Elections are hard to predict: Korda Farragut Rotary

By the time this story prints, the polls will likely have either verified the United States of America has a new president-elect, Democrat Joe Biden of Delaware, or proven once again to be inaccurate with the re-election of Republican President Donald Trump.

After watching the polls during his career, longtime news media political columnist/analyist George Korda, president of Korda Communications, told Rotary Club of Farragut members he does not trust the polls.

“I don’t pay too much attention to polls anymore,” Korda said during his featured address to FRC during its Wednesday, Oct. 28, virtual meeting. “I don’t know if they’re accurate or not. There’s a complete abandonment of objectivity in the news media, generally speaking.

“A lot of big news we don’t know about is because this is all they cover,” added the conservative political analyst for WATE-TV 6. “Russia, China, COVID, Trump or Biden are not the biggest threats to our country.

“The national deficit we have now of $27 trillion is the biggest threat and no one is mentioning it. We will have to repay it. The problems that will create are monumental.”

Among major media outlets including “CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and Washington Post and the networks – all they want to cover is what they think is negative for Trump, and anything that is remotely positive they ignore,” Korda said.

“If Trump wins, much of the media would have lost all credibility and they will become irrelevant,” he added. “The average American knows that the media is out to get Trump and that’s all they care about.”

Korda reminded Rotarians that a week before the 2016 presidential election, he forecasted Hillary Clinton, the Democrat’s nominee, to have held a lead over Donald Trump in the popular vote and Electoral College — but he thought Trump had a better chance to turn “blue states into red states than Clinton had to turn red states into blue states.”

Trump, of course, surprised most national pollsters and election pundits to become president.

Korda pointed out the only issue in this election is Trump.

“The Democrats are not enthused about Biden,” he said. “They really don’t care about Biden. It’s all about Trump, and just beating him, because they hate him so much,” Korda added. “It all comes down to personality – Trump’s personality, not Biden’s personality.”