Since the 2016 presidential election we have consistently seen the MSM claim that "all" the pollsters got it wrong, as they excused and justified their utter failure to accurately capture the mood of voters and the support that Donald Trump actually had across the heartland of America, while refusing to report (which they later admitted) how "hated" Hillary Clinton was in those same areas.
The reason I highlight the IBD/TIPP polling success is because recently they conducted a poll regarding the story that has been dominating the news, about the Obama White House weaponizing the U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on the Trump campaign leading up to the 2016 election, and even after the election, and the numbers have severe ramifications for the mainstream media, as we see that 87 percent of Republicans, and 55 percent of Independents that are following the issues "very closely" or "somewhat closely," believe the Obama administration "improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 election." The shocking number comes from Democrats that are following the issue closely, where over 30 percent also agree that the Obama administration acted improperly.
The poll also suggests that many Americans think the roots of the allegations made against Trump extend beyond the two major party campaigns in the last presidential election and deep into the Obama era's intelligence and law enforcement bureaucracies, and may involve active political bias on the part of supposedly nonpartisan employees of both the Justice Department and FBI.
In the IBD/TIPP survey of public opinion, we asked respondents "How closely are you following news stories about the role played by the FBI and the Department of Justice during the 2016 presidential election?" Of those who responded, 72% said they were following the story either "very closely" (39%) or "somewhat closely" (33%). Our responses were taken only from those who were following the story closely.
Some 55% of those said it was "likely" that the Obama administration "improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 election." There was an obvious partisan split among the responses, with 87% of Republicans and 55% of independents saying the improper spying took place, but only 31% of Democrats.
On the question of whether a special counsel was needed to "investigate whether the FBI and the Department of Justice improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election," 54% responded "yes," and 44% "no." Again, 74% of Republicans and 50% of independents wanted a special counsel appointed. But even 44% of Democrats thought it would be a good idea.
As the tidal wave of new information continues to come out over the attempts by the Obama administration, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, FBI and DOJ senior level officials, and the MSM, to "rig" the 2016 presidential election, albeit unsuccessfully, Democrats have been downplaying the extent of the improper behavior of the Obama administration and the weaponization and politicization of the intelligence agencies beneath him.
The huge problem for the MSM is that they have attempted to do the same, willingly complicit in not fully informing the public, but rather pushing the Democratic spin as they seem to have become nothing more than the propaganda arm for the Democratic party.
Let me offer a recent example: After President Trump informed the public back in March 2017 that the Obama administration had "wire-tapped" Trump Tower, CNN and all the other MSM outlets claimed he lied, saying it was a "baseless claim," they mocked him for his claim, until recently when all the FISA abuses and FBI/DOJ biases, were revealed, showing that members of Trump's team were surveilled, including Paul Manafort, who did indeed have an office in the Trump Tower, and yes, it was surveilled.
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin recently attempted to address the new information, which contradicted CNN's own reporting back in March through early September 2017, just to be cut off as they did not want to "inform" their audience, they wanted to focus on the anti-Trump news of the day instead.
“The Democrats have already made their arguments about the whole subject,” he continued. “So the memo itself, I mean people will read it, those who are interested. But I think this has been the story of this past Trump year. Stories that were, you know, explosive and big. Remember he said, Obama wiretapped me. Like, what? That was a huge story we spent months on.”
CNN had criticized Trump for making such claims, but it was later confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had tapped Paul Manafort. That along with the Nunes memo made the allegations more plausible. Just as Toobin was about to dissect the wiretap story he was cut off by Camerota.
“That is about the memo and the rebuttal. That is the heart of this,” she said
The reason the numbers highlighted above from the IBD/TIPP poll are so damning and damaging to the MSM is because it shows that Independents, who generally read news from all over, and 31 percent of Democrats, who generally focus more on liberal MSM "news," aren't buying the justifications, excuses or the Democratic spin on the news that the MSM keeps pushing at them.
The Republican numbers are no surprise, as it is documented how the MSM has spent the last year acting as the "opposing party" rather than objective journalists, with 90 percent of their reporting on President Trump being hostile or negative, but the high number of Independents that are following this story, and nearly a third of Democrats, know every time the media pushes the Democratic spin, they are either lying directly to them, or are not being completely honest with their audience.
When over 30 percent of the MSM's core audience (Democrats) who are paying attention to the FBI/DOJ/Obama administration abuses, knows the MSM is lying to them, or not fully informing them, and 44 percent of Democrats paying attention to this issue, are supportive of a special counsel to investigate the improprieties, despite the MSM bias against a special counsel to investigate the FBI/DOJ actions, it shows a huge, gigantic problem for the MSM going forward.
Independent Media has been documenting the MSM antics, from outright fake news, to pushing Democratic spin, to their never-ending attacks against President Trump, but even we underestimated the extent and the scale of how many of their core audience they are alienating by lying to them.
All writers have their own set of beliefs, their own ideology, and the subject matter they chose to report on often reflects that, but the liberal mainstream media has taken it to another level by becoming the propaganda arm of the Democratic party, and their own audience is recognizing this. If they would link to actual documents, name their sources, allow readers or viewers to see everything so they could take all the information into account, then decide for themselves whether or not they agree with the writer's "spin," they wouldn't be the eight of the top ten brands considered polarizing, and they wouldn't be so distrusted that even 31 percent of their core audience knows they are being misled.
The numbers provided in the IBD/TIPP poll shows clearly that a nearly a third of the MSM's core base of Democrats, along with a majority of Independents that are paying attention to the issues of the day, not only disagree with the MSM, but also no longer trust them to completely inform them.
That is very, very bad news for the liberal mainstream media.