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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Pollster Pleads Guilty to Fraud: Crank Up the Conspiracy Theories

Tracy Costin, formerly the owner of DataUSA, Inc. (now ViewpointUSA, Inc.), a polling firm that did work for, among others, Joe Lieberman and George W. Bush, has pled guilty to making up poll data.

Pollsters live and die on credibility. Now, in an era in which election conspiracy theories run rampant on the left while polls and the "mainstream media" are largely distrusted on the right, this will give all the conspiracy theorists ammo for years to come.

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