Under its mantra of "All the News that's Fit to Print", The New York Times on Sunday October 17, 2010 published a full-page presentation of "19 Senate Races in Play that will Make or Break the Current Democratic Majority in the Senate".
For each race, the presentation showed recent poll results (which typically have a 4-point margin of error); a 30 word description of the race; television ad spending; current Senator's vote on Stimulus and Health Care; a small color-coded map showing 2004 Senate results by county; and margin of victory in Senatorial 2004 and Presidential 2008 elections.
The presentation of the 19 races was divided into three sections:
First – Leaning Democratic
Second – Tossup
Last – Leaning Republican
One would expect an objective analysis to rely on objective criteria, such as:
If the poll-result's margin between the two candidates is within the margin of error (4-points): Tossup
If Democrat's poll-result's margin is 5 points or higher over their rival's:
If Republican's poll-result's margin is 5 points or higher over their rival's:
The New York Times apparantly cannot present facts the way they are – The New York Times insists on shaping the facts along the lines of their own agenda.
Have a closer look:
The California race is presented as Leaning Democratic even though poll numbers show Democrat Barbara Boxer (at 49) leading Republican Carly Fiorina (at 45) by only 4-points (within the margin of error).*
The Colorado race, however, is presented as Tossup even though poll numbers show Republican Ken Buck (at 50) leading Democrat Michael Bennet (at 42) by a whopping 8-point margin.
The Missouri race is presented as Tossup as well, even though poll numbers show Republican Roy Blunt (at 53) leading Democrat Robin Carnahan (at 40) by a decisive 13-point margin.
The Pennsylvania race is also presented as Tossup even though poll numbers show Republican Pat Toomey (at 45) leading Democrat Joe Sestak (at 38) by a significant 7-point margin.
The New York Times is blatantly misrepresenting facts along the lines of their own agenda, wanting us to believe their upside-down facts are "News that's Fit to Print".
The American people know better, which may explain why The New York Times continues to be losing money (a loss of over $4 million in the last quarter alone).
* Two other races were presented as Leaning Democratic with the Democrat candidates leading in the polls by margins of 11 and 19 points.