Polls, Free kicks, Who cares? and getting it wrong!
Who in Sydney cares about a bottom-pinching SA Member of Parliament. Intersting choice for a front page story on the Daily Telegraph's website.
I don't know if this AAP story was sub-edited, but it was a shocker.
The article states "Greens senator Bob Brown has suggested he could direct preferences the way of the coalition if Mr Howard agreed to a compensation package on Tasmania's forests." Do they really believe the Greens will preference a party who took the country to war on a pre-emptive strike for WMDs that didn't exist? The Greens may do a split ticket but have in no way suggested preferencing Liberal. The rest of the story was just a free kick to Howard.
Breaking news from AAP finally got it right quoting Bob Brown saying "It would be unprecedented for the Greens to allocate preferences to the Coalition" I told you so.
Not to be outdone by his leader Peter Costello got a free kick as well courtesy of the Daily Telegraph and AAP.
The Tele's editorial was celebrating democracy by declaring it was nice to have choice in this election, and then they put on the Jack Boots claiming the Greens were no choice at all.
Malcolm Farr kept up the biased coverage with his analysis claiming Labor's policies have fallen flat. Just a shame the polls don't show it.
News Corp can't get their poll spin right either with Howard getting a boost in the Tele while the ALP gains but not in the marginals in the Australian.
Speaking of News Poll, my neighbour got polled the other day and he claims the conversation went like this.
NP; Hi I'm from News Poll. In the upcoming Fed election will you be voting Liberal or Labor.
NP; so I will put you down as an other.
Neighbour; No I am a green voter not an other voter.
NP; OK we will put you down as a Green.
If my neighbour is accurate this is the most biased way of conducting a poll and will boost both Labor and Liberal primary percentages and disadvantage all minor parties.
Has anyone else had this experience?