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Frank Luntz Asked by Kurtz If He’s ‘Part of the Problem’ in Politics

Political pollster Frank Luntz conducted one of his widely revered TV friendly focus groups on Fox News’s MediaBuzz Sunday, focusing on Americans’ distrust in the news media.

The focus group largely reflected national polls that show an intense distrust in the media as a whole. Show host Howard Kurtz and Luntz agreed that Luntz’s findings weren’t good for politics in the U.S. But Kurtz wondered if Luntz, arguably the single-most responsible figure in manipulating public political opinion, is “part of the problem.”

“You came up with words and phrases to help elect Republicans and to put Democrats on the defensive,” Kurtz said, “so, are you part of the problem?”

Luntz countered by raising the question of whether phrases he has coined, like “death tax” (estate tax) and “opportunities in education” (school vouchers), are accurate. “If you believe that the words that I”m using aren’t accurate, then you’ve got a legitimate point,” he said. Luntz, however, said he doesn’t buy into it.

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