Frank Luntz, a political pollster who regularly appears on Fox news’ presidential race analysis and has been heavily criticized for his manipulative methods and slanted coverage, has finally been exposed for the fraud he is after it emerged that his “randomly selected” and “undecided” focus groups, that constitute the figures for his news features, are being populated by the same people months apart from each other.
The same man appeared twice, four months apart, as part of Luntz’s and Fox’s post-GOP debate “random” focus group!
Luntz describes his profession as “testing language and finding words that will help his clients sell their product or turn public opinion on an issue or a candidate.”
He has won hundreds of polls for private corporations and lobbying groups but is better known for his work with Republican politicians.
In a January 9, 2007, interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Luntz redefined the term “Orwellian” in a positive sense, saying that if one reads Orwell’s Essay On Language, “To be ‘Orwellian’ is to speak with absolute clarity, to be succinct, to explain what the event is, to talk about what triggers something happening…and to do so without any pejorative whatsoever.”
He attracted a great deal of attention after the Penn and Teller piece, featured in the video above, further exposed his manipulative methods of “getting the right answers”.
Luntz has been accused of skewing research results to reflect more favorably on specific clients. In 1997, he was reprimanded by the American Association for Public Opinion Research and in 2000 he was censured by the National Council on Public Polls.
Given that the Luntz’s plant is first seen to be endorsing McCain and then four months later Romney, it cannot necessarily be said that Luntz is attempting to sway public opinion toward one particular GOP candidate. However, he and Fox News are undoubtedly concerned with shifting the focus away from one candidate. Ron Paul.
Between Fox ejecting Paul from the debate in New Hampshire just two evenings before perhaps his strongest chance of a result, and Luntz’s “random” focus group singing the praises of Mitt Romney, these two artisans of fairness and balance have done a sterling job in shifting some of the focus away from a snowballing Ron Paul revolution.
Luntz previously attracted the attention of Ron Paul supporters after it was reported that he spent the entirety of one ‘focus’ group ridiculing the Congressman in front of the 29 people in attendance.
Last night Luntz was confronted by Paulites outside the Merrimack Restaurant, the site of his focus group, on the main street of Manchester, across the street from the Radisson Hotel where protesters also confronted Sean Hannity last night.
The supporter who filmed the confrontation also claims he managed to infiltrate Luntz’s focus group and secretly taped the whole show. Chris Brunner blasted Luntz for again allegedly making negative remarks against Ron Paul during the meeting, and has vowed to publish the video on his website.
Paul’s supporters had been yelling in the window and formed a constant flow of signs parading back and forth, to which Luntz responded by calling them “mean.”
“We’re mad because the Fourth Estate has been taken away from us,” a voice yelled out to Luntz.
“You are ignoring America’s savior!” shouted another.
As Luntz walked away he shouted “I don’t owe you guys anything.”