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Bill Maher leads the charge against Cancel Culture

“Liberals need a ‘stand your ground law’ for ‘cancel culture,’, so that when the ‘woke mob’ comes after you for some ridiculous offense, you’ll stand your ground,” Maher said.

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There have been no holds Maher-ed in Real Time with Bill Maher’s call to action Friday night, regarding irresponsibility of cancel culture and the future for the country should society continue to suppress their  beliefs in fear of judgement or becoming the next victim on an ever growing list of ‘cancelled’ by social justice warriors and media alike.

While Maher’s political philosophy has undoubtedly landed him success he has also been a considerably polarizing and controversial figure at times throughout his impressive career. Spanning over four decades, Maher has been celebrated and honored in various capacities—from ranking among Comedy Central’s greatest stand up comedians of all-time to winning a Primetime Emmy Award.

The success from his HBO program has resonated with many demographics, giving him the unique and ideal platform to speak up on his ‘cancel culture’ concerns that he urges his audience to contemplate. 

The political talking heads on the left rarely tackle the topic of the overlooked, detrimental and dangerous repercussions associated with cancel culture. However, Maher was fearless in his monologue, delivered on February 26, 2021 in which he seamlessly weaves in pop culture, reality TV, current events, ensuring that his message would resonate with any audience it reached.

“Liberals need a ‘stand your ground law’ for ‘cancel culture,’, so that when the ‘woke mob’ comes after you for some ridiculous offense, you’ll stand your ground. Stop apologizing. Because I can’t keep up anymore with who’s on the sh*t list.” Maher began, unapologetically.

“Cancel culture is real, it’s insane, and it’s growing exponentially. And, it’s coming to a neighborhood near you.” Maher expands.

“If you think it’s just for celebrities. No. In an era where everyone is online, everyone is a public figure. It’s like we’re all trapped in The Hills Have Eyes, and Wi Fi.”

A question that has been asked by so many over the past months and years—who wants to watch snowflakes armed with internet access be the ones who determine the future within our society?

Maher impolores his audience to ponder: “Is this really who we want to become a society of phony, clenched assh*le avatars, walking on eggshells, always looking over your shoulder about getting ratted out for something that actually has nothing to do with your character or morals? Think about everything you’ve ever texted, emailed, searched for, tweeted, blogged or said in passing, or now, even just witnessed.”

Maher addresses the consequences that have been overlooked for months as a result of this new movement and climate of policing behaviors from someone’s past, only to shame and gather momentum in their attempts to destroy the lives of others—all the while, forgetting to err is human.

“Andy Warhol was wrong—in the future, everyone will not experience fifteen minutes of fame, but fifteen minutes of shame.”

Armed with staggering statistics, Maher expands on his conclusion and backs his theory with hard data, “62% of Americans say they have opinions they’re afraid to share. 80% ofAmericans, young, old, rich, poor, conservative, liberal, white, minority..  all hate the current atmosphere of hypersensitivity. Yeah, everybody hates it. And no one stands up to it, because it’s always the same thing to swallow what you really think, and just join the mob.”

Maher, referred to by Rush Limbaugh as a “conversationalist,” and known by many as a comedian and satirical political commentator, tackled the controversy surrounding the ‘woke’ movement and an increasingly overly sensitive society.

 “Abraham Lincoln, who’s now cancelled in San Francisco, and they’re thinking about it in Illinois. Yes, the Land of Lincoln might cancel Lincoln. Memo to social justice warriors; when what you’re doing, sounds like an Onion headline. Stop.” Maher concludes.

A message that could be the first step in a bipartisan movement away from cancel culture.

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WOWO’s Mike Ragozino Wants To Share His Experiences To Help Others

He said he could handle his PD duties from anywhere these days. Ragozino likes getting up early, having a cup of coffee, and catching up on the news.

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Sometimes a man needs to pack up his VW bus, slip on his driving gloves, slap on his Aqua Velva, and just hit the road. 

After college, current radio PD and broadcaster Mike Ragozino drove across our vast country to visit friends. Perhaps engage in a bit of soul-searching along the way.

He said the best part of the trip was tuning to all the local stations along the way. 

“Radio was my only companion,” Ragozino said. “I heard a rock station here, a pop station there. That trip was such an eye opener.” 

An illuminating journey, to be sure; for him, radio wasn’t about being a jock on the air or being cool. If it weren’t for radio, he’d probably have gone into teaching. The man probably would have been an English teacher and high school coach.

That was Plan B. 

“I was Ragz way before radio,” Ragozino said. 

There was no reach or manufacturing with that nickname; it was a no-brainer. “My first PD asked me to change my name to Mike Malone. I thought Ragz was much better, but I figured if that’s what he wanted, I could live with that.”

Some PDs don’t know a good air name when they hear it. 

He looks a bit like Joe Rogan, the podcaster. Just enough to get some ribbing on his morning show. 

When he came to Indiana from the east coast in 2006, Ragozino said there was certainly an element of culture shock—moving from a place offering a good slice of pizza whenever you wanted to a place with no good pizza.

“Midwest people are like east coast blue-collar people,” Ragozino said. “They treat you well. The cost of living in the Midwest is fantastic. And I think the radio is just as good, especially being only an hour outside of Chicago.”

He makes it to Wrigley Field every once in a while to see the Cubs and some White Sox games. 

“Our stations have a strong affiliation with Notre Dame. We go to a ton of games. Get out and tailgate.” 

While working in Indiana, Ragozino had the opportunity to interview Rudy Ruettiger of the movie Rudy.

“He was different, a bit eccentric. He was also quite the character. Ruettiger is a legend in some areas. In South Bend, they don’t make much of a fuss about him.” He also interviewed Sean Astin, who played Rudy. “He was more normal.”

Indiana has long been synonymous with basketball. But, Ragozino said as he’s situated further north in Indiana, where football is just as big, if not more so.

“We have a kinship with Notre Dame, Butler, Indiana University, and Purdue.”

He started at a classic rock station, WNNJ, in Sussex, New Jersey. Ragozino enjoyed that experience. Then moved on to WAOR in South Bend, Indiana. 

When WAOR flipped to sports in May 2012, Ragozino lived his dream of programming an all-sports station.

“When I learned of the switch, the management thought I would be a little disappointed. I couldn’t have been happier.” Ragozino co-hosted a weekly one-hour show with Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown.

Now he’s program director of WOWO News/Talk 1190 AM and WKJG The Fan. Both are locally owned and operated by Federated Media. Ragozino does the news and traffic on Fort Wayne’s Morning News. 

Ragozino said his on-air shifts are still a gas. “I can’t get rid of that bug. Doing sports and traffic is fun. People ask why I still get up at 3:30 for a morning gig, and I tell them it’s what I do.”

He said he could handle his PD duties from anywhere these days. Ragozino likes getting up early, having a cup of coffee, and catching up on the news. 

“Those are the reasons I got into this business in the first place.”

When Ragozino started in school at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, he wanted to be the next big host on WFAN. 

“When I got out, I just wanted to get a job.”

He pulled the graveyard shift at a local classic rock station from midnight to 5:00 a.m. “That’s a rough shift,” he said. “You never really get it together.” He did it for seven months, and that was plenty.

He helped launch a classic hits station in Newton, New Jersey, where he was program director. He got caught up in the music side of things, and made some good money for those days. After a few years, it was back to sports. He wanted to get into a larger market and moved to Portland. 

“It’s not the heart of sports, but I had the Trail Blazers.”

Ragozino said being a good PD is all about leading the team. 

“It goes beyond radio stuff,” he explained. “I enjoy teaching and mentoring people. I think mentoring is kind of a lost art. I like to find young talent that wants to be in radio, especially news. That’s the big part of what I do.”

Ragozino’s excitement about the news is still visible.

“News is urgent and vital. It’s different every day. You can’t beat that. Today people jump on Twitter to see what’s going on, but it’s not the same as radio. I like to follow multiple sources and see what’s going on. There’s more of a communal feel to radio. I don’t know if it’s going to be the case in 20 years.

When a tornado is ripping through town, I don’t jump on Twitter. I turn to my radio station.”

But Twitter is still important to Ragozino. He said he uses other platforms, but Twitter has become his AP wire. “I am able to see the urgent stuff, a trade deadline in MLB. I just hit refresh on my phone and the world is at my fingertips.” 

Ragozino said the different platforms can offer a lot of crap at times. “You have to filter through some of it to get to something worthwhile. Before I go on air it’s more of the traditional sources, but once I get on the air it’s Twitter, things that are trending.” 

If there’s a blue check next to the source, Ragozino might see it as credible. If he sees Ken Rosenthal’s byline on something, he said he won’t question the news as much. Once he’s off the air he’s more selective about what he looks at. It’s more entertainment based.

Ragozino has always a team leader. 

“I think it’s in my blood,” Ragozino said. 

Ragozino said he had a job as a PD in Fort Wayne where he was a one-man band, the only staff member. 

“I hated it. There was no way of developing a camaraderie. I loved what I was doing, but other PDs had people to be with and lead. I had 20 years of radio experience and wasn’t able to share the experience.”

Today he’s at WOWO working in conservative news. He said he’d never dreamed he’d be doing that kind of programming. 

“You’ve got 97 years of broadcasting with this station,” Ragozino explained. “I just had to take this job. WOWO is the pure example of why radio exists, why it was invented. WOWO has always been ingrained in the community.”

WOWO is middle ground in the mornings, Ragozino said. “I let the syndicated shows drive stakes through hearts. Our job is to inform, communicate. What you hear from us in the morning is not opinion-based. Just straight news. There are personalities on our staff that can pontificate.” 

Explaining the relevance of the station, Ragozino said WOWO was the type of station that told you if you were having a snow day to see if schools were closed. If severe weather is coming, WOWO is where you’d go.

Ragozino has always spent time with his dad, a union electrician. One afternoon in 1984, he and his father were looking for something to do. They were planning a Jets and Giants game, but it didn’t start until later.

“My dad worked a lot at 30 Rock doing electrical stuff. We were there, and a page asked if we were doing anything and if we’d like a couple of tickets. We said we’d love them. Do something before the game.”

It’s around 4:00 in the afternoon. The tickets were for Late Night with David Letterman. This was before Letterman was at the height of his popularity. 

“His guests that afternoon were Robert Klein and Bob Costas. This was the night Letterman was lowered into water wearing a suit covered in Alka Seltzer tablets.” Letterman looked like Elvis Presley wearing a sequined 70s outfit, but this was Alka Seltzer, not glitter.

Growing up in Queens, New York, his father spent a lot of his time in cool venues. 

“He worked at Shea Stadium for a while,” Ragozino said. By default, he said he essentially grew up there. 

“Dad didn’t work too many big games, wasn’t there all the time, but it was fun. There’s a plaque in my office in tribute to the ’86 Mets.” 

When he was young, Ragozino, 51, used to work in a video movie store in New Jersey. For some of you, that was before you could watch anything you wanted at any time. You had to go into some dank place with musty carpeting and see if what you wanted was even there or be bummed it was already rented.

“Back in those days, we used to charge people a buck if they didn’t rewind the VHS tape. We used to charge people a buck if they didn’t rewind the VHS tape,” He’s not kidding. “They sold machines where their sole purpose in life was to rewind tapes.”

Today he’s still involved in film with his podcast called Movie Maniacs with his pal Chuck Curry. 

“I still love going to a movie theater for a couple of hours,” Ragozino said. “I get to leave my brain at the door. You don’t have to listen to someone pontificate about their political agenda. It’s a magical feeling when the lights go down.”

Life in New York wasn’t always filled with great memories. His father, the electrician, installed wiring in the towers during the construction of the World Trade Center. He was in the city on 9-11.

“All I could do was pray he was okay,” Ragozino said. “I was working in New Jersey doing radio. We had to send wires up into the ceiling to get a live television feed. In the meantime, I was trying to figure out if my dad was okay. I ended my day by picking him up from the ferry across the Hudson River, like so many others escaping Manhattan.” 

Ragozino said he took the 9-11 attacks perhaps a little differently than some, maybe more personally. 

“Of course, I was saddened and hurt by the attacks, but I was also offended.” 

His home state was attacked. So were places he’d been and experienced a lot of memories. 

“I knew right then that things would never be the same.” 

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MSNBC Continues Ratings Boom With January 6th Hearings

Not only did MSNBC attract 4.88 million total viewers, it was the most-watched outlet for hearings coverage on TV overall.

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The committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol hosted its eighth hearing of the summer on Jul. 21. It was the second time the hearings were held in prime time, as it was initially slotted there to wrap up proceedings. Yet, it was announced there’d be more hearings slated for the fall.

Approximately 18 million viewers tuned in on the Jul. 21 hearing across multiple networks — almost two million less than the hearings’ opening night (Jun. 9). The night’s most prominent ratings winners: MSNBC and CNN.

Not only did MSNBC attract 4.88 million total viewers (according to Nielsen Media Research) — the most prominent to-date figure for a single-cable network’s hearings coverage and nearly double its parent network NBC (2.69 million), it was the most-watched outlet for hearings coverage on TV overall.

CNN, with a 0.66 rating in adults 25-54 (equating to 803,000 viewers within the demo), eked past ABC (0.65 rating) to be the coverage’s key demographic leader. As stated in our most recent report, hearings viewership on CNN has gradually risen since the first daytime hearing on Jun. 13. With 3.18 million viewers, it was CNN’s highest watermark of the summer.

ABC (3.98 million) topped all broadcast networks, followed by NBC (aforementioned 2.69 million) and CBS (2.68 million).

Fox News Channel, which had lagged behind its cable news competition when televising the daytime hearings in recent weeks, once again opted to air its regular prime time lineup. Their combo of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” (3.36 million), “Hannity” (2.52 million), and “The Ingraham Angle” (2.11 million) remained potent and on-par from their regular weeknight deliveries. As a result, the prime-time hearing was relegated to its sister outlet Fox Business Network which drew 90,000 viewers — as noted in the weekly list of network averages below; this posted an above-average weeknight figure for them.

The right-leaning Newsmax also aired their regular prime time programming on Jul. 21 (“Eric Bolling The Balance,” “Prime News,” “Greg Kelly Reports”), which averaged 200,000 viewers; +36,000 from one week prior (Jul. 14).

NBC’s other owned information network CNBC delivered 160,000 viewers from 8–10:46 PM ET.

NewsNation’s coverage drew 42,000 viewers.

Cable news averages for July 18-24, 2022:

Total Day (July 18-24 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.400 million viewers; 197,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.849 million viewers; 90,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.579 million viewers; 117,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.178 million viewers; 52,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.132 million viewers; 30,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.113 million viewers; 13,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.099 million viewers; 17,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.098 million viewers; 11,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (July 18-23 @ 8-11 p.m.; July 24 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.220 million viewers; 303,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.685 million viewers; 183,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.998 million viewers; 225,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.203 million viewers; 58,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.202 million viewers; 64,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.142 million viewers; 16,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.135 million viewers; 19,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.062 million viewers; 11,000 adults 25-54
  • NewsNation: 0.053 million viewers; 4,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top programs of other outlets with their respective associated ranks) in total viewers:

1. Jan. 6 Hearings “Hearing Night Eight” (MSNBC, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:01 PM, 165 min.) 4.879 million viewers

2. Jan. 6 Hearings “Analysis Night Eight” (MSNBC, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:46 PM, 14 min.) 4.272 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 7/20/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.618 million viewers

4. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 7/20/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.399 million viewers

5. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 7/18/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.364 million viewers

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 7/18/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.359 million viewers

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.357 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 7/19/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.319 million viewers

9. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 7/21/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.218 million viewers

10. Attack On Democracy “Jan 6th Hearings 7/21/22” (CNN, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:02 PM, 163 min.) 3.177 million viewers

347. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 7/24/2022 11:01 PM, 35 min.) 0.473 million viewers

365. Forensic Files II “On The Rocks” (HLN, Sun. 7/24/2022 10:30 PM, 30 min.) 0.421 million viewers

385. Track & Field “World Championships” (CNBC, Sun. 7/24/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.384 million viewers

402. The Daily Show (CMDY, Mon. 7/18/2022 11:00 PM, 31 min.) 0.354 million viewers

410. Kudlow (FBN, Tue. 7/19/2022 4:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.345 million viewers

413. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 7204” (TBS, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.344 million viewers

573. Highway Thru Hell “(807) Heavy Hearts” (TWC, Wed. 7/20/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.227 million viewers

620. Newsnation: Rush Hour (NWSN, Tue. 7/19/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.203 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top  programs of other outlets with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54

1. Attack On Democracy “Jan 6th Hearings 7/21/22” (CNN, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:02 PM, 163 min.) 0.803 million adults 25-54

2. Jan. 6 Hearings “Hearing Night Eight” (MSNBC, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:01 PM, 165 min.) 0.645 million adults 25-54

3. Jan. 6 Hearings “Analysis Night Eight” (MSNBC, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:46 PM, 14 min.) 0.622 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 7/20/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.571 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 7/19/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.493 million adults 25-54

6. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 7/21/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.480 million adults 25-54

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 7/18/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.461 million adults 25-54

8. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 7/20/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.447 million adults 25-54

9. Attack On Democracy “Jan 6th H. Post Analysis 7/21/22” (CNN, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:45 PM, 75 min.) 0.445 million adults 25-54

10. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 7/18/2022 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.425 million adults 25-54

104. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 7/24/2022 11:01 PM, 35 min.) 0.177 million adults 25-54

105. Forensic Files Ii “On The Rocks” (HLN, Sun. 7/24/2022 10:30 PM, 30 min.) 0.177 million adults 25-54

117. The Daily Show (CMDY, Thu. 7/21/2022 11:00 PM, 31 min.) 0.168 million adults 25-54

176. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Episode 7204” (TBS, Thu. 7/21/2022 10:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.139 million adults 25-54

252. Track & Field “World Championships” (CNBC, Sat. 7/23/2022 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.114 million adults 25-54

623. Deep Water Salvage “(208) Decontaminating The Depths” (TWC, Sun. 7/24/2022 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.043 million adults 25-54

627. Newsnation Prime (NWSN, Sun. 7/24/2022 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.042 million adults 25-54

687. The Claman Countdown (FBN, Thu. 7/21/2022 3:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.036 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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Political Polling: Cream Rising to the Top?

With primary season in full swing, major national pollsters have stepped into their cyclical period of prominence, trying to predict – or for some, shape – the trend of electoral opinion.

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It’s that time of the political cycle again.

They face off against each other, trying to prove who really has the pulse of the American electorate.

And on Election Day, voters will finally determine who is right and who is wrong.

And by they, we don’t mean the politicians. 

We mean the pollsters.

With primary season in full swing, major national pollsters have stepped into their cyclical period of prominence, trying to predict – or for some, shape – the trend of electoral opinion.

Among the most accurate in recent years have been Rasmussen Reports and the Trafalgar Group, to name just a couple. But the most ubiquitous, via his weekly online programming and various news media appearances, has been Richard Baris and his Big Data Poll.

Baris, “The People’s Pundit,” hosts weekly YouTube programs, occasionally with the renowned attorney and political analyst Robert Barnes. In addition, he has appeared on national news programs, with hosts such as Tucker Carlson, with more regular spots with Steve Bannon’s War Room and others.

With all eyes looking toward November’s Election Day, the Big Data Poll has already resumed its position as a frontrunner, giving an electoral snapshot heading into August 2nd’s primaries.

For example, two weeks ago, Baris released his Arizona statewide polls, showing considerable, and growing, leads for GOP Senate primary candidate Blake Masters and GOP Gubernatorial primary candidate Kari Lake. His data showed Lake leading by 17 and Masters by 13. 

And for being first with these developing snapshots, Baris was roundly derided and dismissed in many mainstream political circles.

But just a week later, many outlets are coming to the same conclusion as the Big Data Poll.

On Friday, the headline for Laurie Roberts’ opinion piece for the Arizona Republic read, “Kari Lake, Blake Masters, and Mark Finchem are all surging toward victory. Democrats cheer.” The article detailed the recent surge by both candidates. The same wave that was picked up early by Baris and simultaneously disbelieved by most analysts.

Roberts wrote Friday, “What was a 39-31 split in early July is now 51-33, according to the OH Predictive Insights poll, a combination of live callers and text. That resembles several other independent polls released in recent days. I didn’t believe them. Until now.” To her credit, she based her outlook on the emerging trend, first picked up by Baris.

On Friday, Rasmussen also released polls showing similar leads for the duo – Masters by 12 in his GOP Senate primary race and Lake by nine in her Arizona governor primary.

And just a day earlier, Trafalgar Group showed Masters up by eight and Lake by nine. Each reputable poll verifies what Big Data Poll had shown a week earlier. 

Baris began last week’s program by taking a victory lap of sorts.

“I just want to say before I start this that you might have noticed Doug Ducey’s own pollster. Just all the abuse last week I took with that poll, and Doug Ducey’s own pollster just came out. And so far, I’ve just seen the Governors. I’m sure it says the same thing with the Senate if they’re polling that as well. But the fact of the matter is, the CD Media Poll definitely had Kari Lake leading and our next guest (Blake Masters) leading.”

Regarding Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Baris was referring to a newly-released Data Orbital poll out of Arizona, which also showed Lake leading by 11 over Karrin Taylor Robson.

When political writer, David Catanese, tweeted the final @OHPredictive polls before this week’s primaries, which also showed Lake leading by 18 and Masters by 15, Baris tweeted, “Damn, that looks familiar. Looks like our final interviews. That’s rather remarkable.” 

The Big Data Poll has been correct with most of its polling over recent years. In 2020, he was correct in calling Florida and Ohio as big blowout states in favor of President Trump. He was also cautious, stopping short of saying the President would carry Nevada, Minnesota, or New Hampshire. His data also showed Trump would do well in Georgia and Arizona. Regarding those two electoral outcomes, both Baris and Barnes shared hours of analysis in the months that followed the 2020 election.

“I’m not being arrogant here. I don’t want it to come across as arrogance. It’s just that this happens every time,” Baris said with a laugh. “I release a poll; this is the way it is, this is what we’re finding. And there’s always these critics that say, ‘oh no, Lake does not lead by that much. Blake Masters is not winning by that much.’ Ok, whatever.”

Baris has spent countless hours over the past few years detailing the shortcomings of the current polling industry – from their methods to their agendas. He has often described the difference between reputable pollsters, whose goal is to take an accurate snapshot of public opinion, and groups that incorrectly skew their samples or build a model based on flawed surveys. He also notes that as much as who you poll and how you weigh the samples, it is crucial to examine how you ask the question.

In last week’s program, he specifically cited specific data-collecting methods as being better than others. Specifically, he said that faced with a months-long pandemic shutdown, many people signed up for internet polls and panels out of pure boredom. These people, Baris says, now make up a much higher percentage of online polls and surveys, dramatically skewing the results.

“A lot of these people are just really high-interest voters, and they don’t represent the entire electorate,” Baris said. “So these consumer panels are really blowing the metro vote way too; it’s way too much in the sampling.”

On Saturday, Baris tweeted, “It’s just crystal clear at this point that certain pollsters have no interest in correcting their repeated failures.”

Over the years, Baris’ People’s Pundit Daily and What Are The Odds, with Baris and Barnes programs, have become YouTube staples for political junkies and data nerds alike. Master classes in statistical analysis, demographic trends, and trending political issues.

Last week, Baris made a few other predictions based on his mid-year polling and gauge of the current electoral mood.

Number one – Kari Lake is the early favorite to win the race for Governor of Arizona, regardless of the mainstream media narrative that she is “unelectable.” 

Number two – in a break from the popular media narrative, his surveys found that those supporting the overturning of Roe vs. Wade are 10% more “certain to vote” than those opposing it.

And number three – Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis would be an “unbeatable ticket” en route to Republicans re-capturing the White House in 2024.

This week, we will see how Big Data’s polling holds up during the primaries. And over the next few months and a couple of years, viewers will watch Baris’ programming to see if his results remain predictive of our nation’s most crucial races and issues.

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