CNN falsely labels third party supporters as “undecided”
CNN cut big 3rd party support from debate focus group coverage, participant says
October 7, 2016
A participant in the CNN focus group conducted Tuesday during this year’s only vice presidential debate says the cable network omitted a strong showing of third-party support.
Justin Smith says participants were asked after the debate ended if they support the ticket led by Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump or a third-party candidate, with 12 indicating third-party support, five backing Clinton and two Trump.
Such a result would not reflect national polling, and Smith wrote on Facebook “once they saw the response,” the third party option was dropped in favor of “undecided” — with the second question asked twice before being aired live, yielding 11 votes for “undecided.”
“As you see a majority here in this room at the University of Richmond still undecided,” CNN reporter Pamela Brown told anchor Wolf Blitzer in the segment that aired.
“Interesting stuff,” Blitzer said.
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