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If numbers favor Trump, CBS News simply omits them

by | Apr 2, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

If you are a regular reader of NRL News Today, then you may remember that on Wednesday we dipped into how the Associated Press managed to mangle the growing approval numbers for pro-life President Trump in general but also better numbers for his handling of THE #1 issue of our day– the COVID-19 virus—in particular. In a word, the AP took its poll just four days after the Washington Post/ABC News took theirs and someone found a huge drop. 

It made no sense then, it makes no sense now—unless you believe (as I do) that someone had an agenda. (BTW, you would never accuse the Washington Post of hyping public support for a president they despise. But their poll found 51% approval of the President’s handling of the crisis to 45% disapproval.)

But, of course, CBS News couldn’t and wouldn’t miss an opportunity to misstate the situation. Here’s the headline for Scott Whitlock’s’ piece over at Newsbusters: “CBS Skips Its Own Poll Showing Majority of Americans Support Trump on Coronavirus Pandemic.”

What?! CBS News had plenty of time to talk about the public anticipating the pandemic will get worse. But you’d have to go to their webpage or to their tweets to find out that

Marks for President Trump’s handling of the outbreak remain mixed and have not dramatically changed from last week, with 51% saying he’s doing a good job — down two points since last week — and 49% a bad one.

Whitlock adds

Speaking of “last week,” on March 24, CBS polled on the topic and found similar results. That day, the morning show allowed 10 seconds on Trump’s approval for COVID-19. This week, the show’s hosts couldn’t manage that.

What about ABC? According to Whitlock

On March 20, ABC followed a similar pattern. Good Morning America’s Amy Robach managed just 10 seconds to a poll finding nearly identical results: “And people also finding more support for President Trump’s handling of this crisis – 55 percent approve of the President’s performance.”

What about the daily coronavirus updates/press conferences, which are drawing huge audiences? Another key detail found only on CBS’ Twitter feed is 53% think they are helpful to 47% who don’t.  CBS does not bother to give us numbers but concedes “More independents find them helpful than not.”

Whitlock wonders

“Could that be why certain journalistic outlets are struggling with whether to continue carrying the corona briefings live?”

Categories: Media Bias