Fox News host Tucker Carlson is calling for the firing of media pollsters after Tuesday night’s results revealed that opinion polls taken ahead of Election Day were, once again, way off the mark.
During coverage of the presidential election, Carlson was asked about his thoughts on the polling industry. “I can name some of the people that should be much fired immediately, and I think I will,” he said, according to Breitbart.
“I just need to calm enough to get their names on paper. The instinct of every — this is true of every industry because this is a function of human nature, but you cover for yourself, you think of an excuse,” the Tucker Carlson Tonight host added.
He went on: “Your children do it. ‘Well, there’s a good reason…’ No, no, you screwed up.”
“Go do something useful”
Just like in 2016, when pollsters similarly gave President Donald Trump no chance of winning, Americans are once again finding themselves caught in what could be one of the tightest races of modern U.S. history.
According to Carlson, it’s time for some apologies.
“You have to acknowledge it in order to get better,” he said Tuesday, according to Breitbart. “But we in the media are particularly good at pretending that there is some reason that we misled our view viewers or our readers. We really should stop doing that because too much is at stake.”
The Fox host said the only way to fix things is to hold “the people who screwed up accountable.”
“And that’s just by firing them,” Carlson remarked, as Breitbart reported. “And they can go do something useful, like hang drywall or learn to paint or do something else. But they cannot keep discrediting the work of the rest of us by screwing up in the way they have. I think that is a fair ask.”
Déjà vu for the media
Of course, Carlson is right that the media and its subsidiaries get things wrong regularly, yet there are no consequences for their misleading reports.
Unfortunately for him, Carlson himself is working in an industry that has already lost the trust of the people. In the eyes of Americans, the media has proven time and time again that they cannot be trusted to be objective and non-partisan.
It seems no lessons have been learned in the four years since 2016. If major pollsters and newspapers want Americans to take them seriously, they’re going to have to start getting things right.