Soledad O’Brien was just interviewing the CNN undecided voter focus group. She asked them (quoting from memory): “How many of you changed your mind based upon tonight’s debate.” A whole bunch of hands went up. But — and this is not a joke — O’Brien refused to ask them who they’d would vote for because voting is a “private matter.”
I’m not making this up.
Why on earth have a focus group and not ask them that? Who agrees to participate in such a group without expecting that question? What kind of journalist thinks that way? It was one of the strangest things I’ve seen in a long while.
Update: I’m being told that this is actually CNN’s standard policy for focus groups, which I think is just plain crazy.