‘Red wave is BS’: Joy Reid accuses GOP polling firms of ‘insidious’ secretive plot to control the narrative

Joy Reid is the latest media personality to join election conspiracy theorists as she insisted that recent polling results were part of an “insidious” plan to influence the media.

Reid suggested on Monday night’s edition of MSNBC’s “TheReidOut” that Republican polling firms were behind the plot to deceive the media by fixing polls in order to favor their own political party. While many projections show that a ‘red wave’ may be building across the nation, Reid claims that the data has nefarious origins.

“If you get past those headlines and dig a little deeper, you would uncover an insidious and seemingly intentional campaign from Republican-backed polling firms to flood the zone and tip the balance of polling averages in favor of their candidates, to create a narrative that Republicans are surging and that a red wave is imminent and inevitable,” Reid said.

Parroting reports by Democrat pollster Simon Rosenberg, Reid remarked that “more than half” of midterm polls have been conducted by “Republican firms or groups.” Reid continued to say that there are a lot of “junk polls” in these firms’ aggregations.

Rosenberg appeared on Reid’s show to assure the audience that this is the case, and current projections can’t be trusted.

“What’s really unfortunate is that the places we rely on to help us tell us what’s going on in the election have been corrupted by a flood of Republican polling in the last few weeks. Now, in six major battleground states, more than half the polls conducted in October have been conducted by Republican firms. That means basically we can’t trust the data on RealClearPolitics or FiveThirtyEight any longer. It’s essentially Republican propaganda,” Rosenberg stated.

Rosenberg continued by criticizing the media for continuing to bandy about these data as if they were true.

“Listen, these are junk polls. The Republicans, this is part of the information war. They’re trying to suppress Democratic turnout, create more negative sentiment for Democrats and more positive sentiment for them. What I think is disappointing, many of the people who do the analysis on elections, should’ve caught this. This is an unprecedented massive campaign by the Republicans to gain the polling average. And it’s disappointing to me this wasn’t caught earlier by many of the people that do this that are on TV and do this for a living. But it has to be understood now that the polling averages have been corrupted. We now need to look in my view towards the early voting,” Rosenberg said.

After the 2020 election, The New York Times issued a warning that Republicans’ general distrust of the media and news networks was leading to misinformation about the election, but Rosenberg was throwing caution to the wind in favor of skepticism. He insisted that if observers wanted to glean an accurate forecast of how the election is faring, they should study the early voting numbers.

Rosenberg maintained that the aforementioned ‘red wave’ is a fiction relying on early voting polls to support his convictions. This is in direct contrast to a Rasmussen report showing that 50% of Democrats plan on voting early this midterm election while only 36% of Republicans will cast their vote prior to the election date.

While Rosenberg and Reid are free to speculate in the coming week, they may be forced to reassess their positions after November 8th.



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