Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Media Gets a Thumbs-Up

According to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll mentioned by Frank Rich in his column in the Times this morning, 77-percent of Americans believe that the news media has covered Hurricane Katrina "responsibly." Progressive Pulpit comments on Rich's column and on the media's approval rating.

What do these numbers do to the claim frequently made by conservatives that the media is untrustworthy and full of liberal distorters? The overwhelming results of this poll mean that Republicans as well as Democrats had to have expressed support for the work the media has done. Hopefully this means that we can go at least a week or so without hearing Hannity, Limbaugh, and Coulter pass the buck for the Katrina response to the "MLM" (mainstream liberal media) for hyping up the story.

3 Comments:

At 9:58 PM, Blogger joated said...

Wait a minute. You're touting a CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll quoted by Frank Rich in the NYT as supportive of the MSM?

This is sarcasm, isn't it?

Tell me, what does the fox think of the new chicken coop?

 
At 5:59 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Is your suggestion that the chicken came before the egg?

If I'm not mistaken, you're saying that the poll came out favorably for the media because it was cited by Frank Rich and conducted by CNN/USA Today/Gallup. I think Rich referenced the poll precisely because its results happened to assist his point.

Showing me a poll asking the exact same question and getting a drastically different response from the public would be the only refutation of this poll. Acting as if its results have little merit because they were picked up on by a liberal columnist is not logical.

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Joated---

I misunderstood your comment. Disregard my response.

 

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