Friday, January 2, 2009

The Power Of The Media

There is no other way to explain this than the power of the media. All emphasis mine.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A national poll suggests that three-quarters of the public thinks President-elect Barack Obama is a strong and decisive leader, the highest marks for a president-elect on that characteristic in nearly three decades.

Seventy-six percent of Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday said Obama is a strong and decisive leader.

"That's the best number an incoming president has gotten on that dimension since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "The public's rating of his leadership skills is already as high as George W. Bush's was after 9/11 and easily beats the numbers that both Bush and Bill Clinton got at the start of their first terms in office."

Just six in 10 felt that Bush was a strong leader when he took office in 2001. After the attacks of September 11, that number rose to three in four. Sixty-seven percent thought Bill Clinton was a strong leader when he took office in January 1993. Watch how Obama compares with his predecessors »

Eight in ten Americans said Obama inspires confidence, can get things done and is tough enough to be president, three characteristics Americans look for in a leader and the three qualities on which Obama got his highest scores.

He also gets higher marks than Bush did in 2001 on honesty, values, issues, management abilities and compassion.


Can anyone explain this to me? Now, for full disclosure, I do not like Obama. I don't want to shock anyone here, but I really do not. With that said, what could people possibly be basing these opinions on? "Strong and decisive leader", "management abilities"? Are people basing this on the 3 years he spent in the Senate, the last 1 and a half campaigning? Or maybe the fact that he sponsored no major bills during this lengthy tenure? Or maybe it is the lack of any significant committee work?

Also there are the high marks for values and issues. A more appropriate survey would have been to ask these 76% of the people to list his values or his position on the major issues. Actually it would be more accurate to ask them to list his different positions on the issues. My bet is that most of the people cannot list any of these, but will stick with their assessment of him anyways.

The reality is that this poll can only be explained by the media's influence on the public. I have said this before, Barack Obama is an empty suit with no real values or issues. He is a manufactured president.

So, while we don't really know anything about Obama, that's OK, he makes us feel all warm inside.

16 comments:

kevin said...

Obama's absentee ballots in the Senate prove that he's not strong or decisive.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400629&tab=votes

The MSM has buried the obvious fact by creating it's own facts in the way of polling.

shoprat said...

A strong leader who inspires confidence?

Could also be said about Stalin, Mussolini, Castro, Mugabe, Chavez, Hitler, Napoleon . . . have I forgotten anyone.

We want a leader who is a man of integrity with a clear and workable vision. Not a rock star who merely knows how to inspire people.

CJ said...

God Bless You! Certainly these people posted were unbiased citizens, neither republican nor democrat, right? Yeah Right!

I tried to no avail to tell people he was an "empty suit" as you put it.

The media. Its a joke!! Thank God for Fox News.....and they even seemed to cave in the last few weeks before the election.

I just hope that blog like yours, while it will draw like-thinking-people, can open up some eyes and make people see what this man really is.

I hope he's the best president we've ever had. Do I really believe it will happen? No way!

Z said...

"It's the MEDIA, stupid". You may quote me!! (LOL!)

It's ALL THE MEDIA.

I'm so tired of great bloggers wanting Conservatives to REFOCUS, GET OUR MESSAGE BETTER HONED, GO BACK TO REAGANOMICS...NO! It makes NO MATTER unless the media isn't LYING, folks!! and mischaracterizing, etc etc..

listen to me. I'm old. I know!

okay, i'm not old, but I'm getting there!! HEE! (just posted a Christmas picture, Chuck...lights at their best, I wasn't going to but Dave Wyatt asked!)

Great piece here..thanks for agreeing with me. THE MEDIA'S LETHAL TO THIS COUNTRY,...who ever thought this would happen? Even Europe's media is HONEST. TRUST me.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Seventy-six percent of Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday said Obama is a strong and decisive leader

The man's been holding press conferences from his president-elect podium since the November Election, commenting on the economic crisis, auto bailout, Iran, etc., but can't answer anything but "present" (or should that be "absent"?) when it comes to a major foreign policy "crisis" as Israel and Hamas?

Uh....uh....uh.....uh.....


Straddling the fence is not a strong, decisive leader make.

Chuck said...

Kevin, evidently absenteeism is what the voters are looking for in a leader

Shoprat, agreed

CJ, the media has become more than a joke. I wonder if they haven't destroyed any chance of regaining the public's trust

Z, watching Krauthammer yesterday and he was talking about what most of us have said, that the media neglects to identify Dems when they write an article about corruption but treat Republican as the politicians given name. Paraphrasing but funny in his dry way

Wordsmith, he has been all over the place on the economy but silent on any foreign affairs, doesn't want to interfere with Bush. Yea right

Larry T Durham said...

Your post wisely points out that Barry worship is all built on smoke and mirrors . And what does it say about Americans that buy into this bullcrap? Could it be a lack of depth in our lives? Rampant stupidity? A hole where God used to live?

I rarely talk Bible stuff (maybe I should more often), but Thessolonians 2 has some interesting things to say. I suggest reading it in its entirity for proper context:

11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

In my layman opinion, everything about Barry, the bailouts, the market crash, climate change hysteria, etc, ad nauseum, are a damn lie and I don't believe one bit of it. It's all part of the "powerful delusion" as I see it. Is media the tool God chose?

cube said...

The answer is that these people are stupid and/or ignorant.

The MSM sold these people a pig in a poke and they're too stupid and/or ignorant to know it.

When they find out, there will be hell to pay.

Chuck said...

Larry, it's the American Idol syndrome. In the age of media overload, image is everything.

Cube, leave it to you to make things simple. Thanks.

mksviews said...

It's media power Chuck, but not completely that. Many of the masses are ignorant, lazy and gullible too.

We have the same thing here in Australia and it was the same in the UK. We live in an age where to be seen to be doing something is far, far better than actually doing anything.

Obama has done nothing and led no one, yet, the media spin helps a lot too.

The way i see it, not much point railing against it, the masses are not interested in hearing it.

They will only learn from the pain, the pain he will leave behind him when he is done. And even that is not assured.

Aaron Proctor said...

This is what happens when you get the Youth vote "energized".

They make misinformed, ignorant decisions..and then don't vote in an election again for another 20 years.

Remember, the same people who brought us Jesse Ventura helped bring in Obama: stupid kids who can tell you every American Idol winner but can't name all 50 state capitals or who any Presidents were before Bill Clinton.

Shoprat has it down: If we're all about "rockstars" running for office - can we at least get a rockstar with a little substance, too?

- AP

Christopher Hamilton said...

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Kelley said...

I'm with you--I can't believe these numbers. It's possible these poll numbers could be based on the way the questions were asked. I know I've taken polls which required yes or no answers, or questions that lead to a certain type of answer. In a court of law that would bring up an objection based on "leading the witness." LOL Also, people reporting on polls will often combine statistics to give people a specific impression. Not much honest, unbiased reporting from the MSM these days.

Chuck said...

MK, I will continue to complain, even if no one is listening. For one thing, complaining is what keeps me alive :)

BTW, the media is reporting here this morning that Australia has said no to the Gitmo prisoners. I think we should leave their sorry butts right where they are.

Aaron, the morons that gave us Ventura are the reason we are having the recount in Minnesota right now. You would have to be a real knuckle dragger to vote for this whacko.

Christopher, I suspect the fix is in for you guys. But, as I replied somewhere yesterday, this may give Rudy easy pickings in 2010.

Kelley, thanks for stopping by. Agreed, I hadn't really thought about this angle. The reality is that polls cannot be trusted anymore than the MSM that are putting them out. They cook these numbers to further their agenda. Stop by again

Z said...

Chuck, when the Blogojevich thing first hit, elbro emailed me that CNN had put (R) near his name. yup

But, maybe they just mistook his affiliation, RIGHT? (LOL!)

cube said...

Thanks, I try ;-)