A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found Mitt Romney has made "sharp advances" with women. But you wouldn't know it from watching the ABC network. Wednesday's World News and Nightline, as well as Thursday's Good Morning America skipped covering the Republican's steep gains.
The Washington Post put the story on its front page. ABC, however, relegated it to the network's website. There, reporter Gary Langer explained, "A sharp advance among women has boosted Mitt Romney to his highest favorability rating of the presidential campaign." Langer added that while Obama still beats Romney 52 to 41 percent in favorability, "that’s down from 21 points last month, giving Romney the better trajectory."
By virtue of not covering the story, ABC also ignored this key data point, discussed in the Post story by reporters Jon Cohen and Krissah Thompson:
Independents in the new poll lean negative on both Romney and Obama. Among all registered voters, the two candidates draw split verdicts. On Obama, 49 percent of voters hold favorable views and 48 percent hold negative ones. For Romney, it is an even 44 percent on both sides of the question, marking the first time since January that voter sentiment has not tilted away from him.
While ABC couldn't find time to report on Romney's good news, Good Morning America devoted a full report to Justin Bieber visiting Norway.
A separate NBC poll found that Romney has now tied Obama in the key swing states of Nevada, Colorado and Iowa.