No good news for Dems allowed at LA Times blog

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Take a look at the last several headlines on the LA Times' Top of the Ticket blog that deal with polling about the two political parties' national political prospects:

New Gallup poll shows GOP gains while Democrats are caught in giant sinkhole

June 2, 2010 | 6:58 am

'Throw everybody out!' -- New Gallup poll shows Americans unhappy with both parties

June 1, 2010 | 6:31 am

The incredibly shrinking favorable ratings for the Democratic Congress

May 24, 2010 | 5:48 am

Hidden Republican edge in 2010: voter intensity

May 13, 2010 | 8:56 am

Americans not buying Obama's hopeful economy talk

April 26, 2010 | 5:38 am

Obama's fifth-quarter Gallup approval slips, among worst 3 of modern presidents

April 20, 2010 | 3:42 pm

Good thing Obama says he disregards polls; He wouldn't like these

April 5, 2010 | 11:18 am

Post-healthcare Gallup Poll finds Republicans now leading on congressional ballot

April 1, 2010 | 2:28 am

Notice a pattern? Of course you do.

But haven't the Democrats gotten any good polling news over the past few months? Well, as a matter of fact, they have -- but the Los Angeles Times' Top of the Ticket bloggers apparently don't want you to know about it.

For example, in a poll conducted May 17-23, Gallup found that Democratic candidates had a slight edge over Republicans -- the first lead Democrats had in Gallup's generic ballot question in two months. Top of the Ticket didn't report that news.

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted May 19-24 gave Democrats a 6-point advantage on the generic ballot. Top of the Ticket didn't report that news.

CNN polls conducted April 9-11 and May 21-23 both gave Democrats a generic ballot lead. Top of the Ticket didn't report that news.

An early May Ipsos poll found Democrats in the generic ballot lead; Top of the Ticket didn't report that news, either.

Now, Top of the Ticket blogger Andrew Malcolm -- a former Bush flak -- admits to cherry-picking poll results for his posts. And his colleague Jimmy Orr (who also worked for George W. Bush) shows signs of being little more than a Malcolm Mini-Me. But the polling headline disparity shown above comes via a look at all Top of the Ticket posts tagged with the word "polls," not just those produced by the Bush boys. And yet there is not even a hint of balance.

Los Angeles Times
Andrew Malcolm, Jimmy Orr
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