Media Mashup: October 7, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 6.30.51 PMThe Networks Really Don’t Understand Polls

POLITICO offers this assessment of political polls and the GOP debates:

“Polls are being used to do a job that they’re really not intended for — and they’re not as qualified for as they used to be,” Cliff Zukin, a professor at Rutgers University and past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, told Politico.

Zukin argues small sample sizes–and big margins of error–mean candidates may not be getting divided fairly, with plenty on the line:

Political Analysts Really Don’t Understand Politics

Michael Baron runs through the political missteps of the political analysts and how they have really messed up on both sides of the president contests.

The Prez Certainly Doesn’t Understand the Middle East

Within less than two weeks, Russian President has virtually every Shia leader on his side to get rid of the self-proclaimed Islamic Stated. Seriously? How has U.S. policy gotten so bad.

No Coverage for Mass Killers

My call for journalists to forego using the names of mass killers got some traction in Philadelphia on the local radio. See

H/T to my wife Elizabeth for her help!

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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