CBS Ignores Some Conservative Findings in Poll, Minimizes Others

<p><img hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="media/2006-05-09-CBSENSchieffer2.jpg" />Bob Schieffer opened the May 9 edition of the <i>CBS Evening News </i>by trumpeting a new poll that <a href="node/5292">suggested</a> disaster for the Republicans in November. As usual, any information that didn’t support the liberal talking points was ignored or minimized. The network anchor made sure to point out that &quot;President Bush's ratings have hit another all-time low.&quot; </p><p>A few of the results, however, somehow escaped mention. <b>According to the poll, 39 percent of Americans supported drilling in ANWR in November 2002. A <a href="http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/technologyandresearch/a/anwrsurvey.htm">se... survey</a>, conducted in February of 2005 found a similar 38 percent approval for the idea. CBS puts the current level of support at 48 percent. </b>Now what could be the cause of this 9 point increase? Perhaps the media’s relentless pounding of the &quot;gas crisis,&quot; <a href="http://www.mrc.org/realitycheck/2006/fax20060504.asp">183 stories</a> in three weeks, had unintended consequences? Schieffer omitted any reference to ANWR in his report. </p><p>Gloria Borger, who reported on the poll’s findings for the <i>Evening News</i>, commented on just about every finding in the poll. In the segment, which aired at 6:31PM EDT, she stated the following: </p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px;"><p>Borger: &quot;By wide margins, the public says Democrats would do a better job of handling most all issues, including <b>gas prices </b>and the war in <b>Iraq</b>.&quot; </p></blockquote><p>Absent from the piece is any mention of immigration. The May 10 <i>Early Show </i>also discussed the poll and they didn’t reference it either. <b>Could that have something to do with the survey’s finding that 70 percent of Americans believe that illegal immigration weakens the United States economy</b>?<b> </b>59 percent characterized illegal immigration as &quot;a serious problem.&quot; This too went unnoticed. </p><p>Finally, there is the issue of President Bush’s approval numbers. They are low, no doubt about it. According to CBS, only 29 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the President (this is a different question then job approval). According to the same poll, <strong>only 34 percent of Americans look positively towards Senator Clinton</strong>. The numbers are even lower for John Kerry and Al Gore, 26 and 28 percent respectively. The margin of error, by the way, was 4 points. Now, to be fair, Bob Schieffer did acknowledge this. But it came at the very end of the story and was more of a throwaway line as he wrapped up the segment: </p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px;"><p>Schieffer: &quot;You know, Gloria, one of the interesting things to me in this poll is that the major Democrats -- Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore -- all have unfavorable ratings that are more than their favorable ratings, just as George Bush and Dick Cheney do.&quot; </p></blockquote><p>He then added, &quot;I think all incumbents should be nervous about this, Gloria.&quot; If &quot;all incumbents should be worried,&quot; why only emphasize the findings that are negative to conservatives?</p>

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org