October 8, 2009

Bloomberg Spins Negative ObamaCare Poll Into Bad News for GOP

Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft, who has been on quite a roll as of late, had the Media Bias Catch of the Day, Polling Division, this morning. Rush mentioned Hoft’s post on his show this afternoon.

Jim compared the results of a Quinnipiac poll on ObamaCare to how Bloomberg reported the results. He first noted what Quinnipiac found:


Jim then asked, “So, how does the state-run media report this news?” Here’s the answer:


Bloomberg’s false fig leaf is this paragraph from Quinnipiac:

But Republicans get their lowest grades since Obama was elected on several measures:

  • Voters disapprove 64 – 25 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their job, with 42 percent of Republican voters disapproving;
  • Only 29 percent think Republicans on Capitol Hill are acting in good faith;
  • Voters trust Obama more than Republicans 47 – 31 percent to handle health care;
  • Voters 53 – 25 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party.

Only one of the items even relates to health care, and the question is in no way comparable to the one asked about a specific (well, as specific as he ever gets) Obama plan. About Obama, it says that “American voters oppose 47 – 40 percent President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan.” By any reasonable reading of this result in combination with the third bullet just noted, the most you could possibly conclude is that voters specifically don’t like ObamaCare, but don’t trust Republicans to do any better with the issue in general. That simply doesn’t translate into “Voters Back Obama Over Republicans on Health Care” by any sane interpretation. The truth is that “Voters Back Republicans in Their Opposition to ObamaCare.”

Jim wrapped his post by asking, “Could the media be any more in the tank for these guys?” Only if they were on the government dole, Jim — and that may be coming.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.



  1. It isn’t just the MSM spinning, apparently the Baucus bill was cleverly written to avoid CBO scoring it’s true costs:


    Comment by dscott — October 8, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

  2. Who are these people, anyway? I can see people being unhappy with the GOP for not standing up to Obama more and for continually taking the squishy “moderate” route and giving him ground, but Obama the radical socialist is more trustworthy on health care than Republicans? Even the weakest of the several counter GOP health care bills that have been offered is vastly better than ObamaCare and all its mutations. And how sad that despite the mountain of evidence that shows Obama to be the least trustworthy president in history, the Quinnipiac polled trust Obama more than Republicans. The fact that only 29% percent think opposition to ObamaCare is based on legitimate concerns and not on “bad faith” is even sadder. There’s no way anyone with any common sense can see Republicans as doing a worst “job” than Obama, when they (GOP) don’t control the presidency or Congress, and therefore are not the architects of the current mess we have. They would be the dems and O doing. They, not the GOP, are breeding radical czars who have potentional unlimited power and no oversight, emboldening out enemies with appeasement and defeatist talk, and passing (or trying to pass) economy throttling bills like the “stimulus” plan and cap and trade. The bailouts of banks and autos may have started under Bush, but it is Obama who has turned them into the power grabbing, tax-payer wasting, corruption breeding, rights trampling boondoggles they are today. (Sarc)And I guess it’s Obamas vast experience and shining examples of competency up to this point that convinces folks that he can run our health care. (Sarc off)

    It seems that despite widespread opposition to ObamaCare, Obama worship is alive and well, and vast swatches of the lib meme that conservatives are unprincipled and untrustworthy mean people who are only opposed to ObamaCare because of politics (or because he’s black) have taken hold. Sad, sad, sad. I expect the nutroots to make big hay out of this poll because it seems to indicate a stronger dislike of the GOP than the radical screwup who is our current POTUS.

    But maybe I read too much into one poll.

    Comment by zf — October 8, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

  3. Oh, and notice how Bloomberg characterizes the Republican opposition as “attacks.” Remember, Dems are the only ones who “criticize.” When Repubs criticize, it’s always labeled an “attack.”

    No, I think it’s the exposing of how destructive Obamas “proposals” (notice how it’s merely “proposals” according to Bloombergs, and not the vast takeover that is truly being pushed) rather than any “attacks” that have hurt Blamma. The people have seen the truth and they don’t like it.

    Comment by zf — October 8, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

  4. The reporters themselves may not be on the government doll but the companies that they’re employed by certainly are. The media has yet to realize that there’s a profound difference between between capitalism, which they love condemning for the crimes of corporatism. Corporatism is when corporations influence the government to create laws, in particular to limit the competitions ability to compete.

    I wonder if there’ll be a day when our citizenry takes action and arrests these criminals. There’s a game I found earlier this week where you actually can, just google “2011: Obama’s Coup Fails”

    Comment by Daman — October 8, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

  5. But you’re forgetting that a) many of them don’t consider corporatism a crime, in fact they consider corporations influencing laws a good thing and a sign of “responsibility” for bowing to socialism b) the government is the real power, the corporation can influence but only the government can make the law, corporatism is really socialism as that influence can snap at any second based on the bureaucrats realm. Ans it’s not only corporations that do try to influence, non-profit groups and small businesses can try to influence too, usually by all combining their numbers.

    Comment by zf — October 9, 2009 @ 3:01 am

  6. The beauty of these guys is they’re so blatant about it. Gone are the days when Conservatives knew the MSM was biased but it was so subtle some people just didn’t see it, or let it slide. Now, it’s so blatant that people are really getting disgusted.

    Comment by Astronomy — October 9, 2009 @ 5:52 am

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  8. Here’s a thought most people may not have considered: Congress has never cut doctors fees for Medicare by 25% as they put in this bill, it’s probably not going to happen. And even if they did, of necessity Medigap insurance rates would have to go up to make up the difference as the subordinate coverage. So not only will seniors get socked with a $1000/year (average) extra insurance costs at the destruction of Medicare Advantage, they will be socked again as those rates go up in proportion to declining Medicare reimbursements to doctors.

    Comment by dscott — October 9, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  9. #8, THAT is a very good point.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 9, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  10. Posts like this remind me exactly why I stopped reading you. The Quinny poll also shows that nearly TWO-THIRDS of Americans support Obama’s plan for a public option. Something you gloss over.

    If you had actually read the entire poll, you’d get the context as to why Americans in the poll oppose the health care bill- they don’t want it passing with only Democratic support. That is the only rational explanation the bill gives, especially when its data suggests that nearly two-thirds support what is allegedly the most controversial part of his plan. And yes, the poll on a number of questions shows that American opposition to Obama’s health care is not politically benefitting the GOP because they’re seen as not acting in good faith and not more trustworthy on the issue than Obama. Overall, this poll has more bad data for the GOP than Obama, which solves the great mystery as to why it was reported that way!

    Comment by Modern Esquire — October 9, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

  11. #9, which brings us back to a question I posed earlier, can Medicare Trust Fund money be spend on anything other than seniors? The answer is emphatically NO. Any savings Obama and Democrats talk about from Medicare to pay for uninsured people is a dishonest ruse. What Democrats want to do is NOT pay back seniors/workers for the money the government misappropriated from the Medicare Trust Fund by lowering the annual payouts. This is no different with the Social Security Trust Fund. To justify the lower payout, they are claiming the money not spent by government on seniors can instead be spent on others. To share the pain, the pols are going to tax those who are being responsible because if they have money for themselves then they have money for others.

    What we have here is Bernie Madoff trying to convince his investors that if you’ll only accept a lower return on your investment, we can get more people to participate in the wealth by getting them to invest what meager savings they have so they can get in on the good life too.

    Comment by dscott — October 9, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

  12. #10, thanks for not reading, and for your substance-free comment.

    Too bad the latest iterations of whatever the plans are don’t have a public option in them, making your comment, as usual and as noted, substance-free. There are Trojan horse versions, but that’s not the same.

    So, as usual, your point is that you have no point.

    The best and most accurate headline remains, “Voters Back Republicans in Their Opposition to ObamaCare.”


    Comment by TBlumer — October 9, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

  13. New health care howler, Democrats now floating balloon that health care reform will create 10 million jobs.


    Is there no lie big enough that a Democrat won’t tell to pass a bill that rewards their campaign contributors?

    Comment by dscott — October 10, 2009 @ 10:10 am

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