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How Brand X “Corrects” Its Polls

Remember when I said I thought there was something fishy about that recent Coeur d’Alene Press poll re: the Idaho governor’s race — you know, the one that had Demo Jerry Brady way ahead of favored Repub Butch Otter (and then switched within a few minutes to reflect the opposite)? Well, there is something wrong. HBO has inside info. Deep Throat sez HBO “busted” the Press some time back when it ran a poll re: Bossman Duane Hagadone’s attempt to cultivate a downtown garden on Sherman Avenue. Remember? The poll showed overwhelming opposition for several days until it abruptly switched to show strong support. Deep Throat: ” The poll is not secure and all a programmer has to do is upload whatever numbers you want to the TownNews ftp server. You just have to make sure that the numbers all add up to 100% or it will crash the poll. You would be amazed how many times that has happened. The programmer we used to have had a hard time with addition. We put in whatever numbers Jim Thompson emailed to (us).”

/case solved … move along.


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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