Study: Nightly network news covered Bush’s crumbling job approval 124 times to this point in year six — versus nine times for Obama

posted at 11:21 am on September 16, 2014 by Allahpundit

Just passing along a stat that blew the conservasphere’s collective mind when it started circulating last night on Twitter. Mmmmmm, that’s good bias.

The source of the numbers is this week-old post from Newsbusters, which I regret having missed on the day it came out. More from Rich Noyes:

Just last Thursday, for example, Gallup found Obama’s approval rating at a record low of 38 percent, yet none of the three broadcast networks bothered to mention this on their evening or morning newscasts.

Such coverage is in stunning contrast to how those same newscasts relentlessly emphasized polls showing bad news for George W. Bush during the same phase of his presidency. Media Research Center analysts reviewed every reference on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts to public opinion polls from January 1 through August 31, 2014, and from the same time period in 2006. Eight years ago, the networks aired 124 evening news reports which cited public opinion polls about either President Bush’s overall approval rating or his handling of specific policies. In 2014, those same broadcasts produced only nine reports which mentioned public opinion surveys related to President Obama.

In Bush’s case, the networks routinely highlighted his falling approval ratings to illustrate his political weakness, and regularly cited polling data showing public disapproval of policies such as the Iraq war. This year, even as President Obama has suffered his own political meltdown, the networks have spared him from such coverage.

Their refusal to mention O’s slide sometimes extends to their own polls, notes Noyes. Through the first eight months of the year, NBC conducted five national polls; “NBC Nightly News” allegedly failed to mention the data on Obama’s job approval all five times. Gadzooks.

Obvious question: Are there any explanations for the disparity besides simple ideological bias by left-learning news bureaus who don’t want to make the Democrats’ task in the midterms harder than it already is? I can think of two, one weak and one a bit more solid. The weak one is the fact that Dubya enjoyed stratospheric job approval shortly after 9/11, well beyond what even the popular Obama saw when he first took office. There is, I guess, something extra newsy to the fact that Bush fell from a greater height. I’d be curious to know, though, how much of the coverage circa 2006 focused on that angle (my guess: near zero) versus how much took a straightforward “can you believe how much the public hates this guy?” approach (my guess: nearly all of it). Bush’s sky-high job approval was long, long gone by the time 2006 began; he had dipped below 50 percent approval in the RCP average as early as February 2004 as Iraq fatigue started to set in, in fact. Why would network news still be marveling two years later how far he’d fallen? It was already a fact of life.

The stronger explanation is that there’s been enough of a difference in Obama’s and Bush’s respective trajectories in year six so far that the networks might justifiably take a greater interest in Dubya. The best way to see what I mean is to click and scroll through the side-by-side daily approval rating comparison that RCP’s been keeping. Right now at this point in their presidencies, Bush and Obama are nearly identical — 40 percent approval for Dubya versus 41.3 percent for O — but their paths to this point are very different. Obama’s been steady in the low 40s for ages; Bush, by contrast, crashed through the 40 percent floor early in 2006 and had many weeks of sub-40 polling, the worst of which was in mid-May when he reached 33.8(!) percent. (You can see the difference in graph form in Gallup’s comparison of their numbers.) Obama at that point was more than 10 points higher. Bush rebounded late in the summer of 2006 to cross the 40-percent line again, but you can understand why reporters’ eyes would pop more at the crash Bush experienced than the steady malaise of O’s second term.

But don’t let them off the hook just yet. If it’s eye-popping numbers you want, how about this one yesterday from Gallup?

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With two years to go in Hopenchange, trust in the executive is just about as low as it ever was during the Bush years and is headed straight for Watergate territory. Trust in the federal government to solve international problems is now actually lower than it was under Bush. That data seems … kinda newsy to me, given that The One ran on a platform of restoring faith in the presidency after Dubya had allegedly mangled it almost beyond repair. If those numbers don’t grab you, though, how about the fact that O’s approval rating on foreign policy, specifically, has turned into a dumpster fire, chronically mired in the mid- to low-30s with the Economist having tracked him at 31 percent(!) in late July? A man who got elected promising to rebuild relationships abroad and make the world safer and more peaceful should, one would think, be doing better at this stage than disapproval ratings in the high 50s or low 60s. That seems like a newsy angle for the networks newscasts too. Why isn’t it being covered? Any theories?


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Let’s track how long it takes before “Nighty” gets corrected.

Helloooooo?

the_moll on September 16, 2014 at 12:39 PM

let me refresh your failing memories. i’ll get out my handy calculator and give you monthly polling averages from that rcp list:

Bush 2006

Jan: -10.3
Feb: -14.3
Mar: -19.3
Apr: -22.0
May: -25.2
Jun: -19.0
Jul: -18.4
Aug: -18.3
Sep 15th: -14.4

Obama 2014

Jan: -10.8
Feb: -10.8
Mar: -10.5
Apr: -9.6
May: -10.5
Jun: -12.9
Jul: -13.5
Aug: -11.5
Sep 15th: -13.5

How biased of the media to report more on the guy 19-25pts underwater all year than they guy 10-13pts underwater. How biased they are for reporting more on the guy with DOUBLE the net disapproval.

everdiso on September 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

It’s more than media bias. People know they will be retaliated against if they tell the truth about the Regime.

forest on September 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Yep. 9 reports, 9 hysterical, threatening phone calls.

JusDreamin on September 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Must be raining where lester lives. No kids in the park today.

CurtZHP on September 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Just because I’m Paranoid
Doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get me.
~Mort Sahl

jaydee_007 on September 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

let me refresh your failing memories. i’ll get out my handy calculator and give you monthly polling averages from that rcp list:

Bush 2006

Jan: -10.3
Feb: -14.3
Mar: -19.3
Apr: -22.0
May: -25.2
Jun: -19.0
Jul: -18.4
Aug: -18.3
Sep 15th: -14.4

Obama 2014

Jan: -10.8
Feb: -10.8
Mar: -10.5
Apr: -9.6
May: -10.5
Jun: -12.9
Jul: -13.5
Aug: -11.5
Sep 15th: -13.5

everdiso on September 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

 
Thanks.
 
Obama is getting those numbers with the media NOT reporting on how bad his numbers are? Wow.
 
Thanks again.

rogerb on September 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Poor ever clear….so by using your logic on the underwater
Being twice as bad for Bush, then maybe you can use your
handy dandy calculator to determine if the number of reports
is Twice as much for Bush as Obama?

Careful there, don’t bruise your Cerebrum on that one…

ToddPA on September 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Speaking of 2006, let’s look at the promises the Democrats made then:

Democrats are proposing a New Direction for America…

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people….

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

When Pelosi, Reid, then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, and their Democrat peers took control of the House and Senate on 1/3/2007, the Total Public Debt Outstanding was
$8,677,214,255,313.07

On 9/03/2014, after 92 continuous months of Democrats holding majority control (holding 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency), the Total Public Debt Outstanding was
$17,734,663,408,950.92

That’s an increase of more than NINE TRILLION DOLLARS, after the Democrats complained, “The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion”, and promised, “integrity, civility and fiscal discipline“, “Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline”, and “Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.”

The damn liars have MORE THAN DOUBLED the total debt!

ITguy on September 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

let me refresh your failing memories. i.. monthly polling averages from that rcp list:

How biased they are for reporting more on the guy with DOUBLE the net disapproval.

everdiso on September 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Jugears hit 38 disapproval according to Gallup. He has been in the toilet just as bad as GWB, with no commentary from the LSM as they did with W. Reporting bias.

Patriot Vet on September 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

“Any theories?”

The networks are their own dumpster fire.</strong

locomotivebreath1901 on September 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Wolf Blitzer practically rapped Bush’s flagging numbers non-stop.

roy_batty on September 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

The major media organizations are almost as evil as ISIS and deserve the same treatment by American public as ISIS is getting by the American military.

Dusty on September 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Sometimes it becomes crysral clear that the real problem around here and similar forums is that you guys really aren’t very smart.

everdiso on April 29, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I’ve never lost a debate here.

everdiso on June 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2014 at 1:32 PM

The major media organizations are almost as evil as ISIS and deserve the same treatment by American public as ISIS is getting by the American military.

Dusty on September 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

A bit harsh, but a few more overseas assignments covering the Middle East may help jog their memories.

DDay on September 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Teflon president, Oboobie is not. Not so much that nothing doesn’t stick to POS as there’s no attempt to stick him with anything. Bias notwithstanding, the people don’t like the REB unlike Reagan for example would make both the dems and GOPe heads explode but the people love what he said snd did in spite of the lsm repeated attempts to drag him down. Bush as a conservative was a long way from filling Reagan’s shoes. Oboobie would be just a smear of dog poop on the sole of Reagan’s shoes.

AH_C on September 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I really haven’t spent much time reading comments here lateky, but appears we have a new condescending prig.

John Deaux on September 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

How biased of the media to report more on the guy 19-25pts underwater all year than they guy 10-13pts underwater. How biased they are for reporting more on the guy with DOUBLE the net disapproval.

everdiso on September 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

You’re a special kind of troll.

This is going to be fun.

Bigbullets on September 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

How biased of the media to report more on the guy 19-25pts underwater all year than they their guy 10-13pts underwater.

everdiso on September 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Your welcome.

Christien on September 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Reporting on falling job approval would be nice, but what about Obama’s musings on how he would handle prisoners if he was an ISIS terrorist leader?
Was this just a slip in the “My Muslim faith” vein?

Seriously, who thinks and talks this way?

monalisa on September 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Why isn’t it being covered? Any theories?

One word….R-A-C-I-S-T!!!!!!!!

Boosh was just a dumb white boy. Obama is a brilliant Black Muslim. White cracka racists are target number one, while Black Muslims are off limits as it is racist to even question him, let alone tell the truth about him.

they lie on September 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I really haven’t spent much time reading comments here lateky, but appears we have a new condescending prig.

John Deaux on September 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Nah, he’s just a recycled troll that was banned in his first couple incarnations.

HumpBot Salvation on September 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

It’s very obvious. The MSM has covered up all bad news related to Barry. That will never change.

cat_owner on September 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM

There is an easy fix – don’t all the broadcasters have a license to broadcast from the FCC?

Next GOP president pulls the license of the Big Three and revokes the ability of the cable lefties to attend pressers.

I mean, hey. WE have kings now, right? Gonna be pretty damn hard for the big networks to say much of anything when they and their shareholders are flat broke.

Zomcon JEM on September 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM

The media has always treated Obama like a special needs child as Rush has stated over and over. To be negative is to be critical of the retarded. It’s just not polite.

Marcus on September 16, 2014 at 2:43 PM

You then take over PBS – install new editors who work at the presidents leisure – It has a heavily scripted “news hour”.

See how the democrats like that.

Zomcon JEM on September 16, 2014 at 2:47 PM

As has been pointed out, obama the merciful got to this point on his little lonesome. His sycophantic media and people like everdiso/libfree/ned pecker have been propagandizing for him relentlessly. His sorry @ss is still polling where Bush was, even after Bush had the media and people like everydiso/libfree/ned pecker running around bad mouthing him for his entire presidency.

That is truth. Maybe there is some hope for the people of this great country. They can still recognize sh!t when they see it.

JAGonzo on September 16, 2014 at 3:10 PM

At first I was going to say that they are reporting on too much other bad stuff related to Obama so they wouldn’t have time to discuss poll numbers. But I don’t hear much about the IRS scandal, VA scandal, benghazi, etc…so there goes that theory.

tommer74 on September 16, 2014 at 4:43 PM

At first I was going to say that they are reporting on too much other bad stuff related to Obama so they wouldn’t have time to discuss poll numbers. But I don’t hear much about the IRS scandal, VA scandal, benghazi, etc…so there goes that theory.

tommer74 on September 16, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Yep, that VA scandal died a quick death, didn’t it? Real American veterans died because of criminal corruption in the VA, and the liberal media has decided that it’s no longer worth reporting on.

slickwillie2001 on September 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

If they reported the depths to which president zero has plunged, it would be raaaaacist!

maryo on September 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM

everdiso =
e
v
e
r
dumb
ignorant
stupid
out-of-touch

Oh, and really irritating too, with a kind of not-too-bright condescension, kind of like that which we see from his hero, the zero.

maryo on September 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I’m sick to death of these threads and comments about the media not being fair.
Why not report on the sun rising in the east? The media is never ever ever going to treat Obama like they treated Bush just because we notice their bias. Now if some of you who actually watch the LSM will give me a list of their sponsors, I will contact every one of them and explain why I will not use their product unless THEY demand fair reporting.

Yankee Doodle on September 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM

If AP spent as much time at NewsBusters as I do -I’m a moderator there- he would neither be shocked at this revelation, nor would he be looking for excuses as to how this could have happened.

The simple fact is that the company line at ABC, NBC and CBS is to promote democrats at the expense of Republicans whether it be in reporting, falsely reporting or not reporting information that could sway people’s political leanings.

Of course they would all deny this, but the numbers don’t lie.

BKeyser on September 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM

The weak one is the fact that Dubya enjoyed stratospheric job approval shortly after 9/11, well beyond what even the popular Obama saw when he first took office.
POSTED AT 11:21 AM ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 BY ALLAHPUNDIT

Perhaps a nationally recognized blogger could ask Newsbusters to do a similar comparison between the Presidents on the periods where their approvals were highest as well?

It would be good to see both ends of the spectrum.

My guess, the story will be the same even though Bush enjoyed higher highs in his approvals than Obama.

airupthere on September 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM

everdiso: still living rent-free under the little chocolate nut-sack of his Chicago-Jesus.

Augustinian on September 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

We all know people like this.

They simply can’t count.

If there are three people they will say half is theirs and the other two can split the rest and that is even. And fair.

That is the Democrat news stations.

They consider this unbiased.

Because to be truly unbiased would damage the bubble of lies they live in.

petunia on September 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

How biased of the media to report more on the guy 19-25pts underwater all year than they guy 10-13pts underwater. How biased they are for reporting more on the guy with DOUBLE the net disapproval.

everdiso on September 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Ya know, people like you wouldn’t be considered complete Di(kheads if you could just be honest for a change…and I guess ‘honest’ in this case would be for you to just STFU.

The topic of this thread:

Study: Nightly network news covered Bush’s crumbling job approval 124 times to this point in year six — versus nine times for Obama

It’s true…I know it..you know it…Hell, anyone with more common sense than a dog turd knows it…Every one knows why they do it…

WTF is wrong with you???

Other than the obvious I mean……

BigWyo on September 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Why isn’t it being covered? Any theories?

Fellow travelers.

Cleombrotus on September 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

How biased of the media to report more on the guy 19-25pts underwater all year than they their guy 10-13pts underwater.

lesster on September 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Sorry, Harold, but I did some analysis of the RCP job approval averages you cut and pasted for both O’bama and Bush.

I found so many holes in the results they posted, I imagined I was in Swiss Cheese Land.

RCP’s averages for Bush do not tell you who was sampled (Adults/Likely Voters/Registered Voters). The RCP averages for O’bama do.

Likewise the RCP averages for Bush do not disclose poll sample number of people sampled, the RCP averages for O’bama do.

The main problem is that the RCP Averages for both of them are not corrected or adjusted by RCP for media bias built into those shams. More about that below.

The most recent RCP O’bama average also doesn’t mention the C-BS/NY Times “poll”, while the RCP Bush average does.

Going back for at least 10 years, the C-BS/NY Times “Poll” has regularly been busted for sneaking between 14% and 19% more Democrats than Republicans into their polling samples; more recently when O’bama personally strangled bin Laden the Associated Press sampled twice as many Democrats as Republicans for their survey.

O’bama got a 5% increase in job approval in that one.

Learn to think for yourself, Harold.

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 17, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Any theories?

LOL! :)

Theophile on September 17, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Obama and his debacles…

sorrowen on September 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

which of course would be hilarious if it weren’t so sick since more Americans now approve of Bush than 0bama no matter what his mendacious, bigoted harlots say.

russedav on September 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Now if some of you who actually watch the LSM will give me a list of their sponsors, I will contact every one of them and explain why I will not use their product unless THEY demand fair reporting.

Yankee Doodle on September 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Now we’re talking!

Perspicacious on September 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

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