Two-by-two, polling specialists from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and the Associated Press will go into rooms in New York and Washington shortly before noon Tuesday. Their cellphones and BlackBerrys will be confiscated; proctors will monitor the doors; and for the next five hours, these experts will pore over exit-poll data from across the country.
So... the immediate questions. Why them? What gives those particular outlets the right to see the data first? It's seems very anachronistic to give traditional broadcast and print media the exit polls, but no one else. Are we really that frightened of our frail voting percentage that people will stay at home if numbers look glum for their party? Are these polls going to be any less correct or erroneous after voting closes? Either take polls and make that information free, or don't poll people at all. Let's see if the bloggers get their leaks.