June 14, 2007

Talk about burying the lede.

There's probably already been some comment about this, but it's new to me.

This is the headline: Bush plunges to new low in poll .

An approval rating of 29% isn't that hot. Eleven paragraphs in (and admittedly, these are the new-media style, single sentence paragraphs, so it's not like they're real literary type paragraphs), we finally see something to compare that to: "[...] the poll was not all good news for Democrats: at just 23 percent, the approval rating for the Democrat-led Congress is lower than Bush's. [...]"

And the press wonders why no one trusts it anymore. The headline could just as easily have been written "Bush trounces Congress' popularity by 6%!" or "Congress' Approval Rating Plunges Even Further, Faster, Than President's" or any number of other things.

Let's face it--no one really believed a Democratically-controlled Congress would be better than the one that preceded it, and no one really believes the press is non-partisan. So good to see both presumptions so neatly confirmed in one story.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at June 14, 2007 10:02 AM