WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans think the media's been fair in its treatment of President Obama.
Fifty-five percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday say they believe the news media's been fair in covering Obama since he was inaugurated as President on January 20. Twenty-six percent suggest that the media's not been critical enough, with 18 percent feeling that the news media's been too critical.
But the poll indicates that there is a partisan divide.
"Democrats and Independents view media coverage of Obama as fair. But 56 percent of Republicans say the media have not been critical enough of Obama," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday, with 1,046 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
Lobbyist back in the white house, same old Washington, A cabinet that doesn’t pay taxes, and increasing the war in worthless Afghanistan. You say the media is unfair? Lets not forget the only reason he is president.
The man has been in office a little over one month, saddled with a mess that the Republicans spent eight years creating as they enriched their cronies and themselves...give the guy a chance, will you?!
Give me a break. He the President of the United States and can get away with saying "I didn't cause this problem..." Not one member of the media has ever said, but "Mr. President, you were a member of the United States Senate when a majority of critical events took place and you did, nothing, and said nothing.." There is an appropriate time for allowing a new President the benefit of the doubt and the ability to implement their policies, but never should the press cave to the cult of personality that has been created around this President. It will serve no one well.
The media elected Mr Obama. Face the facts. We are controlled.
Some, but not all... Such as Fox Noise...Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and of course Rush Limbaugh. You find some that is pretty fair.
I thought that the media is suppose to be biased. They report the news and tell the people what is going on. If you report the wrong information to the American People; guess what you get the wrong idea of what is going on in the world, but most people can and will go on the internet and get the full information. Ta ta for now
With media gushing over Obama (and even getting tingles down the leg), what do you think?
YOU GUYS DO NOTHING BUT MAKE FUN OF OBAMA JUST LIKE YOU DID PRESIDENT BUSH WHY ARE YOU GUYS SO UNFAIR! JUST KIDDING WHAT A DUMB QUESTION!
They have been very soft on Obama basically because they still believe in the first 100 day honeymoon. That being said, I believe if he continues to allow and rely on the two nuts cases (Reid & Pelosi) to run and dictate everything, as they are currently doing, he'll go down the tubes quickly.
Since the inauguration, the media has done a better job of covering Obama and questioning his policies. It's how they covered him in the campaign that causes so many to believe the media was in the tank for him
Tell that to the NY Post. That rag is promoting hate-crimes and should be put out of business. That is one of the problems, when you allow foreigners to own our media. They bring with them, those old tired, worn out cliches and biases !! That is the old European mindset: Divide and Conquer !!!
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME, ALIVE AND WHOLE. NOW.
WHAT A SURPRISE!!! The Republicans don't think the media is tough enough on Obama. Will never cease?
Yes, the media has been fair. Well at least the news I watch/listen to. The media is suppose to report the news not create it, you know things such as there's $5M of the stimulus going to ACORN. The media should stick to reporting facts, good or bad and its fair.
The media elected Obama so it has to treat him with kid gloves. He is a novelty whos luster will fad fast. I hope the people of American learn a lesson from this that they will never forget. Just another failed social project with the highest level of risk. Hold the media responsible.
How many seniors have you polled- just wondering. Are they thrilled about the $250 onetime bonus from the Stimulus???
I believe I have finally put my finger on why I dislike partisan Republicans so much. I am a checker at a major department store; partisan Republicans represent my rudest customers.
Ha! What a joke! The media should be spend less time worrying about what Michelle is wearing and more time worrying about all of the campaign promises Obama is breaking. What happened to bringing honesty and integrity to Washington? What about the elimination of the cap gains tax for small businesses?
Why do we even care what the "majority of Americans" think? The majority of Americans pay little-to-no attention to what is important in the world, or even what is important in their very own communities. Then when something electrifying comes up involving politics, they run to their blogs and comment boards and polls and go crazy like they know what they're talking about.
So why do we care? Oh, that's right - these are the same people empowered with electing our policy-makers. I'm all for freedom of speech and the right to attempt to vote, I just think voting should go along with some kind of very elementary quiz to ensure people aren't voting for the wrong reasons (ie. race, prejudice, gender).
Let's see; we are a nation of cowards according to the black attorney general (who failed to mention that in his confirmation hearing); we are racist according to Rep. John Lewis if we oppose the "stimulus package" and yet Obama calls for unity while secretly winking at his black power base. Who are the real hypocrites and why isn't the media confronting the President about this apparent new age Black Panthers made of politicians. Who are the real racists and how long are we as a country going to take the race card being constantly played in our face. I'm fed up with being called a racist everytime I disagree with the Administration and I didn't serve my country in the military for 12 years to be called a coward by someone who has never put on the uniform.
I am a Democrat and I think that the media has not been fair to Obama. They may be personal to him but they are not helping him sell his agenda. They appear to like the guy but not enough to say his ideas are good for the Country. And that's not a good message to send to a Country that's in need of confidence to survive. Also, the media has not being critical enough of the Republicans who stand in the way of things that needs to be for the American people. Hold them accountable. It's either they come up with an idea or don't sell their idea of bashing the guy that has one. And when they present a bad idea call them on it. That will be fair and balanced news.
He is their chosen one. How can they possibly say anything against him? They are for anything he says. Now live with it.
Fair or not, Obama certainly has thus far escaped the scrutiny that Clinton and Bush endured. Is it possible the media is now realizing that undermining sitting Presidents is unhealthy for America? I doubt it, but remain hopeful. The blurring of news and opinion in the media is damaging our ability to rightly judge policy decisions. Try just giving us the facts and allow us to form our own conclusions.
I wonder how the repubs feel about fox noise....Oh I mean fox news
The media is giveing Obama a free ride.
They don't know where to trip will take America
and Obama don't either
Come wealthy republicans, do you want our President Obama to be attacked more than he already has? For God sake Fox news and John Mccaine attack President Obama 24/7.
John Starnes Tampa Florida February 22nd, 2009 9:18 am ET
They have him under a microscrope. He can't make a move without the media making a comment. He has been in office a month and he has done more for the economy (trying to make it better) then bush did the 8 years he and his cronies had to destroy this country. No President Obama is not a miracle worker, he is a man working for ALL THE PEOPLE. He was elected by the people and he is working for the people.