Pollsters slam ‘incredibly patronizing, fact devoid arrogance’ at Washington Post

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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Public Policy Polling lashed out at the Washington Post on Thursday, criticizing the paper’s political reporters after one tweeted that there was no good polling in North Carolina — a state where PPP regularly polls voters.

“Trying to figure out whether the Washington Post is still a relevant media outlet or not. Problem? Almost no good reporters there,” tweeted PPP, linking back to a tweet sent by The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza’s, editor of The Fix politics blog.

Tweets from Public Policy Polling on July 5

Cillizza had tweeted earlier that he was “[t]rying to figure out whether NC is a “toss up” or a “lean Romney” state. The problem? Almost no good polling in state.”

PPP linked back to its final 2008 poll in North Carolina, then continued on the offensive against Post reporters. The firm released polling from the state mid-June of this year.

“I actually like most WaPo reporters I’m familiar with but the incredibly patronizing, fact devoid arrogance of some can be too much,” PPP added on its Twitter feed.

Cillizza, who evidently had not meant to cause offense, quickly tweeted back to clarify that he was not attacking PPP’s polling.

“I said there was almost no good polling in NC. Not no good polling. Man, the @pppolls lobby is strong!” he tweeted.

With that, the polling firm seemed to quickly forgive, tweeting, “@TheFix ok you’re not so bad! Just have to defend the brand.”

PPP subsequently deleted its two tweets attacking the Post. The polling firm did not respond to requests for comment.

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