Normally when you’d think of media bias, you’d think of the media subtly shifting certain facts in a story to lead to you their desired conclusion. Seldom do they put the facts in front of you before lying to you, but that’s exactly what MSNBC did while reporting on Trump’s poll numbers.
Since the DNC, the majority of polls showed Trump lagging Hillary by a wide margin, and he still is behind her when you average all the major polls together. However, the gap is closing, and Trump is no longer behind in all the polls surveyed. One of those recently showing Trump ahead was CNN’s poll, with Trump garnering 45 percent of the electorate, compared to 43 percent for Hillary. Three percent are undecided, so the remaining nine percent is split between Gary Johnson and Jill Stein with them earning seven and two percent of the vote, respectively.
So how did they spin it over at MSNBC? They reported on the poll showing Trump winning, but only next to an “adjusted” version of the poll that showed Hilary leading Trump four points (46-42).
— Jeff B back in black (@EsotericCD) September 6, 2016
MSNBC took the CNN poll numbers, then magically changed them by trying to predict what the election would be like if the 2016 electorate had been identical to the 2012 electorate, because apparently the fact that the demographics of an electorate changes over time invalidates what the electorate currently looks like.
As HotAir’s Allahpundit noted, by this same logic, I guess, if you “adjusted” CNN’s result using the 1984 electorate, Trump would be up something like 15 points due to his strength with white voters. Electorates change. They change a lot more over 32 years than they do over four years, but even four years is time enough for decisive shifts to happen. Look no further than Obama’s landslide in 2008. He turned a narrow Bush win in 2004 into a Democratic whupping by mobilizing minorities and young voters like no one before him had done. Trump is looking to do the same thing this year with working-class whites. If he pulls it off, the 2012 electorate will be irrelevant.
It really is a sign of how desperate the media is to twist the truth to present a narrative, even when it’s completely unnecessary. The majority of polls still show Hillary ahead of Trump – why not just report accurately on the CNN poll and compare it to the polls showing otherwise?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]