President Bush has lost his momentum, Americans' support for the Iraq war is dwindling, and opposition to Bush policies is hardening. That's according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll being covered as if it were a real news story.
Like callers to talk radio claiming to be Republicans angry with Republicans, liberals love to pretend public opinion is always in the process of shifting in their direction. They can't win elections – Democrats have gotten a majority vote in a national election only two times since FDR was president (Lyndon Johnson in '64 and Jimmy Carter in '76). But they're always experiencing an upswing in the polls.
Clinton could never get a majority of Americans to vote for him but, according to the polls, as soon as the public found out about his sex romps with Monica, his support shot up to above 80 percent. Bush did get a majority of the country to vote for him less than two years ago. Now we're told 70 percent of Americans hate the man.
Indeed, according to the polls, the public's feeling about the war in Iraq began three years ago with fear, skepticism and dread – and steadily went downhill.
If these poll results were accurate, support for the war should be about negative 3,000 percent by now. The public would have stormed the White House, seized the president and flogged him to death.
Here's a sample of New York Times headlines on stories discussing poll numbers since before the Iraq war began in March 2003:
– Poll Finds Most in U.S. Support Delaying a War (2/14/03)
– Opinions Begin to Shift as Public Weighs Costs of War (3/26/03)
– World's View of U.S. Sours After Iraq War, Poll Finds (6/4/03)
– Study Finds Europeans Distrustful of U.S. Global Leadership (9/4/03)
– Despite Polls, Pataki Backs Bush on Iraq All the Way (10/3/03)
– Poll Finds Hostility Hardening Toward U.S. Policies (3/17/04)
– Support for War Is Down Sharply, Poll Concludes (4/29/04)
– Rising Casualties, One Falling Poll (5/2/04)
– Polls Show Bush's Job-Approval Ratings Sinking (5/14/04)
– Bush's Rating Falls to Its Lowest Point, New Survey Finds (6/29/04)
And then – despite the fact that every single man, woman and child in America opposed the war in Iraq and despised George Bush – a few months later, Bush won re-election against well-respected war hero John Kerry.
Immediately after the election, public opinion polls showed Americans turning once again against the war and against George Bush, according to the Times:
– Americans Show Clear Concerns on Bush Agenda (11/23/04)
– Public Voicing Doubts on Iraq and the Economy, Poll Finds (1/20/05)
– Bad Iraq War News Worries Some in GOP on '06 Vote (8/18/05)
– Support for Bush Continues to Drop as More Question His Leadership Skills, Poll Shows (9/15/05)
– Iraq's Costs Worry Americans, Poll Indicates (9/17/05)
– Most Americans Find Cindy Sheehan Attractive, Interesting (2/8/06). OK, I made that one up. The rest were made up by the Times.
The media are constantly telling Americans what they believe: You are dissatisfied ... You are getting more dissatisfied ... You are slowly becoming utterly dissatisfied ... Your dissatisfaction is now reaching a fever pitch!
News coverage of public opinion polls is barely justifiable in an election year. When there's no horse race, these cooked-up polls are nothing more than the mainstream media's long, monotonous brainwashing of the public.
At least the old subliminal ads for popcorn in movie theaters operated by stealth. Today's mainstream media engage in open conditioning of the public in a fantastical scheme to shift public opinion.
Noticeably, there's always an odd disconnect between what the polls say and what people actually do.
Despite the fact that – according to the polls – the "American people" are fed up with the war in Iraq, only a few hundred anti-war protesters showed up in New York City last weekend. The naked cowboy in Times Square gets a bigger crowd than that.
Despite the fact that polls show the public is ready to throw in the towel on Iraq, members of the House of Representatives, or "the people's house," recently voted 403-3 against withdrawing the troops.
Despite the fact that 70 percent of the public thinks Bush is doing a lousy job, when they had a chance to put someone else in the White House a mere 15 months ago, they decided to keep him.
There is, however, one poll taken by millions of Americans every day, year in, year out. Based on plummeting viewers, circulation numbers and ad rates, we can say with some certainty, the American people are beginning to loathe the liberal media.