On Tuesday's New Day on CNN, as Senator John Kennedy appeared as a guest to discuss the Republican tax cut plan, the Louisiana Republican implicated the "negative" media coverage of the proposal after host Chris Cuomo brought up a CNN poll finding that most Americans oppose the plan.
On Friday’s Morning Joe, the show’s liberal pundits doubled down on their claim that everybody around Trump thinks he has signs of serious mental deterioration. Host Joe Scarborough did not reveal his source for yesterday’s assertion that Trump has “dementia,” but he and the other panelists used this claim to advocate for current military servicemen and presidential cabinet members to “stand up to Trump” and not follow orders from the President. USA Today senior politics reporter Heidi Przybyla also took the opportunity to misrepresent a poll from the Military Times, claiming that it supported the idea that most military officers think Trump is mentally not “fit” to be commander-in-chief. The poll that she appeared to be referencing asked no such thing of the troops that it surveyed.
On Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America touted a new ABC News/Washington Post poll claiming that a majority of Americans oppose the Republican tax plan that was announced on Thursday. The only problem was that the survey was conducted October 29 through November 1, meaning that any questions about tax reform were asked before the GOP actually released the legislative proposal.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Thursday afternoon asked respondents to convict President Trump of an unknown “crime” in relation to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The leading question found “49 percent think it is likely Trump himself committed a crime in connection with possible Russian attempts to influence the election,” though most admitted that “this view is based on suspicion rather than hard evidence.”
A new survey revealing white millennials aren’t as liberal as their “enlightened” minority peers has liberal columnists at The Washington Post spooked and afraid this Halloween. Jonathan Capehart admitted in today’s paper, that the survey’s results were “alarming” and “worrisome” because they revealed white millennials weren’t as virulently anti-Trump or radically liberal in their political viewpoints as their peers. The horror!
On Monday’s Morning Joe, excitement was in the air as the panel spent most of the broadcast speculating about and then reporting on the Mueller team’s indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. However, before the specifics of the charges became public, the liberal pundits took the opportunity to go over a recent poll by Axios and SurveyMonkey that evaluated what Americans believe about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In spite of some pushback, Joe Scarborough insisted on interpreting Republicans’ lack of concern about purported Russian ads on Facebook and Twitter as evidence that “75% of Republicans” “do not care that the Kremlin tried to rig America's presidential election.”
On Friday, Lisa Marie Pane and Emily Swanson at the Associated Press betrayed more than a little sadness that "The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans’ opinions about gun laws." This unfortunate (in their view) polling result was achieved despite a ridiculous weighting of the poll's sample towards Democrats accompanied by a failure to identify the overall political outlooks (vs. party affiliations) of those who were sampled.
According to a poll conducted by Politico and Morning Consult, nearly half of American voters distrust the media’s reporting on President Trump and his administration. Not only that, but they believe journalists deliberately fabricate stories about Trump. More surprising, it’s not just Republicans or Trump supporters who believe this.
On Tuesday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, frequent MSNBC Republican guest David Frum lamented over the trend towards loosening gun laws -- even after high-profile mass shootings -- and then predicted that it would be necessary to convince gun owners that "you're a bad parent if you have a gun in the house" to get the public to support more gun restrictions.
This isn't a great poll number for the press. Gallup reports that “Just over a third of Americans (37%) in 2017 say news organizations generally get the facts straight, unchanged from the last time Gallup asked this question in 2003.” While overall perception of the media’s accuracy is stable, major partisan shifts emerged over the past 14 years. Republicans' trust in the media's accuracy has fallen considerably, while Democrats' opinions on the matter have swung in the opposite direction. Sixty-two percent of Democrats believe the media get the facts straight...compared to just 14 percent of Republicans.
Taxpayer-funded PBS and NPR are now in the polling business with Marist College, and like the other networks, their polls are often used to support putting heat on Republicans. On Wednesday, they announced they had found a majority of Americans were disappointed with the president’s responsive to the violence in Charlottesville. PBS then ignored their own finding that 62 percent favored leaving Confederate statues in place, while only 27 percent want them removed. NPR reported it once, and then insisted that had nothing to do with Charlottesville.
Buried in the weeds: They also asked if Americans approve or disapprove of Black Lives Matter: 50 percent disapproved, and only 33 percent approved. They even asked about approval of Antifa, but few had heard of them yet: Five percent approved, 24 percent disapproved.
It was ironic on Tuesday that the network that continues to employ proven liar Brian Williams accused the Trump White House of having a “credibility problem.” During a Today show interview with United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, co-host Savannah Guthrie demanded: “...there’s a new poll out just last night and it shows that the vast majority of Americans do not trust the information they’re getting out of the White House....Does the White House have a credibility problem? Does that concern you?”