CNN will have to clarify some serious questions that pose a challenge to its credibility. The network has been blamed for conducting a bogus poll in covering the public reaction to the first presidential debate 2012 on October 3rd held in Denver.
The poll only included white, college-educated Southerners over the age of 49 that self-identified as either modern or conservatives, but CNN did not inform the public about their selective sampling. The poll result that was released by CNN right after the first presidential debate stated that 67% of debate watchers believed that Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the faceoff.
"No presidential candidate has topped 60% in that question since it was first asked in 1984," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
Even though details are sketchy but it is being said on social media websites that a pro-Romney stance made sure that the race continues to be interesting to viewers so that they keep watching CNN and reading CNN.com. The news of this bogus poll initiated a social media campaign on Facebook as well.
The Facebook account entitled, ‘Punish CNN for Distorted Poll; Remove Candy Crowley As Debate Moderator’ has already gained over 173 likes.
An image posted on the timeline of this page shows how CNN distorted the results of the poll. It clearly shows how CNN while conducting its poll completely marginalized an overwhelming majority.
The news was first posted on Reddit and gained immense attention from Redditors. One of the Redditors Fazookus said, ‘This is hard to believe... I'm going to watch and see if CNN retracts this’.
Another Redditor please__responddg posted, ‘While I agree, that's a opinion, not a source. Do we have any sources folks here could solidly show to conservative parents or grandparents who are guaranteed to vote?’
Members of this social media campaign demand that CNN must be penalized by losing the honor of having its correspondent Candy Crowley, moderate one of the remaining debates.
Whether CNN will publish a retraction of its poll, or will we see Candy Crowley moderating one of the debates or not are things that remain to be seen.