Ignore It and It'll Go AwaySep 10, 2014
If you were paying attention to the mainstream media in the final years of the Bush presidency, you may remember the obsession with the President’s declining poll numbers. But in recent months, as President Obama’s policies, or lack thereof, have finally soured the public, there has been a censoring of his crashing poll numbers by the three major television news networks. That, according to a study by the Media Research Center. According to MRC:
Media Research Center analysts reviewed every reference on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts to public opinion polls from January 1 through August 31, 2014, and from the same time period in 2006. Eight years ago, the networks aired 124 evening news reports which cited public opinion polls about either President Bush’s overall approval rating or his handling of specific policies. In 2014, those same broadcasts produced only nine reports which mentioned public opinion surveys related to President Obama.
Alright, so the media has been busy covering the IRS scandal, the Bengazi scandal, the President’s obsession with golf, the…oh, wait. Never mind.
What’s more remarkable is the three major broadcast networks burying their own polling. According to MRC, ABC, CBS and NBC have commissioned 15 separate polls to rate President Obama’s performance as president, with 13 showing his approval below 50 percent. And the number of stories done on those 15 polls?
Last week, Gallup, one of the more respected pollsters, found the President’s approval ranking at 38 percent, the lowest of his presidency. Not a single major network has mentioned it.