SNARLING AT THE ME­DIA

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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.

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