An admission from Markos Moulitsas, proprietor of the Daily Kos web empire:
I have just published a report
by three statistics wizards showing, quite convincingly, that the
weekly Research 2000 State of the Nation poll we ran the past year and
a half was likely bunk.
Later, he writes, "While the investigation didn't look at all of Research 2000 polling conducted for us, fact is I no longer have any confidence in any
of it, and neither should anyone else. I ask that all poll tracking
sites remove any Research 2000 polls commissioned by us from their
databases. I hereby renounce any post we've written based exclusively
on Research 2000 polling."
The "wizards" he cites conclude
that "people who have been trusting the R2K reports should know about
these extreme anomalies. We do not know exactly how the weekly R2K
results were created, but we are confident they could not accurately
describe random polls."
R2K's proprietor, Del Ali, responded
to TPM by saying he was contacting his lawyer and adding, "I will tell you unequivocally that we conducted EVERY poll properly for the Daily Kos."
Kos says he'll be suing Ali.
This will get ugly...