Fox News Rebukes Sean Hannity: Stop Citing Bogus Online Polls Claiming Trump Won Debate
Sean Hannity’s effort to minimize Trump’s crushing defeat at Monday night’s presidential debate hit a roadblock Wednesday when even Fox News told the conservative TV host to stop deceiving his viewers.
The Democratic nominee was the clear winner of the debate at Hofstra University, But Hannity rattled off a list of online polls as evidence that Trump had bested Clinton.
“I’ll give you the list of polls,” Hannity said. “Time Magazine, Drudge report, CNBC, The Hill, CBS.”
He added: “The only one that has Hillary winning is CNN and they’re the Clinton News Network anyway. CNN’s poll had 500 respondents… These online polls have thousands of respondents and CNN is the Clinton News Network.”
In response, the Fox News reprimanded Hannity and others at the network for relying on garbage polls that “do not meet our editorial standards.”
The network banned Hannity and other network personalities from citing unscientific online polls as proof the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won Monday night’s debate with Hillary Clinton, according to a memo obtained by Business Insider.
“As most of the publications themselves clearly state, the sample obviously can’t be representative of the electorate because they only reflect the views of those Internet users who have chosen to participate,” Dana Blanton, Fox’s vice president of public-opinion research, wrote.
“News networks and other organizations go to great effort and rigor to conduct scientific polls — for good reason,” Blanton continued. “They know quick vote items posted on the web are nonsense, not true measures of public opinion.”
However, several Fox News hosts continued to cite the online polls Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the report.