On Wednesday’s Cuomo Prime Time after the House vote to impeach President Trump, CNN weekend host Michael Smerconish took a shot at the American voters by kvetching that, according to polls, support for impeachment has gone down. And as for why, he surmised that it’s perhaps because Americans have incorrectly deemed it too partisan, decided to tune it out, and that they’re too busy to truly understand the severity of Trump’s actions.
Not long after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) began tallying the House vote for the first Article of Impeachment against President Trump Wednesday night, NBC political director Chuck Todd began to complain about how the latest NBC News poll on impeachment showed an unpersuaded public. To that, he huffed about the “factual debate” and how he found it “bizarre” that the President was getting cheered at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan.
CNN's Jeffrety Toobin refuses to believe the results of CNN's own poll, showing a rather dramatic drop in Democrat support for impeachment: from 90% down to 77%. Here was poor Jeffrey, in the depths of denial: "I don’t believe that poll for one second, the 90 to 77%. I don’t believe it. It makes no sense that that number would change like that . . . David, that poll is wrong. Just because I said so, okay?"
On Tuesday, one year out from the 2020 presidential election, NBC’s Today show fretted over polls showing some of the Democratic frontrunners struggling to defeat President Trump in several key battleground states. The discussion focused on concerns that Democrats were “overconfident” about their electoral chances and even “distracted by all the impeachment” efforts against Trump.
As part of their political coverage on Sunday Today, NBC News showed off a new poll they did (in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal) that claimed 49 percent of Americans supported impeaching and removing President Trump from office. But all was not well for political director and Meet the Press moderator, Chuck Todd. He worried that the “higher hurdle for the Democrats” was convincing the public that Trump needed to be removed.
On Thursday morning, as CNN geared up for its evening town hall special on gay rights with the Democratic presidential candidates, the network's New Day show ran a couple of segments on the issue of LGBT rights. One segment highlighted a reported increase in hate crimes against transgenders in which the story managed to invoke the unrelated upcoming Supreme Court case on LGBT discrimination by employers. And, speaking with the new president of the pro-gay Human Rights Campaign, co-host John Berman cued up his guest to complain that President Donald Trump has not been far enough to the left on gay rights.
“Resign! Get Out!” The View co-host Joy Behar demanded of President Trump, to start Thursday’s show. Behar blasted Republicans, who were criticizing the President for pulling U.S. forces out of Syria in the fight against ISIS, but didn’t “stand up” to him over the border family separation policy. Her co-host Sunny Hostin also misled viewers by falsely claiming a Fox News poll showed 25% of Republicans now supported impeachment.
“The survey did not include a question about respondents' support or opposition to an impeachment inquiry,” ABC News explained in a Sunday morning article about the results of their new ABC News/Ipsos poll on President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine. Despite not asking about their support for impeachment, chief anchor and Clinton lackey George Stephanopoulos appeared on Good Morning America and declared that support for impeachment among Americans was “climbing”.
On Wednesday, just one day before ABC News hosts the third Democratic primary debate ahead of 2020, Good Morning America co-host and debate moderator George Stephanopoulos excitedly touted new poll results showing President Trump “trailing all the top Democrats in head-to-head match-ups.” If only such hypothetical results nine months before the start of the general election campaign actually mattered.
On Tuesday, ABC’s Good Morning America eagerly touted the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll showing a “dramatic drop in the President’s approval rating” that “seems to be fueled by real concerns about the economy.” Following weeks of the media rooting for a recession to hurt Trump’s reelection chances, the ABC morning show appeared thrilled that tactic was working with some of its viewers.
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports reveals most Americans believe that journalists are more liberal than they are, and deserve scrutiny, despite the fervent objections from The New York Times. There’s even more bad news for the liberal media: the majority also agreed President Trump’s attacks on the press were “appropriate.”
On her weekly Sinclair TV show Full Measure on August 18, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson interviewed pollster Scott Rasmussen about journalists’ standing in the public square. They’re about as trusted as Wikipedia, the website considered so unreliable that school teachers often tell students they can’t cite them as a source for their research papers. Only 38 percent said national political coverage is accurate and reliable, while 42 percent said it was not.