Proceeding from the assumption that every poll is a push poll, what reason could CNBC and New York Times reporter John Harwood have for hosting his own poll on Twitter this week asking which of the two Americans believe: WikiLeaks, or the U.S. intelligence community?
@JohnJHarwood these results are not gonna pan out how you wanted there John. Kind of like the Election results didn't pan out how you wanted
— John Angeles (@joshuakarla) January 6, 2017
In short, U.S. intelligence is certain that Russia did something to influence the election in favor of Donald Trump; WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, however, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview this week that the Russian hacking narrative was nothing more than an attempt to distract from the content of the leaked emails.
Harwood pitted the two against each other in his poll, and after more than 84,000 votes, the winner was clearly WikiLeaks.
Who do you believe America?
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 6, 2017
And it turns out the clear loser in the two-way poll asking who America believes was a write-in vote:
@JohnJHarwood Not you, that's for sure.
— JWF (@JammieWF) January 6, 2017
@JohnJHarwood We do not trust you, Harwood.
— Tennessean (@Mountainaires) January 6, 2017
— gab.ai/amadora2700 (@amadora2700) January 6, 2017
That probably has a lot to do with Harwood being swept up in WikiLeaks’ dump of John Podesta’s emails. In one, for example, he sent an email to Podesta calling it amazing “… that some people still think it’s worth burning so much interview time with person most likely to be next president on her emails.”
In another, GOP primary debate moderator Harwood wrote to ask the Clinton campaign’s chairman, “What should I ask Jeb?” in advance of an interview with then Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
@JohnJHarwood Um weren't you named in the Wikileaks drops? You're a hack and you should be fired. You are exactly why we hate the media.
— The Awakened (@SleepingGiant16) January 6, 2017
— Beth Martin (@BethMar08498031) January 6, 2017
@JohnJHarwood Well John it seems you appear with some frequency in those emails. Would you care to crawl under a rock now?
— Cailin4Trump? (@Cailin4Trump) January 6, 2017
— ConserValidity (@ConserValidity) January 6, 2017
— 1RonnieD ?Christmas (@1RonnieD) January 6, 2017
@JohnJHarwood Seriously? The guy who helped Hillary and stabbed Trump is asking who we believe? We believe the emails showing you're corrupt
— JUDGE-DREDD-DALLAS (@OlympianEye) January 6, 2017
— MAGADauntlessDiamond (@diamondgirl2222) January 6, 2017
— Larry House (@larryhouse) January 6, 2017
— Oscar Wilde (@OscarWildeGrey) January 6, 2017
Maybe no more online polls for a little while … you know, until Obama has assured us that Putin knows better than to try to hack the U.S. again.
— Simon Tuckerface (@SimonTemplarPV) January 6, 2017
@JohnJHarwood So, how did that survey work out for ya? ?
— Gab.ai/PattiAnn ? (@PattiBerry31666) January 6, 2017
— Ignatius Bricker (@Ig_Bricker) January 6, 2017
Out of habit, maybe.
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Harwood still has this retweet from the Washington Post in his timeline, despite the fact the story was debunked.
Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont – The Washington Post https://t.co/ywyElpqbNi
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 31, 2016
Here’s the Washington Post’s follow-up tweet on the Russian’s penetration of the electrical grid:
Update: Vermont utility says it detected malware code in laptop not connected to grid systems https://t.co/DUPAHSGJHv
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 31, 2016