Wednesday, December 15, 2010

If the news doesn't fit, you must omit

NewsBusters catches the Washington Post hiding the ball, as they fail to report the results of their own poll: [emphasis in original]
A new ABC-Washington Post poll found ObamaCare sunk to its lowest popularity yet: 52 percent opposed, and only 43 percent in favor. ABC mentioned the poll without fanfare at the end of a Jake Tapper report on Monday’s World News, and Tapper added this was the health law's "lowest level of popularity ever." But Tuesday’s Washington Post reported not one sentence on the poll in the paper – even as they reported in the paper that the same survey found Obama’s tax-and-unemployment-compensation deal has “broad bipartisan support.”

This is the same Post that highlighted the news on Page One on October 20, 2009, when they found a “clear majority” in favor of a socialist “public option” -- amid charges they oversampled Democrats.

The numbers weren't excluded because they arrived late. The Post poll numbers went up on the website yesterday at about 1 pm, under the headline “Health care opponents divided on repeal.”

So, they reported the results of the tax deal question, which has Americans agreeing with Obama, but they hid the results of the Obamacare question, which has record numbers of Americans disagreeing with Obama, even though the questions came from the same survey. The Post has a reputation for a pro-liberal slant and this seems to confirm that bias.

I've long said that most media bias comes not in the actual reporting but in what is reported or ignored. This seems to confirm that theory as well.

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