CBS News has talked quite about their latest poll released Tuesday, especially how Mitt Romney is trailing Barack Obama by 10 points among women voters -- bad news for the Republican, of course. But unstated in the network's on-air coverage is the rest of the story: that Barack Obama trails Mitt Romney among men voters by 9 points, by a 49 to 40 margin.
How come no discussion of how poorly Obama is doing with men? Is it because the Democrats have cooked up a "war on women" theme for this campaign, and talking about the male vote doesn't do anything to further that partisan objective?
Three times on Tuesday, CBS touted the result showing Romney trailing among women voters. Reviewing each of those discussions, none of the CBS reporters pointed out Obama's weakness with men:
CHARLIE ROSE (to Chris Christie on CBS This Morning, August 28): So what do you say to make sure that that happens because the gap between the-- the appeal of President Obama to women voters and Governor Romney at this point is huge. [on screen chart shows "Presidential Race Among Women Voters," Obama 51%, Romney 41%].
SCOTT PELLEY (to Bob Schieffer on the CBS Evening News, August 28): Our new poll also shows that Mitt Romney is ten points behind the President in women. Now, what does the Ann Romney speech need to do tonight?
JAN CRAWFORD (to Scott Pelley during CBS's live convention coverage, August 28): In the poll that you talked about, there's another big number, and it is 10 -- that's what the President now leads Mitt Romney by among women voters, and the campaign believes that Ann Romney's story tonight can help show women and connect her husband to that critical, critical vote.
But going to CBS's complete results, the chart plainly shows Romney's sizeable lead among men.
The loudness with which reporters trumpet the pro-Obama finding, and their lack of interest in the results showing strength for Romney, is just the latest evidence of the media's constant campaign partisanship.