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ABC Reprimands Producer For Giving Data To Trump Campaign
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7 Dec 2017 01:33 AM EST

On election night 2016, ABC News' top producer for investigative reporting gave Donald Trump’s presidential campaign proprietary exit polling data. That producer has been reprimanded for doing so. Chris Vlasto -- then-executive producer of “Good Morning America” and now senior executive producer for investigative reporting -- called Bossie, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, at 5:01 p.m. on election night with information being shared within a consortium of the Associated Press and the major TV networks. Two sources familiar with the consortium process told POLITICO that Vlasto should not have been providing such detailed information to people outside the group, which spends millions of dollars on exit polling and shares the information on Election Day. Representatives from the AP and TV networks crunch the numbers under strict quarantine until 5 p.m. on election night, at which time they can share the data with other members of their own organizations involved in coverage. News organizations involved in the consortium typically warn staffers not to provide specific, exit poll numbers to outsiders, especially given that the polls are still open.

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