Are Frank Luntz's focus groups a fraud?Submitted by Jane Aitken on Mon, 10/22/2007 - 14:49
I was going to post this in a comment, but I think it deserves its own article here. I think it will make you feel justified to know that when I participated in the Luntz focus group on September 5th, I was totally disgusted with the way Luntz behaved. To me the outcome was a total fraud. There were two other Paul supporters there, 10% of the group, and one of them I know agreed firsthand what I am talking about.
First this: Until I was banned for 'trolling' a few minutes ago, I was posting as NHGOPer on the 'Free Republic' website. Please see my responses to the person who is bragging that he made this comment on television and even thanked Luntz for airing it. I simply cited Ron's superb conservative record, a video proving that Bush ran on non-interventionism, and a link to The Spoof's take on this guy.
I also OUTED Luntz because in my focus group, I told how Luntz censored my comments about McCain being a nutcase (without using those exact words) as well as all my other comments about the credibility of the so-called 'front-runners'. Luntz even told me he would do this, right from the start, and even though he continued to allow me to comment, he moved up the blonde next to me who said good things that he liked. So my comments were not aired while this fat guy's comments were, because Luntz simply finds the ones who say what he likes. Apparently these facts were too much for the moderator of Free Republic's website to bear and after I posted the link to Bush's campaign speech, I got the banned message. However the information is still there to read...
I saw first hand what a fraud Luntz is but I never wrote an article about it because I feared the 'blowback' would be too much for him to handle. When McCain made his mini-speech about honoring our soldiers, he manipulated people into saying McCain was a winner, when really all they were doing was agreeing to this principle. I mean it was like saying 'do you like puppy dogs and candy'. It was not something anyone would disagree with, yet it did NOT mean McCain 'won' the debate. Luntz twisted it into that. He even got one of the Paul supporters (that I did not know beforehand) to say she liked what he said. So she was included in the bunch that supposedly said McCain won! Yet I hardly think she changed her mind to support to McCain just because of his nice little talk on honoring our soldiers.
But now Luntz has been so blatant he's outed himself.
I am going to write to FOX and state that I have proof that Luntz is unduly influencing his focus group, censoring some comments, while promoting others, and worse yet, encouraging people to trash another Republican. I will demand he be fired.
Fact: In my group, he CLEARLY STEERED THEM IN THE DIRECTION THAT IT WAS OK TO TRASH RON PAUL and he put those people who dared say bad things about Paul, on air, while censoring every single one of my comments once he found out I was a Paul supporter. You have my word on that.
Is FRANK LUNTZ a FRAUD? You be the judge.
And now the world can know what goes on in these 'focus groups'. The people on Free Republic should too.
Resource: Save this link to share with people who can't imagine that Ron's foreign policy is the same as Bush's:
Video of person Luntz encouraged: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykxT8wWxPRk