SNARLING AT THE MEDIA
Yet another major poll reveals that the media continues to accumulate negative reviews. A wide-ranging survey from the Pew Research Center finds that two-thirds of Americans say the news media has had a “negative impact on the U.S.” — rating the press at the bottom of a list of national institutions that includes churches, colleges and labor unions.
“The national survey found that 63 percent of the respondents gave a thumbs down on the media and its influence on the nation. It also revealed a stark and unprecedented partisan difference,” the poll analysis says.
“Partisan differences in views of the national news media, already wide, have grown even wider. Democrats’ views of the effect of the national news media have grown more positive over the past year, while Republicans remain overwhelmingly negative,” the analysis reads.
“About as many Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents think the news media has a positive (44 percent) as negative (46 percent) impact on the way things are going in the country. The share of Democrats holding a positive view of the news media’s impact has increased 11 percentage points since last August (33 percent),” the research notes.
“Republicans, by about eight-to-one (85 percent to 10 percent), say the news media has a negative effect. These views have changed little in the past few years.” time-consuming parliamentary procedures not seen by past administrations,” the GOP notes in its analyses, which gets into the nitty-gritty of the process.
“Democrats in the Senate have allowed only 10 percent of President Trump’s confirmations to happen by voice vote, while more than 90 percent of President Obama’s were confirmed by a simple voice vote by this point in 2009. The average time it takes for the Senate to confirm a Trump nominee compared to past administrations is the highest in recent history, at 43 days,” the analysis said.
The president’s nominees have faced the “burdensome hurdle of a cloture vote 30 times so far” compared to Mr. Obama’s nominees. Only eight of them encountered cloture motions by the August recess. Fourteen of Mr. Trump’s Cabinet nominees faced a cloture vote, compared to 11 for all previous presidents combined, the GOP said.
“Democrats have tried to slow the process, invoking arcane parliamentary procedure to force delays and boycotting committee meetings to prevent votes. Some Democrats have even admitted they are doing so for political revenge,” the GOP noted.
In addition, the White House points out that the obstruction is “damaging the government” and could compromise national security, particularly since just six of Mr. Trump’s 22 nominations for the Defense Department have been confirmed.