On "Morning Joe," NBC senior White House cheerleader Chuck Todd actually celebrated these poll numbers, pointing out that Obama's and Obamacare's approval numbers had now risen to the level right before the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov on Oct. 1, 2013, as if it was the rollout debacle that caused them to become unpopular. Joe Scarborough shot back that Obamacare pre-rollout was approved by only 36 percent. It has never been close to popular.
Back in October, the Associated Press GfK Poll found Obama's approval rating at a dismal 37 percent. As to be expected, the networks ignored the poll findings. Amazingly, AP almost did as well. Radio hosts mocked the AP for burying the number in the eighth paragraph of a story headlined: "Poll: No Heroes In Shutdown, GOP Gets Most Blame."
When Republicans are sinking in the polls, no one in America can miss it. The liberal media won't let them. But when Republicans are rising in the polls, mum's the word. It's quite easy for the average voter to miss it. The average voter has no concept of it. This is not an isolated example from a single source. This is the rule within an industry that has abandoned all pretenses of professional ethics.
Try this one. On May 5, USA Today published the front-page headline: "Poll shows biggest advantage for Republicans in 2 decades." The GOP advantage was only 47 percent to 43, but USA Today pointed out this is "the strongest tilt to Republican candidates at this point in a midterm year in at least two decades, including before partisan 'waves' in 1994 and 2010 that swept the GOP into power." That's not all. Sixty-five percent of Americans "want the president elected in 2016 to pursue different policies and programs than the Obama administration."
The networks? Quiet as church mice. It sounds ridiculous, but no "news" reporter wants the country to know the direction the country is going in.