Monday, Rasmussen reported that about 2/3 of those polled are angry at “THE MEDIA” –a faceless, nondescript moniker that, even after two years of language studies, I have yet to be able to decipher. The report states,
Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. voters describe themselves as at least somewhat angry at the media, including 33% who are Very Angry.
The report goes on to clarify what they mean by “THE MEDIA”:
It’s important to note, however, that the question did not in any way define media or differentiate between media outlets such as CNN and Fox News.
So 66% of people are angry at, well, whoever is on TV, I guess. It might have something to do with the fact they 48% of people think reporters are dyed-in-the-wool supports of President Obama:
Now 48% of voters think most reporters when they write or talk about President Obama are trying to help the president pass his agenda. Only 18% think most reporters are trying to block the president from passing his agenda. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say they are simply interested in reporting the news in an unbiased manner.
It’s probably just coincidence that the president also has an RCP Averaged disapproval rating of –wait for it– 47.2%
In light of this, I’m inclined to again ask: Has it occurred to anyone that turning it off is a more meaningful way of protest than yelling at the screen?
But my favorite part comes from the second paragraph of the report:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% say they are not angry at the media, but that includes just nine percent (9%) who say they are not at all angry.
That’s me, baby! I’m a proud member of the “Not At All Angry” 9%! Would somebody make a widget for my sidebar?