Poll President Obama

Nice Things And Why We Can’t Have Them

The federal deficit has been reduced during every fiscal year since President Obama took office beginning with fiscal 2010, but you wouldn’t know it if you asked the average American.

via Steve Benen

Deficit Poll

A 62% majority believe the deficit is getting bigger, 28% believe the deficit is staying roughly the same, and only 6% believe the deficit is shrinking.

In other words, in the midst of a major national debate over America’s finances, 90% of Americans are wrong about the one basic detail that probably matters most in the conversation, while only 6% — 6%! — are correct.

There’s a simple explanation for this — the traditional media has utterly failed at their job of informing the public. Because while they’re complaining about being unable to accompany the president during his golf game with Tiger Woods, they’re engaging in lazy journalism by accepting talking points at face value.

To do otherwise would just be liberal media bias, right? Maintaining access is a higher priority than being curious.

The View From Nowhere, which says we should let viewers decide what the truth is rather than report the truth, is poisonous to the electorate.