In all of these cases, reality deviated substantially from polling. Pollsters who got 2012 right, got 2014 terribly wrong. The media went along with it buying into Democrat spin and hype. Already closer to the Democrats ideologically, what they read in the polls was just confirmation bias. Polling confirmed for them what they wanted and expected to happen — the Obama campaign machine’s ground game continuing activity despite all the evidence it was not.
For the last number of years, the press has gotten more and more openly partisan. More partisan hacks from left-wing outlets have gone into mainstream publications. But they’ve been forced to check their biases against polling. With polling seemingly increasingly impossible to get right, the last checks on media objectivity are dissolving.
The Media leans left. When it talks about abortion, it always pits a pro-life man against a pro-kid killing woman. When it develops its talking points, it always gives more credibility to Democrats and the left. Since 1968, demographic has been going to destroy the GOP.
But there have always been some baseline tests to keep the media’s biases in check. Polling has remained one of the last reliable checks. The media could talk all they wanted, but the polling averages were their guide. With polling in America now clearly broken, that all goes away taking with it the last restraints on the media to get it right, instead of whoring to the left.