At a time when President Obama’s approval ratings are at an all-time low, mainstream media outlets are cloaking him in an unprecedented layer of protection. If you depended only on ABC, CBS, and NBC for your news, you might indeed have no idea that Obama’s popularity had taken such a hit. Despite these very networks paying to have polls conducted on the president’s approval ratings, they are going out of there way to avoid reporting on the results.
Last week, the CBS Evening News made brief mention of its own Tuesday poll, reporting that only 36% of Americans backed the president on his foreign policy work. That was the lone mention of approval polls for any of the three networks over the last couple of weeks. That these media outlets would spin news regarding the president is certainly nothing new, but their steadfast determination to ignore the widespread disapproval ratings is blatant even for them.
Of course, Obama – who claims he avoids the news because of the “haters” – has always been glorified and shielded by the major news networks. In fact, it is their very refusal to report the facts that makes it even more damning that the prez’s approval ratings are so low. Either that, or it proves that more Americans than ever are turning to independent media channels for their news.
Don’t Talk to Me About Reality, Libtards
What’s hilarious is that liberals continue to insist that there is no such bias, parroting pithy phrases like, “Reality has a known liberal bias.” This denial doesn’t change the facts, though. Obama was celebrated as the prince in waiting as he campaigned for the first time, with the media choosing to focus on the historicity of his potential win rather than the substance of his campaign. Sarah Palin was raked over the coals for her lack of experience in office, garnering a disproportionate amount of press for a vice-presidential candidate. They turned her into a buffoon, presenting Tina Fey’s SNL impressions into a major news story and twisting her plainspoken manner into an argument for her ignorance.
Americans have more access to real news than ever before, but it’s inevitable that many voters will rely on the nightly half-hour digest to tell them what’s going on in the world. After all, many are too busy working, raising families, and living their lives to spend their time tracking down the real stories. If we’re to concede that ABC, NBC, and CBS are the primary sources of news for millions of Americans, then it is all the more important that they take that responsibility seriously. It’s great that Fox News can present the other side of the coin, but one cable channel is hardly an adequate response to the three major networks.
What can we do? Not much, but it’s important to call out media bias when we see it, raise awareness among people who depend on the major networks for the majority of their news, and find alternative sources that present a bigger and better picture of what’s going on in the world.