NBC Discredits Faulty Dem Poll of GOP Voters Thinking Obama is Muslim...After MSNBC Hyped It

NBC and its hard left cable network don't seem to be on the same page. The morning after MSNBC bomb-thrower Ed Schultz condemned Republican voters for thinking President Obama is Muslim, on Tuesday's Today, NBC's political director Chuck Todd discounted the Public Policy Polling survey: "I think this question was designed to get a higher percentage in the answer than maybe what's actually true."

Todd explained the problem with the automated poll: "...the way the question was asked, I think it just was designed to get a higher number. Because there are some Republicans who...may not believe he's a Muslim, but like saying it because it's a way to attack him. It's sort of a way to needle him....it's certainly created a buzz among liberals who are trying to create a stereotype among base conservative voters."

On Monday's The Ed Show, Schultz went so far as to rant that Sarah Palin was responsible for Republicans thinking Obama is Muslim: "The root of this problem is at the doorstep of the McCain campaign from 2008. You don’t have to look any farther than the recent HBO movie 'Game Change' which premiered over the weekend to see how this whole fire started to rage."

Maybe next time Schultz should give Todd a call before running with liberal propaganda disguised as polling.


Here is a transcript of Todd on the March 13 broadcast of Today:

7:09AM

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MATT LAUER: And Chuck, real quickly, this story that a lot of people are talking about, this Public Policy Polling, these surveys done in Alabama and Mississippi that seem to indicate in Alabama 45% of people think Barack Obama is Muslim, 52% in Mississippi. You're not so sure on these numbers. You don't like this survey.

CHUCK TODD: Well, there's a couple of things. One, it's an automatic – it's a robo-survey, so you get an auto phone call and you press a button to answer the question, one if he's a Christian, two if he's a Muslim. But you introduce it – the way the question was asked, I think it just was designed to get a higher number. Because there are some Republicans who may not believe the President – who may believe the President is a – may not believe he's a Muslim, but like saying it because it's a way to attack him. It's sort of a way to needle him.

So, I think this question was designed to get a higher percentage in the answer than maybe what's actually true. And it's certainly created a buzz among liberals who are trying to create a stereotype among base conservative voters.

LAUER: Alright, Chuck Todd in Washington this morning. Chuck, thanks very much, as always.

TODD: You got it.

Kyle Drennen
Kyle Drennen
Kyle Drennen is a News Analyst for MRC