This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features NBC News political reporter and “Meet the Press” anchor-in-waiting Chuck Todd ignoring the network’s own polling that showed President Obama at a record job approval low.
Typically that would be a huge story, but NBC’s Brian Williams didn’t mention it, nor did Todd. In the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last week, Obama’s job approval is under water, 40 percent approve to 54 percent disapprove.
On Tuesday night, instead of mentioning any of the poll findings, Williams spent 40 seconds showing an online video of a Norwegian mom trying to get her two-year old son to go to bed on a hot summer night.
On Wednesday, the “Today” show brought Todd in to relay highlights from the survey, but he skipped the approval number. He concentrated on general disapproval of the Washington political scene and how people are angry.
“It’s not just an angry public, it’s not just a frustrated public at Washington, it’s almost an exasperated public. We used this poll to try to understand: How hard was it to dig out of the great recession? And these people are angry and they are fed up with Washington and throwing up their hands,” said Todd.
“They’re really frustrated at Washington, that they’re not doing their job, they say. Over 70 percent think that Washington should be doing more for this economy and they’re not doing it, they’re just sitting on their hands,” he added.
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “A complete abdication of basic journalistic responsibilities. If a record low approval for the president is not news, what is? Just last week, former Obama press aide Reid Cherlin insisted ‘Barack Obama never had reporters eating out of his hand the way that right-wingers love to allege.’ No, Obama has always had a compliant press corps, and NBC, Brian Williams and Chuck Todd prove he still has one.”
Rating: Five out of five screams.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.