hand it over

Congressman John Conyers (MI), the leading Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has requested that the raw exit polling data from last month’s election be made public. You can download a PDF of his letter at the Committee’s site, but here’s a portion. I hope I don’t offend anyone if I say, “It’s about fucking time.” The raw exit polling data should have been subpoenaed on November 3rd. (As for Conyers, I like the guy, and I’m proud to know that he’s from my state.)

According to the good folks at USA Today, it probably won’t do a damn bit of good though. They seem to be of the opinion that Mitofsky International, the group hired to do the exit polling for the networks, won’t honor the request. Here’s a quote:

The media organizations that paid for the information are expected to turn down such a request. Though the media publish information, “they don’t have to give anybody their notes or reveal all their methods,” said Jack Shafer, media critic and editor at large for Slate, an online magazine.

Maybe we should start calling the networks, telling them to hand it over.

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One Comment

  1. mark
    Posted December 11, 2004 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I haven’t heard a response from Mitofsky or the networks yet, have you?

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