National Investigative Media has uncovered an unusual financial relationship between the newswire service, Associated Press, and the federal government – and evidence that that relationship may have influenced the AP’s reporting on the Obama administration.
NIM first uncovered the financial relationship after a May 11, AP report that promoted the idea that President Obama’s re-election was a foregone conclusion based on a poll conducted by its partner firm GfK. NIM discovered that in March, GfK had announced that it had received clearance for federal government contracts to do marketing and research for US government agencies. Closer examination by NIM revealed that the May 11th AP report based its conclusions on a severely flawed polling model that provided a significant advantage to President Obama in calculating his favorability ratings on a number of issues from national security to the economy.
The flawed polling data influenced other media including ABC News, Time, The Washington Post and Yahoo News which ran the AP’s reportage without scrutiny. Read more »