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FOX News' Laurie Dhue Cherrypicks Poll Results

Reported by Ellen - May 22, 2005

Yesterday morning during the news break just before Forbes on Fox, Laurie Dhue reported on the results of a new AP/IPSOS poll about judidical nominations. A quick check of the actual poll revealed that Dhue reported the statistics favorable to Bush and the GOP and left out the ones that weren't, including the headline that AP used in its own report.

As Dhue spoke, the screen filled with the graphic:

FILIBUSTER FIGHT

52% comfortable with whomever President Bush might pick for the U.S. Supreme Court

47-39% favor conservative over liberal judges


Dhue reported,

"According to an Associated Press/IPSOS poll, more than half of those questioned would be comfortable with the president's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. It also says 47% favor conservative judges over liberal ones."

Knowing FOX as I do, I decided to check those figures. Interestingly, AP - hardly a liberal institution and, in fact, the news wire that FOX News uses - headlined its own poll as follows: Most want U.S. Senate to Take an Assertive Role in Examining Judge Nominees; Lean Toward Conservative Judges.

In fact, according to the poll results, 78% think the Senate should take an assertive role in examining each nominee.

Furthermore, while the total number of people expressing comfort that Bush would "choose the right kind of justices" for the U.S. Supreme Court is 52%, vs. 46% not comfortable (another statistic omitted by Dhue), the poll also shows that while 29% are very comfortable, 32% are not at all comfortable. Hardly an overwhelming vote of confidence in Bush's choices or for doing away with minority power in the Senate.

Why was that news left out? I'm going to write FOX News and ask. Feel free to do so also. Let's see if we get any answers.

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