Sometimes the media is blatant in its bias, sometimes subtle, sometimes both. Case in point, poll numbers.
Certainly, there has not been equal treatment by the media when comparing the poll numbers of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Obama’s numbers are plunging faster than the economy itself, faster than W’s and faster than anybody could’ve ever imagined at this point. The activist old media is building up Obama, while his public numbers are takin’ a terrific tumble. It’s blatant. We all see it, we all know it.
It’s also subtle.
The line in the title of this column was used often in stories about George W. Bush. “With his poll numbers dropping….” You could add just about anything you want after that, and usually the media did:
- “With his poll numbers dropping President Bush addressed the media today.”
- “With his poll numbers dropping President Bush welcomed the Prime Minister of Great Britain today.”
- “With his poll numbers dropping President Bush participated in the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House today.”
I remember that line well because I removed it many times from scripts when it was not relevant. I left it in when it was. Just because the AP put something in a script didn’t mean that I had to read it.
I’m still waiting to hear that line used relative to the Cold Hearted Social Engineer in the White House.
Could you imagine the TV networks beginning story about Obama with the line, “With his poll numbers dropping, President Obama today planned his next vacation…..” Not gonna happen, probably never gonna happen.