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

Media treatment of Obama fair, majority say

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/22/art.obama1.gi.jpg caption="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. Linda in MS

    Very interesting...got you you accpt the last post, but you ignored the two I wrote in answer to JD's foolish utterances. Such a pity.

    February 22, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. markens

    Brian, first of all, democrats do not want you to vote for them. they do not want a nobrainer like you and you have nothing to offer. you guys vote for republicans,but you do not know why they keep your taxes money and never spend it. that's the reason why the roads and the bridges are deteriorated. however, they like to use it for war. that's the only thing that they can offer.

    February 22, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Gordo

    As a Canadian I'm pleased to see a President that shares a bit of time with Americans, and in fact the world, on a day to day basis. Part of the Obama charm is that he can make a photo op seem like a genuine sharing of time – not many world leaders have that ability

    February 22, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Obama supporter (so far)

    Just saw Rep. Rob Andrews (d) New Jersey refuse to answer legitimate questions on the news. He refused to answer questions about the tax hike Obama is planning. I voted for Obama but this scares me. As a very small business owner will I see my taxes go up? We are trying to keep our two employees but it is getting tougher. A tax hike may push us over the edge. Where can I find out who is getting a tax increase?

    February 22, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Travis

    Listen, I'm a republican and I didn't like McCain and I didn't like Palin. I like what Palin stands for, but I don't think she's qualified just like I now know Barrack Obama isn't qualified.
    The real crime was the media treatment of other republican nominees that cause ODB McCain to be our nominee. The guys a republican in name onle.
    That was the ultimate media travesty (along with the way that they treated Hillary.)
    The media won this election.

    February 22, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. thatmarvelousape

    Obama supporter (so far), you are a liar. You were never an Obama supporter. If you were, you wouldn't be "scared" by a tax policy that he and the rest of the Democratic Party have been promoting for eight years. Again, Republicans wrap themselves in lies and deceit. Is it any wonder why Americans won't vote for you?

    February 22, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. John Brooks

    President Obama has been in office a little over one month, saddled with an enormous mess the Republicans spent eight years creating.
    Why would the media or any rational entity be highly critical at this point in his administration?

    February 22, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Bobby

    The sooner this mans out of office the better this country will be. Hurry up 2012!

    February 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Former Marine Air-winger

    The only time the media sucked up to W like they have been to BO was after 9/11. I have found that the coverage of what Michelle was going to wear and how BO's jumper is dropping are wonderful examples of hard hitting journalism. OK, not really, the media loves BO and really worked to get him elected. Nice job on that, guess we will be paying for it for years to come.

    February 22, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Chris

    One, the media is incented to to stir up controversy. That's how they get people to watch, meaning more revenues. Two, the Republicans have no workable ideas. Their skill is in attacking through deceit and misrepresentation. They have willing and culpable aid in distributing their vitriol and propaganda. Although I was hopeful that there would be some reconciliation between blue and red, some bipartisanship in our Congress, it is clear that "you can't teach a pig to sing". At a time of crisis, it is important to rally together for a common cause, not stomp your feet and hold your breath because you didn't get it all your way. The problem is, I think most of them really know better. But, it's all about power and money for themselves, not the recovery of the American Dream for all of us.

    February 22, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Steve

    I just love this whole tinfoil hat thing about "the media elected Obama". These people have been running the country into the ground since the election of Saint Ronnie, and THEY'RE the victims. And they say liberals are whiny!

    February 22, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Bill

    I am a Republican who voted for Obama. I think that the media as a whole has been too ready to accept the right wing's talking points as if they were legitimate criticism, esp on the stimulus.

    February 22, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. dominick

    as Warren Buffett once said you never know who is swimming without trunks until the tide goes out. Well the tide is heading out on Obama as he disappoints the left on every turn. The question is when will he stand firm and regain the leadership high ground . Right now he is starting to look more like a patsy than a President.

    February 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Marc


    I work in a pretty diverse office and we had a similar discussion to your last post last week... and the great majority of the office would have agreed with your post, as do I. That is why I don't get as upset when I hear the "naysayers" speak. They speak, people listen, people reject. Let them say their peace... they lose more credibility (and followers) every day.

    February 22, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. doro

    For years, Limbaugh and friends have very successfully "played" the national press by ranting about liberal bias. It's Pavlov's bell, of course; in order to prove their "objectivity", the press reacts by reporting stridently, sometimes even viciously, about Democratic politicians, pulling back on their coverage of GOP politicians so as not to seem "unfair." This Limbaugh tactic works, up to a point, because most reporters are in fact pro-Democratic, and don't want to appear to be taking sides. But it results in some messy and lazy reporting.

    One of the things the press is missing right now is the gathering storm of real ugliness and potential violence on the far right. You can see it in many of the comments here, or at spooky sites like Free Republic and Lucianne.com. These basement revolutionaries have gone over the deep end, imagining themselves to be heroes and patriots–actually they are nothing more or less than wannabee jihadists. Encouraged by the likes of Limbaugh and Alan Keyes, they fantasize about "saving" their country, but they are a growing menace to our freedoms, our culture, and our traditions, as their increasingly violent and unhinged rhetoric demonstrates.

    February 22, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. JFK

    Hardly fair treatment in my mind. You got perpetual GOP negativity towards Obama running 24/7 in the news! Its almost treasonous how the GOP continues to be obstinate to helping our nation at this time. They use tired old rhetoric of the past to defend their inaction of helping our country. They offer nothing useful to America any longer. Its time to throw all of them out of office.

    February 22, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. John from Long Island NY

    What kind of article is this? Another RNC talking point trail ballon? The war of 10,000 paper cuts has begun! The RNC should be ashamed of themselves- they wrecked this counrty over the past 8 years, in part by rejecting Goldwater/Reaganeque Republicanism and embracing a much more sinister and cynical brand of Neo-conservatism and all that they are concerned with is restoring themselves at the top of the food chain. Maybe they should focus on accomplishing something positive, something bi-partisan and prove to the voters of this country that they can be trusted instead of simply doing anything and everything to tear down our BRAND NEW President. As a brief comparrisson, I think by this point in his first term, Bush Jr had already ignored NSA wearning about Bin Laden and taken two weeks of vacation at camp David.

    February 22, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Nancy

    I am a second generation Italian. My grandfather came to this country when he was 19. He never revisited Italy saying that America was his country. He loved this country so much that among his children only English was spoken in his house. I grew up believing that America was THE very best of countries. This is not the America my grandfather knew. It is changing very rapidly. It is frightening. No matter how poor we were and we were ,Socialism was never considered to be the answer. My grandfather came from a place that thought that socialism was ok and he could have told you all the perils it involves. I consider myself an independant, not a republican, not a democrat. My grandfather was a democrat, staunch. He would be very disappointed if he were alive today. This country is definitely moving in the wrong direction, and the media is leading the way. The media is still on its honeymoon with Obama. If we continue to head down this road it will be up to the press to help holt these phiosophies but I have a feeling that they will help president obama lead the way. Yes the press is too soft on Obama. God help us all.

    February 22, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Jon

    yeah Bill i doubt your a republican...

    February 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Jon

    hey and Remember 55 Million voted for McCain... not everyone loves Obama

    February 22, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Mike in NYC

    I'm still waiting for the Great One to be asked to comment on the remark made by that low-down, arrogant commissar he appointed Attorney General (with the consent of the Senate, of course, who wanted to be on the "right side of history.")

    February 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    They do seem a little soft.
    Now unnamed sources say Obama plans to half the deficit in four years, partly by spending less on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But didn't BO campaign by saying we need to turn the focus away from Iraq and towards Afghanistan? And he authorized more troops to go to Aghanistan?
    So will the media ask about this inconsistency? And if they do, will the Obamamaniacs bash them for being negative?

    February 22, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Mike in Houston


    I listen to both conservative and liberal talk radio. Liberal talk radio is much more radical than the conservatives. Liberals regularly talk about imprisoning elected officials, CEO's, anyone that is currently being demonized by the political establishment. Conservatives argue the issues.

    The liberal left is highly intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them.

    February 22, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Texas Teacher

    What this package will do is make medical care affordable for ALL of US and NOT at the profit of the AMA, Pharmecuetical Companies, INsurance companies, and all of the medical industry that feed off our ill health!


    February 22, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Just look at the daily coverage of the most trivial events. Obama can't blow his nose without a front page or news leadoff about it. I'm sure Laura Bush visited lots of schools. Ever see coverage? Yes, the press love affair elected him, and are stopping them from asking tough questions. Why don't they demand a withdrawal timetable for Afghanistan? Why don't they demand deficit projections? Why don't they ask how Obama can be bipartisan if he lets Pelosi and her goons write bills without any Rep. input? Why not question when Obama was in the Senate why he wasn't screaming about the economic train wreck coming? You can try to blame Bush, but there were 535 members of Congress who sat there and let it happen.

    February 22, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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