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Legacy media attempting to demoralize Republican voters?

Even though President Obama had a great day yesterday among Gallup’s sample, his approval jumping 4 points, he still remained in a statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney, leading him by only two points among registered voters.

Today, for the second day in a row, Rasmussen showed the race tied (among likely voters), with each candidate at 46.  “Isn’t it strange” wonders blogress diva Ann Althouse, looking at these numbers. . .

. . . how the candidates are so precisely locked in an even standoff, when the newspapers are pounding it into our heads that the pathetic, miserable Romney hasn’t got a chance? Where would Romney be now if the media gave him something close to equal treatment? Is it possible that the media’s desperate boosting of their candidate is causing the electorate to tune out or even skew in the other direction? I think so. I find myself repelled by media bias.

Ann, you’re not alone.  Fewer than one-in-three independent voters have a great deal or even a fair amount of trust in the mass media.  I do wonder if the media are trying to make it look like Obama’s a shoo-in for reelection in order to demoralize Republicans, to prevent us from donating to Mitt Romney and to discourage us from voting in November.

Also to note, Ann asks, “Where would Romney be now if the media gave him something close to equal treatment?”  And I ask, where would Obama be now if the media subjected him to the same treatment they subject Mitt Romney, devoting as much time to Obama’s failed policies and inaccurate statements as they do to the Republican’s supposed gaffes, that is, or asked tough questions, with followups as did the folks at Univision?

UPDATE:  This Pennsylvania poll kind of contradicts the narrative.

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  1. ”Isn’t it strange” wonders blogress diva Ann Althouse, looking at these numbers. . . how the candidates are so precisely locked in an even standoff, when the newspapers are pounding it into our heads that the pathetic, miserable Romney hasn’t got a chance?

    Yup. But I remember the 1980 race. Make no mistake, the media pounded it into our heads that Reagan was absurd, insane, behind, etc. and would lose. He didn’t.

    Obama has angered enough voters, with His unique mix of incompetence and class warfare, that all they have to do is look at each other for another several weeks going “You’re really going to turn out and vote for Romney, no matter what the polls/media tell you to do?”, and they will. Then Obama loses.

    I can think of several effects that would account for the polls being biased in Obama’s favor – if they are, at this point. And in several more weeks, we’ll find out if they were.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 23, 2012 @ 5:23 pm - September 23, 2012

  2. Come to think of it – didn’t the media also pooh-pooh the level of support for the Tea Party / GOP, going into Nov. 2010?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 23, 2012 @ 5:29 pm - September 23, 2012

  3. The corporate media is only reporting the facts; Mitt Romney, the rich, dog-torturing, gay-bullying, gaffe-prone rich guy with the car elevaor (who is also rich BTW) is down by 97 points according to the latest PPP/MSNBC/New York Times/Huffington Post poll. Rethuglicans should be demoralized because they are dumb and stupid and anti-science.

    Comment by Passing Gas — September 23, 2012 @ 5:51 pm - September 23, 2012

  4. Perhaps she cites this in the piece but:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/157589/distrust-media-hits-new-high.aspx

    60% of people polled by Gallup don’t trust the media to provide them unbiased information, the highest ever recorded and 8 points higher than in ’08 when Obama was elected…

    Comment by Tim in MT — September 23, 2012 @ 6:20 pm - September 23, 2012

  5. Never mind. I see this is cited in a piece below.

    Comment by Tim in MT — September 23, 2012 @ 6:21 pm - September 23, 2012

  6. The MSM is trying to save the drowning, feckless Barack Obama at any cost. However, I believe more Americans are mad at Obama’s unwillingness to lead at all, yet he’s asking for more years?!? Combined with the high unemployment, job stagnation, the radioactive ObamaTax, DoddFrank, Porkulus, no budgets in 4 years, Obama is toast.

    The MSM creates their own alternate reality, but eventually the bubble shatters.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — September 23, 2012 @ 7:28 pm - September 23, 2012

  7. Do you ever see headlines like this on TV or any of the Left’s sites?

    Can Obama still win? Considering he is polling far less than 50% in accurate samples that reflect current voter affiliation in this country, this is the question everyone should be asking right now…

    Will Obama Overcome? No, he won’t.
    He will not overcome, and that should be a giant story flashing across Times Square. But it’s not. That’s because the corrupt vintage media will never, ever give Obama bad PR.

    Is Obama Losing? Hell to the Yes. His campaign sends out 5 or 6 emails a day begging for money. Not “asking”. BEGGING. Michelle Obama sent emails out asking people to skip their family’s dinners and donate the money to the campaign. Obama asked people to sell their things at yard sales or on Craigslist and give him the money.

    The Obamas know they will lose and are planning their move to Hawaii in January 2013

    http://hillbuzz.org/how-is-the-media-manipulating-the-polls-to-help-obama-listen-to-an-explanation-on-the-hillbuzz-mrs-fox-show-tonight-at-1030pm-cst-21121

    Comment by ebayer — September 23, 2012 @ 8:27 pm - September 23, 2012

  8. Silly neocons, Obama is so popular he is filling 5000 seat arenas with 18000 people. Even the corporate media admit that Obama is unbeatable.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/09/23/Media-Put-18000-in-5000-Seat-Arena-for-Obama

    Comment by Passing Gas — September 23, 2012 @ 8:36 pm - September 23, 2012

  9. Passing gas @#3,

    Sorry pal, but Romney is down 203% in the polls you cited and he has also contributed money to the “Borders without Orphans” campaign. Please try to be more accurate in the future. Furthermore, not all Republicans are anti-science. I, personally, have marveled at the Thermos bottle which keeps hot things hot and cold things cold without any programing or extra scientific input.

    You may think that us NASCAR fans are unsophisticated and stupid, but did you ever see one of us sit around trying to defend Obama? Of course not. Defending Obama is like trying to stab your head lice with a pneumatic ice pick.

    Comment by heliotrope — September 23, 2012 @ 9:12 pm - September 23, 2012

  10. helio, I’m pretty sure PG was being satirical.

    But it’s true – Obama still has no feck.

    If the press was doing its job, Obama would have already been dismissed as the darkest (sorry, had to do it) horse ever. Of course, they would first have to admit that for the last 3+ years, their heads were so far up their asses that they were still able to kiss Obama’s.

    Comment by alanstorm — September 23, 2012 @ 10:03 pm - September 23, 2012

  11. Demoralize?? …The GLBT Lefties have been demonizing gay Republicans for years to the point that it’ just a dull background buzzing-drone. And now the rest of the Leftie community has extended that to the Tea Party and the Fiscal Conservatives.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — September 23, 2012 @ 10:28 pm - September 23, 2012

  12. I am definitely sure passing gas is being satirical. I was just upping the ante.

    Comment by heliotrope — September 23, 2012 @ 10:41 pm - September 23, 2012

  13. ““He’s been gaining on the president for the past week and is now even with his rival in Gallup’s daily tracking which includes three days of surveys after the release of the 47% video. Most striking is the decline in Obama’s approval; he’s now below water. And he seems stuck at 47%.””

    Gallup Tracking 9/16 – 9/22 48 46 Obama +2

    RCP Average 9/11 – 9/22 48.3 44.6 Obama +3.7

    “Gallup is a credible strike against the view that Obama’s bounce is persisting, but they look more like an outlier than a leading indicator of a tightening race.. Perhaps tomorrow’s NBC/Marist polls will throw a wrench in the Gallup/Rasmussen v. World fight, or maybe the wrench will come next week; it’s only a matter of time. But for the moment, the balance of polls points toward a clear lead for the president–perhaps four or five points nationally and in the big eastern battleground states that hold the keys to victory in the Electoral College.”

    Comment by Passing By — September 24, 2012 @ 1:33 am - September 24, 2012

  14. Romney is so unpopular and extreme all the real conservatives … David Brooks, Joe Scarborough, David Frum, Andrew Sullivan… have turned on him and are supporting Obama. And the latest PPP Poll has Romney down 87% among Mormons, pro-lifers, and people who actually understand how the economy works. Only idiots are still supporting him. I guess that makes you idiots.

    Comment by Passing Gas — September 24, 2012 @ 6:06 am - September 24, 2012

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