Accuracy in Media

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman used some twisted logic to describe why President Obama’s poll numbers continue to slide.

Lawrence O’Donnell asked Fineman to explain how voters are balancing out their disapproval of Congress and their disapproval of the White House.

Fineman: It leaves them (voters) in a quandary and it leaves them very upset that Washington hasn’t changed. It is true that the gas price numbers are hurting the president right now, it’s true that there’s a lot of uneasiness about the economy, as a matter of fact it’s growing again. But I think it’s also true that people are a little disappointed in the president because he hasn’t been able to change the way Washington works at all. Indeed Congress is even more poorly regarded, everybody wanted a bigger deal than was done on the last budget go round. So in an odd way the fact that the Republicans and Congress are so poorly regarded, that the entire system is so poorly regarded drags everybody down including the president.

If that’s the case then the Democrats who controlled Congress during the last two years of President Bush’s term must have been responsible for helping drag down his poll numbers. But we never heard that argument from the mainstream media, because the last thing they wanted to do was to tie Bush’s poor poll numbers to the even lower approval rating of Congress at that time.

It’s not easy covering for the failed policies and programs of the Obama White House, but it hasn’t stopped the liberal media from looking for a scapegoat in the guise of the Republican Congress.




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