September 11

New York Times falsely reports September 2007 polls results about Giuliani

“No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.” — Abraham Lincoln

The New York Times could have written today that, “86% of all Republicans surveyed said Mr. Giuliani would do as good a job or better than as the other candidates when it came to fighting terrorism.” They did not. Instead, they skewed their own reporting.

On September 11, 2007, the Times wrote:

“Eighty-two percent of Republican primary voters said Mr. Giuliani has strong leadership qualities. Mr. Giuliani’s strongest appeal remains his handling of the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York six years ago, with an overwhelming majority of Republicans, and a clear majority of all voters, saying he did a good job.

But 61 percent of Republican voters [emphasis added mine and you will see why in a moment] said Mr. Giuliani would do about the same job as his rivals for the nomination in combating the threat from terrorism; Mr. Giuliani has made keeping the United States “on offense” against terrorism a centerpiece of his campaign…”

And here’s the proof of what I assert. Today, the New York Times wrote:

“In a New York Times/CBS News poll in September, Mr. Giuliani’s supporters were asked [emphasis added mine. Note the difference between this and the bolded text above] if they thought he would do a better job fighting terrorism compared with the other candidates running for the Republican nomination. A quarter of them said they thought Mr. Giuliani would do a better job than his opponents, but the large majority — 61 percent — said they would expect Mr. Giuliani to be about the same as the other candidates when it came to fighting terrorism.”

Back on September 11, 2007, the Times did not write that only “Mr. Giuliani’s supporters” were asked that question. And they failed to report that additional “quarter” (25%) who said Giuliani would do a better job of fighting terrorism.

This is how the Times, back on September 11, 2007, characterized those polled:

“The nationwide telephone poll was conducted Sept. 4-9 with 1,263 adults, including 357 voters who said they planned to vote in a Republican primary. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus three percentage points for all adults and five percentage points for Republican primary voters. The detailed questions focusing on Mr. Giuliani, who has been leading for months in most national polls, were not asked about the other candidates.”

As usual, the Times failed to publish the full poll results in order to avoid scrutiny while spinning the results.