This week on CounterSpin: Most of the coverage of the political conventions focused on what was going on inside the arenas; so what about what was happening outside? Crackdowns on protests, arrests of journalists, and pre-emptive house raids could provide a very different measure of the state of American democracy. Heidi Boghosian of the National Lawyers Guild will join us to tell us what she saw.
Also on the show: A new book attests to what some have long suspected: that opinion polls can distort understanding of public opinion more than illuminate it– ginning up controversy where none exists and giving an unearned stamp of public approval to policies favored by the powerful. David Moore was a senior editor at the Gallup Poll for 13 years; he’s author of The Opinion Makers: An Insider Exposes the Truth Behind the Polls. We’ll hear what he has to say.
—The Opinion Makers: An Insider Exposes the Truth Behind the Polls, by David W. Moore