Flashback: Remember How The DOJ Sued Gallup After Axelrod Complained About Their Polls?
Since it's apparently cool to distrust government now, maybe it's not a bad idea to revisit one of the 2012 stories Media Matters sneered was just a wingnut "conspiracy theory".
Last September, The Daily Caller obtained internal emails between senior officials at The Gallup Organization that showed David Axelrod attempting to intimidate Gallup when its numbers were unfavorable to Obama.
In one of the featured emails, a senior Gallup official said he thought Axelrod’s pressure sounded "a little like a Godfather situation.”
“Imagine Axel[rod] with Brando’s voice: ‘[Name redacted], I’d like you to come over and explain your methodology… You got a nice poll there… would be a shame if anything happened to it…’”
In a second email chain titled “slanderous link about Gallup methodology,” another senior Gallup official noted that a Washington Examiner story on Axelrod’s anti-Gallup tweet was “on [the] Drudge [Report] right now,” before writing that the episode was “[s]o politically motivated, it’s laughable.”
“As they say in b-ball: he’s trying to work the refs,” that official wrote to other senior Gallup staffers. “What a joke. Axel’s had a bad week. He got in the middle of the Ann Romney thing. Then said the country is going in the wrong direction. (Oops!) Now he’s swinging at us.”
After Gallup refused to change their polling methodology to please Axelrod, Obama’s Department of Justice sicced it with an unrelated lawsuit.
The Daily Caller withheld the names of the Gallup officials that took part in the email exchanges in order to protect them from retaliation from the Obama administration.