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?

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.

And it turns out the clear loser in the two-way poll asking who America believes was a write-in vote:

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.

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.

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.

Here’s the Washington Post’s follow-up tweet on the Russian’s penetration of the electrical grid: