The Media Is Skewing the Polls Gabfest
Listen to Slate's show about Romney’s challenges heading into the debates, alleged liberal bias in the media, and an update on tight Senate races.
Posted Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at 1:54 PM
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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Mitt Romney’s challenges heading into the debates, alleged liberal bias in the media and polling, and important senate races.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
Can Romney win without Ohio? Nate Silver summarizes some alternative paths to victory.
Emily speculates about the cause of Obama’s stronger Ohio polling; one of several explanations, says the New Republic’s Alec MacGillis, is an overemphasis of Obama’s problems with white working-class voters, which seem greater in the South than in the Midwest.
James Fallows plays debate coach in his technique and skill-focused preview.
But John reminds us: Debates usually don’t matter. For a review of the academic research, read John Sides in the Washington Monthly.
Slate’s Will Saletan observes that the GOP’s national leadership—and money—is making a slow creep back toward Todd Akin.
John chatters about the first photo ever taken of humans, circa1838.
Emily chatters about John’s “Fresca” project, a look at what criteria we might use if we conducted job interviews for the presidency.
David chatters about the Washington Post’s panda coverage.
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Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. Her forthcoming book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook or Twitter.
John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. He can be reached at email@example.com. Read his series on the presidency and his series on risk. Follow him on Twitter.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He's the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book. He appears on Slate's Political Gabfest.