Here’s a big “Well, DUH!”
A new Rasmussen survey released Thursday reveals a majority of likely voters “think the news media are less aggressive in questioning (Joe) Biden than they were in questioning (Donald) Trump.”
The survey of 1,000 voters was conducted Feb. 2-3 by Rasmussen. It found 55 percent of likely voters believe Biden is getting much softer treatment from the press than Trump did.
“Only 13% say the media are more aggressive with Biden,” according to Rasmussen, “27% percent believe the aggressiveness of the media is about the same.”
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Breaking things down along party lines, Rasmussen said a whopping 77 percent of Republicans say the media is less aggressive with the Democrat, as do 55 percent of Independent voters. By no surprise, only 33 percent of Democrats think the media is less aggressive with their guy.
Another interesting revelation was that ratings for cable news networks “fell precipitously after Biden’s inauguration, and 28% of voters say they have followed news about politics less since Biden became president than they did when Trump was president.”
Only 17 percent say they are following political news more since Biden was sworn in, and 53 percent are following politics “about the same.”
Biden’s kid glove treatment by the press may be one reason he’s doing better than Trump in Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll. According to the polling firm, Biden is doing a good job according to 52 percent of likely voters while 47 percent disapprove. According to Rasmussen, 36 percent strongly approve of Biden’s performance, while 37 percent strongly disapprove.
Throughout Trump’s four years in the Oval Office, he constantly complained about his treatment by the establishment press, invariably accusing reporters and news agencies of pumping out “fake news.” Conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have frequently accused the establishment media of bias, both on certain cable news networks and on the big three broadcast networks, whether they were discussing Sunday morning news/talk programs or nightly news reports.
The former president didn’t help himself by confronting the press, say many observers.
Trump rarely was given favorable coverage, even when he earned three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering peace agreements in the Middle East.
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