NBC's 1980 Election Night Coverage: Shock, Dismay -- and Faulty Polling
RUSH: Yesterday on this program I discussed the 1980 election, Ronaldus Magnus and Jimmy Carter, and in it I described the election night coverage that night and how I will never forget it. Because this was the election that they called it for Reagan before California had even closed the polls, it was such a landslide.
Yet the last polling data going into the election in 1980 had Jimmy Carter winning by nine points. And so Cookie went back to the archives and got a bunch of audio from John Chancellor, Judy Woodruff, Tom Brokaw and David Brinkley on NBC’s election night coverage of 1980 simply because of the way I had described it yesterday. It was even discussed on Fox & Friends today. So we’ll start with those two just to set it up.