Some of President Obama's policies are not faring well in public opinion, but will anyone be told? On Feb. 2, a Gallup poll found that Obama's executive order "allowing U.S. funding for overseas family planning organizations that provide abortion" was decidedly unpopular: Only 35 percent approved, while 58 percent disapproved.
You didn't know this? You're not alone: A Nexis survey finds none of the television networks, cable or broadcast, noticed these results, either.
The Gallup survey found overwhelming approval for other Obama policies -- on higher fuel efficiency standards, on restricting lobbyists from joining his administration, on interrogating suspects according to the Army Field Manual, and on naming special envoys for Afghanistan and Pakistan -- so there is plenty of good news for the administration.
But why not report the negative news as well?
Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion president in history. He supports the Freedom Of Choice Act (FOCA), which would provide unlimited, unrestricted taxpayer funding of abortion. Only 9 percent of the public agrees with him. It is so surprise, then, that Obama would not want the media talking about his executive order supporting subsidies for international abortionists.
And they didn't. CBS and NBC noted it in a single sentence. ABC later offered a story, but incredibly chose to focus on the theme that religious-right forces were "brutal" in their opposition
Then there is the public concern over the potential dangers of Guantanamo terror suspects being released or moved into American prisons. The media ought to acknowledge that despite their tubthumping on Bush's allegedly horrendous record on detainees and how it was hurting our reputation with the Europeans, Bush was not as unpopular on this policy at home as they wanted him to be. According to that same Gallup survey, ordering the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects closed within a year wasn't popular, either: 44 percent approved, 50 percent disapproved.
The media are not ignoring all the troubling Gallup poll results for Obama. The number that most of the networks noticed was on the biggest story, the so-called "stimulus" plan. When Gallup asked if Congress should pass Obama's plan as proposed, make major changes to it or reject it, only 38 percent said it should pass as proposed, while 37 percent said major changes should be made first, and 17 percent said it should be rejected.