in getting into the guts of the poll but can't because the pollster won't release the information.
Someone from EMILY's List contacted me on Wednesday and asked me what I needed. She said she was reluctant to share all the guts because there were other questions in the poll that would give away strategy.

I said fine, can you just give me the guts of the questions about the 6th Congressional horse race. She said she'd get back to me on Thursday. It's Friday afternoon and I still haven't heard from her.
I'm not a Zogby fan, Larry, but you might want to ask the Times to buy you access for this race. And let's not forget our local pollster, who I hope has something coming up in the next few weeks. Steve?

Then, did anyone notice the link Schumacher included on this story?
Same goes for the KSTP/SurveyUSA poll released earlier this month. It's done by robocalling, which some people around here don't like, but you can look at the guts and draw your own conclusions.
The link for "some people" goes to Meyer and Associates, owned by former Mayor Larry Meyer, a Democrat. Hmmm.