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Fresh off its anti-Clinton smear campaign, the Mickey Mouse network a/k/a ABC continues to work furiously to ensure the GOP wins in the mid-term elections. As if rank lies and distortions about 9/11 weren't enough, ABC now attempts to spin a poll to show huge Republican gains.

At first blush, the ABC News poll sounds bad based on their on-line headline: "Republicans Inch Close To '06 Preference." Dig a little deeper, though, and you find this isn't the case at all.

In fact, even in a poll that should be viewed with skepticism because of where it originated, the Democrats continue to hold a commanding preference edge. You just wouldn't know it if you didn't read deeply enough.

Buried deep in their "story," ABC finally reports:

All told, 50 percent of registered voters now favor the Democratic congressional candidate in their C.D., 42 percent the Republican - a narrower Democratic advantage than the 13-point lead they held all summer, and half what it was last January. It's a similar 51-44 percent among likely voters.

Some refresh me. Is an eight-point spread an "inch?"

This vital information, buried deeply in the story, follows this lede:

Terrorism has inched up in importance in the 2006 midterm elections and Republicans have regained an edge in trust to handle it - helping George W. Bush's party move closer to the Democrats in congressional vote preference. The Republicans lead the Democrats in trust to handle terrorism by 48-41 percent among registered voters in this ABC News poll, a flip from a seven-point Democratic advantage last month. And 16 percent now call terrorism the top issue in their vote, a slight fivepoint
gain. So let me get this straight: the Republicans lead on terrorism but trail badly overall, and this represents a neck and neck race?

Earlier this week I questioned whether we should have given any publicity at all to the "Path To 9/11." I was wrong. It was important to show what lying bastards ABC and Disney are. And after we take Congress in November, we need to take a long, hard look at some issues that involve FCC licenses and the regulatons that ensure fairness in our democracy.

Originally posted to earthmissinglink on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 10:14 AM PDT.

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