For Steve May and the Independent, that point came last week after they discovered that their pollster had acted unethically. So they decided to stand up:
We fired The Independent Weekly's pollster, Verne Kennedy, last week...once we learned that Kennedy and MRI were responsible for conducting ...last week's anti-LUS fiber "push" poll to area residents, we immediately severed our relationship with him. Engaging in the sleazy business of push polling is a bridge too far for us.That's pretty "stand up." "Stand up" is another of those old phrases, a phrase for someone who goes ahead and does the right thing. That's what we're seeing here. And the Independent minces no words about what's wrong with push polls and by extension those who practice, commission and condone them; it's not clever marketing—it is lying. And worse:
The greatest danger from the practice is its capacity to spread lies and disinformation about candidates or issues without the perpetrator having to take ownership of the lie.What the Independent is saying is that it won't tolerate or be associated with folks who spread lies, most especially when it's done from behind the cover of anonymity. This public and final act serves notice that even friends who engage in this sort of behavior are in line for condemnation. That kind of integrity isn't easy in today's world and is rarer than it should be.
Push polling tries to deny us, as voters, the ability to connect the dots between the lie and those who benefit from its telling. It should have no place in Lafayette.
Kudos to Steve May and the Independent.