KEILAR: Let me ask you about this. You say it is not a shake-up, but you guys are down.COHEN: Says who?KEILAR: Polls. Most of them. All of them?COHEN: Says who?KEILAR: Polls. I just told you. I answered your question.COHEN: Okay. Which polls?KEILAR: All of them.COHEN: Okay. And your question is?
It's a glorious little snippet from the 2016 campaign. Basically every national poll showed Trump trailing; Cohen decided he'd simply pretend the polls didn't exist.
And now Cohen is back at it, finding a media conspiracy where there is none.
Cohen decided on Tuesday night, as the results were rolling in, that not only were the polls against Donald Trump, but the actual counting of electoral votes was too.
But there's really no secret here. Cable networks and news outlets like The Washington Post all make their own decisions about when to call certain states; there isn't one central count from which networks can pick and choose which states to include.
At about 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, Fox had simply projected 19 more electoral votes for Trump, handing him Missouri's 10 electoral votes and South Carolina's 9 before CNN had. Shortly after Cohen's tweet, CNN gave Trump South Carolina. Many outlets still haven't awarded him Missouri yet.
CNN, for what it's worth, does not like the idea of having fewer electoral votes counted than its competitor. But making these calls involves caution, so as not to call a state that later goes the other way. (See: Florida in 2000.)
Nor would CNN really have anything to gain from not giving Trump electoral votes which he'll almost definitely be awarded eventually. If it's part of their agenda, it's not clear what the end goal would be — besides making Michael Cohen angry.