Is the Orlando Sentinel rigging its Daily Poll through Twitter?

Earlier today a tweet from the The Orlando Sentinel got my attention. It wasn’t so much the content of the tweet that first grabbed my attention, but the hashtags that the account administrator at the Sentinel choose to use.

For those who are not familiar with Twitter, hashtags are denoted by “#” in a tweet. The Twitter Help Center explains how hashtags are used to categorize tweets:

Hashtags: Helping you find interesting Tweets

  • People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets to show more easily in Twitter Search
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet
  • Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics

By including the hashtags #OWS #Obama and #OccupyOrlando, the administrator was directing the tweet to the far left activists of the Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Orlando Movements.

Why would the administrator of the Orlando Sentinel hope to get the attention of the Occupy Movement? Well, the tweet provided a link to Orlando Sentinel’s daily poll called “The Buzz”. The question at the poll today was about Obama’s new tax proposal.

Here is the poll:

What do you think?

Should Congress adopt President Obama’s State of the Union proposal to create a 30 percent minimum income tax rate for millionaires?

  • Yes. It’s fundamentally unfair when millionaires like Mitt Romney exploit lower tax rates on investments and tax loopholes to reduce their overall rates below what middle class people pay.
  • No. If millionaires pay a minimum rate, they’ll have less money and less incentive to make job-creating investments. Waging class warfare against millionaires will hurt the economy.
  • Yes. Millionaires need to pay higher rates to generate more tax money to reduce the deficit and make investments in areas that’ll build the economy like research, roads and education.
  • No. The rich already pay most of the taxes. Soaking them even more won’t solve the nation’s budget problems. Congress needs to cut spending, not raise taxes

It sure looks like the Orlando Sentinel was trying to rig the results of its daily poll by directing it to the Occupy Movement. This disturbing evidence reveals the Sentinel’s complicity in a violent movement that seeks to further Marxist policies.

Has the Orlando Sentinel ever used common conservative hashtags such as #teaparty or #tcot (top conservative on twitter)? I’ve never seen the Sentinel send a tweet using these hastags.

As I looked more closely at the Orlando Sentinel’s Twitter account, I was curious to find out what accounts the Sentinel chooses to follow on Twitter. Of the 318 accounts the Sentinel follows, I saw Barrack Obama but I didn’t see Governor Rick Scott. I saw the Daily Show but I didn’t see the O’Reilly Factor. I saw the Twitter accounts of “OccupyOrlando” and “OccupyTampa”, but I didn’t see any local tea party accounts.

Given the facts that the tea party movement has been around much longer, draws greater numbers to its rallies and has accomplished much more than the Occupy Movement, one would think that Orlando Sentinel would follow at least one of the local tea parties!

It looks like the Orlando Sentinel is using its Twitter account to promote the liberal agenda of the Democrat Party.

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5 thoughts on “Is the Orlando Sentinel rigging its Daily Poll through Twitter?

  1. It would have been great if you had contacted us instead of coming up with theories based on your observations. Sadly, you did not and your blog post is very inaccurate. I will make sure to write up a column explaining all of your inaccuracies tomorrow.

    Thanks!

    P.S. If you are ever in the market for facts or explanations, feel free to email me at jesullivan@tribune.com.

    • I can hardly wait to be enlightened by this journo-activist at the Sentinel. I bet the ink is still drying on her college diploma!

  2. And the Tribune Co. and the Sentinel continue to bleed subscribers. I stopped reading that rag over 3 years ago as their left wing bias finally became too much to stomach. Of course this poll is rigged, they need results to fit their agenda. Even the question is skewed to get a result that would favor their political ideology. What is even more insulting is nearly half their all the adults in this country pay zero in income taxes yet I see no poll addressing this.

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