I surely can't be the first person to notice this. (Don't call me Shirley. RIP.)
Paul Steinhauser of CNN completely misrepresented a McClatchy-Marist poll.
The actual poll asked whether voters think Republicans ought to compromise with Democrats to get things done:
The Republicans have control of the House of Representatives. Which statement comes closer to your view about what you think should happen:Steinhauser dishonestly portrays the results as showing that the voters want Democrats and Republicans to work together.
- The Republicans should compromise with the Democrats and President Obama to get things done
- The Republicans should stand firm on their positions even if it means things don't get done
One day before a White House meeting between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders from both political parties, a new poll suggests most Americans want Democrats and Republicans to compromise.The actual poll is about what Republicans should do. Steinhauser spins it into a bullshit balance, portraying the voters as saying something they didn't say.
Some liberal media! In my newsroom, this would be a firing offense. If I only had a newsroom.
Why does it matter if the media lies about polls? Those lies can actually push people toward different positions. That's why candidates and parties pimp their biased partisan polls during election season.