The Lynn Item decided to run an online poll on who (internet) readers would prefer for their Senator -- which isn't odd. Many newspapers have done that. Scott Brown happened to win the online poll, for whatever that matters (not much).
However, not many newspapers have then used those online -- unscientific -- polls to thus exclaim about a candidate "Greater Lynn Voters Prefers Scott Brown by Wide Margin," like the Lynn Item did... in today's above-the-fold, headline article. Furthermore, they did so without mentioning the fact that their poll was not a scientific poll and failing to include "internet poll" in the headline.
The Lynn Item has never been the kind of paper that's had a lot of journalistic integrity, at least as long as I can remember. However, this really takes the cake. Reporting this "poll" as if it had a shred of credibility, then using it for a headline article on the Monday before the election to make it appear as if Scott Brown enjoys any kind of real advantage in the greater region is asinine.
The frustrating thing is this would have been a fantastically interesting poll to take -- if the Lynn Item wanted to do it the journalistic way and conduct a real poll. I'd have enjoyed reading that article. But the fact remains that this poll was utterly meaningless and the article was therefore horseshit. Way to stay classy, Lynn Item. With utter crap like this, maybe the demise of the local, daily paper isn't such a bad thing?