February 22nd, 2009
09:03 AM ET
4 years ago

Media treatment of Obama fair, majority say

Most Americans think the media is fair on Obama.
Most Americans think the media is fair on Obama.

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.


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  1. Mike, Syracuse NY

    PS, why is Republican criticism of Obama traitorous and Democratic criticism of Bush patriotic discent?

    February 22, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Hotch

    The Media is too much about Sound Bites and selling their product – they are biased insofar as they go for the "If it Bleeds, it Leads!' mentality – sensational stories sensationally written, full of hyperbole and sexy adjectives and adverbs. COMPARE our media with that of Canada, where they regularly report with intelligence and depth on more issues which directly affect voters.

    Conservatives seem frustrated beyond words that the media is OBJECTIVE in the face of the Conservative's relatively Extreme Bias – That is, their Views are SO extreme, reactionary and narrow that they view relatively Objective coverage as biased.

    Objectively speaking, Obama represented (during the election) an exciting and fresh voice – such an image ALWAYS gives rise to more interest and coverage. Also, he could give a speech without Malaprop – something 'W' seemed incapable of…

    February 22, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Andrew David

    I wonder how many ACORN offices they called to get these numbers?

    The mainstream press is the propoganda wing of the Democratic Party. That is why they never label corrupt democrats with their party affiliation.

    It doesn't happen by accident.

    February 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. enasni

    thanks for the PDF nazi's. be sure to report me. i will be sure to hand them the FACTS.
    before we come to arrest you.

    February 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. DEM IN HI

    This story is a joke. See the Goldberg article and you can see the media was very biased to support Obama. As a Clinton supporter, the news media took Hillary out to the shed and plummeted her. They wrote stories that were not true and stretched the truth in others. Obama is tied with crooked deals in Chicago and the news media covers it up. He brings lobbyists into the White House, does not have a plan for change, yet the news media is already comparing him to FRD and Lincoln. Yep, really fair coverage and unbiased. NOT!!!!!!

    As a long time Democratic, this is the first time I voted for the GOP as a protest vote. The Democratic party is shifting too far to the left and the GOP is too far to the right. We need representation for the moderates because both parties have become too close to their base.

    It will be refreshing and great when the news media learns to present the facts and allows the people to determine for themselves what is important.

    February 22, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Bill in Dallas

    To the Republicans only FOX is "fair and balanced" that explains why they can't take main stream news. When all you listen to is Pravada and you support the "Party" no matter what then you must be a Republican. They can't stand anything or anyone saying anything that runs counter to they ideological line. That is why they are still preaching "tax cuts" to get us out of this economic mess they got us into. They have no since of reality.

    They will cling to Fox and Rush to tell them what they want to hear. They are the totalitarians we should be fearful of.

    February 22, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Oilfield Engineer

    Even though I work in an industry that is somewhat threatened by Obama and his green intentions, I understand that he tells the world the truth when it comes to going green and finding alternative energy sources. Obama is a president of the future and America is very, very and extremely lucky to have him now. Looking at Obama, I truly believe America is God's own country. Every forward looking and enlightened individual see's this, even an oilfield engineer whose job maybe threatened, so why can't republicans see it. The way I see Obama, he may well be the greatest of all American Presidents and that may even be an understatement!

    February 22, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Illinois 2

    We should be keeping a close eye the President,and the congress because if anything has been learned from the past, it won't take long before the country of all races will be disatisfied with the whole lot of them. Personally, I believe there has been and continues to be such a honeymoon over a black person being elected to the presideence that we all forget, he has to do a job for the voters even if we did not vote for him. He most certainly is not a God and all the talk of this make my blood boil....

    February 22, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Republicans and Democrats.

    Free your minds and your butts will follow.Partisanship is overrated and is here to keep us fighting each other and losing sight of our real enemy,The "MONEY CHANGERS".There really isnt much difference between the two parties,they are bought and paid for by the controllers.

    February 22, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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