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Boston Globe Puts Thumb on the Scale - Again

Let me see if I have this right: there have been six polls of the Massachusetts Senate race released in the last 24 hours, five of which show Scott Brown with leads of 5 points, 7 points, 9 points, 10 points and 10 points, respectively. Only one poll shows the race tied. None of the polls show Martha Coakley with a lead.

How then, you might ask, can the Boston Globe justify characterizing the race as a "dead heat?"

I suppose if you were disingenuous enough to downplay and/or ignore the five polls showing Scott Brown with fairly sizable leads, then that headline wouldn't be false. Massively biased and misleading, yes, but technically accurate. And wouldn't you know, that's exactly what the author of the story does:

With the clock ticking inexorably towards Tuesday's election and a new poll showing them in a dead heat, Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown are crisscrossing the state today in a last-minute scramble for votes in a race that has drawn national attention.

It's not until five paragraphs later we learn that the poll the Globe is citing is from Daily Kos, along with a further bit of spin:

The poll, done for the liberal Daily Kos blog by Research 2000, found Brown and Coakley tied, 48-48, which would be consistent with a raft of other polls that have suggested that Brown, until recently a little-known state senator, has made an extraordinarily strong run against Coakley, the state's attorney general.

I'm sorry, but citing the most favorable poll by far for Coakley and suggesting that it is "consistent" with the other polls is such a blatant distortion of the current state of the race that the Globe should be ashamed of itself. That would assume, of course, that the Globe is interested in providing its readers with the truth as opposed to putting its thumb on the scale in favor of a preferred political candidate.

Then again, people who get their political news solely from the Boston Globe are probably surprised to hear the race is a "dead heat" given that just eight days ago the Globe's own poll affirmed to readers that Martha Coakley was leading Scott Brown by 17 points while other pollsters had the race far closer including one firm, PPP, that showed Brown up a point.