Wednesday, April 09, 2008
RealClearPolitics Doesn't Like Hillary
The political Internet site, RealClearPolitics, has maintained a noticeable bias against Sen. Hillary Clinton and for Sen. Barack Obama during the Democratic presidential race. A popular feature of the site is its daily updates of polling data for primary states and general election match-ups. For weeks now, the site has been displaying polling data for upcoming primaries in Pennsylvania and North Carolina on its main page. The polls for Pennsylvania's April 22 primary have consistently shown a Clinton lead, although that lead has slipped some in recent days. RealClearPolitics is quick to highlight any narrowing of her lead there, while emphasizing Obama's consistent, double-digit lead in North Carolina's May 6 primary. The Indiana primary is on the same date as North Carolina's. While both Democratic candidates are devoting a great deal of time in Indiana where polls show Clinton in the lead, RealClearPolitics declines to feature any poll results for Indiana alongside North Carolina's on its main page. I e-mailed John McIntyre at RealClearPolitics and asked him why the site doesn't display Indiana poll results, but he didn't respond. I wonder if the poll results in Indiana showed an Obama lead if the site would be ignoring Indiana. If you dig around on the site, you can find Indiana's poll results. The question is why they aren't as prominently displayed as North Carolina's?