CHUCK GETS IRATE
“It’s not about the media, sir. Hitting the media is always a crutch for you guys.” NBC “Meet the Press“host Chuck Todd told Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who had suggested in an appearance Sunday that the press typically underplayed Donald Trump’s accomplishments.
But alas, public research disputes Mr. Todd’s sentiment, and has for quite some time.
Voters have consistently said they thought the media was against Mr. Trump in assorted polls — even as far back as a year ago. Almost half the respondents in a Rasmussen Reports survey said that was the case in a poll dated Dec. 9, 2015.
More recent findings reveal intensified results in the lead-up to Election Day: 55 percent said the press was against Mr. Trump in Quinnipiac University survey on Oct. 19; 56 percent agreed with that in a similar AP/GFK poll on Oct. 27. Another 75 percent said the press “wanted Hillary Clinton to win the election” in a USA Today poll on Nov. 1.
And when all was said and done, the public still sided with Mr. Trump. A Media Research center post-election poll found that sixout-of-10 voters said the press clearly favored Mrs. Clinton, while 78 percent pronounced election coverage had a liberal bias.