After the presidential debate this week, Frank Luntz did another of his suspicious focus groups. This time, it was comprised of “undecided voters,” most of whom “voted for Barack Obama in 2008.” Although we never found out just how Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative those ex-Obama supporters were, lo and behold, most of them no longer supported him. Last night, Bob Beckel visited The O’Reilly Factor and blasted Luntz’ work.
Beckel noted that he “used to be in the polling business” and was “a little suspicious” about how the participants were chosen.
Beckel also criticized Luntz for acting like a “cheerleader” and taking “center stage” instead of unobtrusively listening to what the participants have to say. Beckel said, “With all due respect to Luntz, that is not the way you do a focus group. It’s just ridiculous… It doesn’t rise to the standard of your show, Bill.”
“It makes for good TV,” Beckel acknowledged. As a Fox News contributor, he didn’t state the obvious, but I will. “Good TV” is not supposed to be the standard for “fair and balanced” news.
NOTE TO LUNTZ
The Fashion Police is calling.