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SITYS: Daily Kos Runs Bogus Polls

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RUSH: Time for a giant See, I Told You So. You may not have heard about this. Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, who owns the Daily Kos, Daily "Kozz," however he pronounces it, that far-left fringe website is going to sue a polling company called Research 2000 because he claims they have defrauded him. They gave him bogus results. I nailed this back in February. I talked about a Daily Kos poll of Republican voters. You will remember this when I play the sound bite, the questions that they asked Republicans. This is the firm that asked the questions, Research 2000, that the Daily Kos is suing. But here, to refresh your memory, is what I said.

RUSH ARCHIVE: The Daily Kos recently released an odd poll of Republican voters -- and now The Politico and other liberal organizations are trying to use the results to churn waters... Remember, now, the results of the poll online were then picked up by Politico and others. Here's a sample: "Do you believe Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win? Do you believe ACORN stole the 2008 election? Do you believe Barack Obama is a racist who hates white people?" ... The Politico went out and interviewed John McCain and Susan Collins and asked them what they thought of the poll which of course gives the poll credibility. No Republican should have had a thing to say about this. It's about what we have said for years, this teachable moment. The Drive-By Media is desperate to push the Republicans into being moderate because they lose when they go that route. Just ask McCain. The liberals know, sometimes I think better than we do, that conservatism, well articulated, wins elections. It wins every damn time it's tried. They know it better than our own party does. The Daily Kos, The Politico, the Democrats in general are scared to death, and that's what's behind this ridiculous poll of Republican voters. It's just hogwash.

RUSH: They went out and they surveyed Republicans: "Do you believe Obama wants the terrorists to win?" Of course they reported the answers. McCain and Susan Collins distanced themselves from the poll, said this is beyond the pale. Here now is February 1st, 2010, on MSNBC, the Daily Kos founder. He was asked a question: "You have a website poll coming up in full release tomorrow. The either dribs and drabs out of this are just remarkable. About, what, two out of three Republicans believe Obama is a socialist? Numbers about Palin's qualifications. Give me what you can about this and what you think it means at first blush."

ZUNIGA: What we found with this poll is that about a third of Republicans are what could be (snickers) characterized as sane.

REPORTER: (guffawing)

ZUNIGA: About a third think Obama was born in the United States. About a third don't think Obama should be impeached. We're talking impeachment here (snickers) without a hint of scandal. About a third believe that, uh, sex education should be taught in schools. And so on. This is fairly comprehensive poll. And the other two-thirds either are completely insane or just aren't sure. A third think that maybe we ought to debate whether Obama was born in the United States. A third think that maybe ACORN stole the 2008 election.

REPORTER: Mmmpf!

ZUNIGA: I mean, it's pretty crazy stuff -- and I think a lot of this is driven by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and this incredible reality-bending alternate media machine that the right has.

RUSH: So he's commissioned a poll and got those results, and yesterday he announced he's been defrauded by the polling company, that the results were bogus. They might have just made 'em up, and he's suing the polling company, Research 2000. The last I heard Research 2000 was thinking of countersuing. But I knew that this was bogus. The whole concept of the poll was bogus from the get-go, which is why I spent time sharing with you the questions, going over the results, and so forth. I chastise The Politico and others for picking it up as some kind of legit poll. So now justice has been done. The Daily Kos founder has to sue the outfit he hired because they gave him bogus results. How could you not get bogus information from these questions?

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