Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The American Conversation - Driven

The Washington Post poll showing a decline in President Bush's numbers is the talk of the town, so to speak. Just one more example of how the MSM sets the agenda for the American conversation. Ankle Biting Pundits has a breakdown:
[...] However, look at the MSM today. This poll is driving the news, and unfortunately the politicians (especially in the GOP) listen to them. Pretty much all of GOP Senators in the "Gang of 14" who brokered the filibuster deal cited recent polls about Congressional approval ratings in making the deal, saying "Polls show the American people want us to get to work on other more important things". That's why we feel the need to go after these polls whenever they come out. [...]
Go read it. John Hinderaker at Power Line also weighed in:
[...] Having said that, it shouldn't be a surprise that lots of people (whatever the right number may be) don't think the Iraq war is worth the cost. Why would they? Anyone who relies on the newspapers believes that 1) we went to war only because of Saddam's WMDs, and 2) there weren't any WMDs. Further, the casual news consumer never hears about Iraq except when there is an explosion. There was an increase in support for the war following the elections in January, but that was the last time most people heard any good news. [...]
Glenn says not to worry, kinda, but I do anyway. If these numbers are misleading, as the poll is diagnosed by Gerry Daly of Daly Thoughts, that does not change the fact stated in the two excerpts above that the American public AND politicians are listening to them, and forming incorrect opinions.

Tagged as , , , ,