Why the Media Was Wrong About the Red Wave



Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed filmmaker Warren D. Robinson (image below).

Focusing largely on the issues of crime and inflation, media pundits and pollsters alike were predicting a red wave for the 2022 midterm elections. Many of these television personalities were forecasting that Republicans would take control of the House of Representatives by as many as 30-40 seats and also take a 1 or 2 seat advantage in the Senate. In the end it was Democrats who flipped a Senate seat (leaving it currently 50-49 in favor of the Democrats as we wait for a December runoff election for the Senate seat in Georgia) and Republicans eked out a razor thin majority in the House. “You definitely can’t call this a red wave, I wouldn’t even call this a red puddle.” Says entertainment executive, producer and attorney Warren D. Robinson. “The media completely got this wrong” says Robinson, “It was almost as bad if not worse than their predictions during the 2016 presidential election.” As for why they got it wrong Robinson places the blame squarely on one industry. “The media is reliant on polls and over the last few elections the polls have been wrong.” Robinson explains, “It’s no secret the polling industry tends to use outdated methods for conducting its research; They don’t account for traditional nonvoters like Gen Z, who showed up in droves this election, or polling biases from respondents who lie or don’t respond to phone polls.” To support his claim Robinson highlights that one of the industry’s top pollsters recently admitted he got it wrong.  Despite this Robinson believes the media isn’t letting go of polls anytime soon, he says “they’ve got to have something to talk about for months (or years) leading up to an election so polls aren’t going anywhere, no matter if they’re right or wrong.”

According to a statement, “Entertainment executive and producer, Warren D. Robinson believes that when organizations are willing to have open and honest conversations about race and their own bias they can commit to meaningful change. We have seen this recently in the form of Hollywood award shows, particularly, the Grammys and the Academy Awards (Oscars). The Recording Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have both taken concrete steps to diversify their ranks and address inherit biases in their voting processes. As a result we have the most diverse crop of award winners/nominees, respectively, we’ve ever seen. Contrast that with the scandal and production shutdown currently at CBS’s The Talk, which resulted because a co-host was unable to properly engage in a conversation about race, address her own bias and commit to doing better. ‘The key part to every conversation’ Warren says, ‘starts with listening. Listening and hearing are different and if you are unable to listen then you are unable to have a conversation.’


“Warren D. Robinson, is an avid and accomplished entertainment executive, motivational speaker, host, life coach and award winning producer who created the wildly popular series, Buried by the Bernards, which is currently streaming on Netflix.


“Warren has served as an entertainment consultant, manager and producer, facilitating, appearing and negotiating high powered deals on behalf of his clients in front of such companies as: Warner Brothers, BET, CNN, Freemantle, Best Buy, TV ONE, Netflix, Lifetime, Fox News, WE TV, E!, NBC Universal, Viacom and more. In addition, Warren’s entertainment prowess includes coordinating, partnering and/or producing events for: legendary actress Pam Grier, Taraji P Henson, Gabrielle Union, Vivica A Fox, Soul singer Eddie Levert (of the O’Jays), Comedian Mike Epps, Angie Stone, Flavor Flav, the Indianapolis Colts, Donna Joyner-Richardson, Stephanie Mills, Erykah Badu and Tom Joyner among others. Warren graduated from Indiana University (B.A.-Political Science) and Howard University School Of Law (J.D.).”

Learn more about Warren D. Robinson and his work here.


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