By Arthur Alpert
Here’s what Rasmussen Reports, the national polling firm, said Thursday, July 24:
“A new statewide telephone survey of Likely New Mexico Voters finds Martinez and King each with 43% support. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, and another seven percent (7%) are undecided.”
Big surprise, huh? Many New Mexicans, given Governor Martinez’s overwhelming advantage in campaign dollars, probably figured she was miles ahead. And Rasmussen has a reputation as GOP-friendly.
I know the poll buoyed lots of Democrats because their exuberance was all over the blogosphere. Joe Monahan wrote an insightful column on the Rasmussen poll in Dan Vukelich’s (lively) new “Albuquerque Free Press”.
Me, I’ve no idea if the race is tight or if Rasmussen’s results were an aberration.
But this I do know – the Albuquerque Journal never reported it.
You read that right. Here we are three weeks later, and the Journal has carried lots of poll results. One was its own July 13 “flash poll” that showed folks cool to President Obama’s handling of immigration and landed – big surprise – on the front page!
But not a word on a poll result that’s – on its face – bad news for its candidate.
What? Am I saying the Journal is behind Governor Martinez?
My conclusion is based on some blatant evidence, like the Journal’s lack of interest in how the Martinez administration started getting rid of 15 behavioral health contractors even before it read a questionable audit. What we know about the Administration’s behind-the-scene operations is almost exclusively courtesy of New Mexico In Depth, the Las Cruces Sun-News, Santa Fe Reporter and KUNM radio.
Also in the blatant category is the daily’s sudden loss of all interest in Secretary of State Duran’s claims that lots of New Mexicans were voting fraudulently when, after reporter Dan Boyd questioned them, her numbers started to shrivel.
If memory serves, the ACLU is pursuing her records, not the Journal.
For at the Journal, not all transparency is created equal.