And the results are hilariously profane.
I won’t post those bits here, but definitely jump over to FiveThirtyEight for the entire, unedited transcript of their conversation.
I had the chance this afternoon to speak with John Ziegler, a documentary filmmaker and former radio talk show host who built the website HowObamaGotElected.com and is promoting a forthcoming documentary of the same name. […]
Ziegler had contacted me by e-mail, asking if I’d like to interview him; the interview itself was conducted by telephone. Ziegler asked, among other conditions, that I post a full transcript of the interview, which I have. The transcript below is intended to be representative as possible from my shorthand transcript, with the exception of two or three rapid-fire ad-hominem exchanges being edited out. The transcript, however, is not safe for work.
Nate Silver [NS]: Were only Obama supporters interviewed for the [Zogby] survey, or was everyone interviewed?
John Ziegler [JZ]: The reason why I interviewed Obama supporters only is because Iâ€™m doing a documentary on the media coverage of the campaign and how the media coverage of the campaign impacted what Obama supporters knew or thought they knew about the campaign. I had planned from day one because I knew that no one would take seriously any random sampling of interviewees that I was going to commission a scientific poll of these questions. I also knew that it would be a lot cheaper for me to do a nationwide survey of Obama voters than the nation as a whole because basically Iâ€™d only have to do half the number of people to get a representative sample. When I went on FOX last night, I made a deal that if anyone on the left — you’re more than willing to take me up on this — wants to ask the exact same deal of the McCain supporters and you get examples that are equal to or worse than the Obama supporters, then Iâ€™ll pay for your expense. The point here was not to show that Obama supporters were idiots — there are plenty of idiots on both sides of the aisle — but what information they got from the media that they were able to consume.
To reiterate, what follows is not safe for work, but when did that ever stop you?