NBC Headline Rephrased: Less than 2 of 5 Americans Upset about Trump firing Comey

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NBC Headline Rephrased: Less than 2 of 5 Americans Upset about Trump firing Comey

There is a breath­less head­line from an NBC Poll just out:

NBC/​WSJ Poll: Just 29 Per­cent Approve of Trump’s Fir­ing of James Comey

Now read­ing that head­line you would think that 71 per­cent dis­ap­prove, and I’m sure that’s what NBC wants you to think, how­ever if you actu­ally read the story you find out…

Just 29 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say they approve of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s deci­sion to fire FBI Direc­tor James Comey, while 38 per­cent dis­ap­prove, accord­ing to results from a new NBC News/​Wall Street Jour­nal poll. Another 32 per­cent of respon­dents don’t have enough to say on the matter.

Don’t know enough to say? Actu­ally the poll says “No opin­ion” in the graphic but it’s another attempt to make the Comey fir­ing a prob­lem when it isn’t, par­tic­u­larly when you dis­cover that the 38 per­cent that is angry is dri­ven by Democ­rats (2 of 3 polled) who are likely out­raged about Trump get­ting that 2nd scoop of Ice cream.

So in the inter­est of show­ing what media spin is I’ve taken the lib­erty of rephras­ing the head­line to reflect the actual real­ity which is this:

The US pub­lic doesn’t give a damn that Trump fired Comey, but the media wants them to.

Exit ques­tion, if after a week of push­ing this story the united and con­certed MSM media efforts can’t even get 40% of the pub­lic riled up about Comey what does that say about their power to actu­ally influ­ence the pub­lic these days?

That’s the real story here.

Update: pow­er­line dis­cov­ers another head­line to rephrase


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There is a breathless headline from an NBC Poll just out:

NBC/WSJ Poll: Just 29 Percent Approve of Trump’s Firing of James Comey

Now reading that headline you would think that 71 percent disapprove, and I’m sure that’s what NBC wants you to think, however if you actually read the story you find out…

Just 29 percent of Americans say they approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, while 38 percent disapprove, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Another 32 percent of respondents don’t have enough to say on the matter.

Don’t know enough to say?  Actually the poll says “No opinion” in the graphic but it’s another attempt to make the Comey firing a problem when it isn’t, particularly when you discover that the 38 percent that is angry is driven by Democrats (2 of 3 polled) who are likely outraged about Trump getting that 2nd scoop of Ice cream.

So in the interest of showing what media spin is I’ve taken the liberty of rephrasing the headline to reflect the actual reality which is this:

The US public doesn’t give a damn that Trump fired Comey, but the media wants them to.

Exit question, if after a week of pushing this story the united and concerted MSM media efforts can’t even get 40% of the public riled up about Comey what does that say about their power to actually influence the public these days?

That’s the real story here.

Update:  powerline discovers another headline to rephrase


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