Don’t be fooled. Here’s an accurate assessment of the contest for President:
“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-six percent (46%) disapprove. The last time the president’s job approval reached a high of this number was in September 2019”—Rasmussen Reports
“When Politico accuses CNN of a softball Interview [with Joe Biden] , you know there’s a problem.
“This man might become POTUS, yet still, too many reporters think their role is to help make that happen instead of asking hard Qs.
“The media is broken”–Tweet from Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush
“For the second time this week, a presidential candidate fielded questions from voters in a town hall setting. But if ABC’s event with President Donald Trump was an icy grilling, CNN’s drive-in conversation with Joe Biden Thursday was more like an affable reunion of old acquaintances.”—“The top moments from CNN’s kid-gloves town hall with Biden”
“For much of the campaign, Biden has managed to avoid a thorough interrogation from hostile journalists. And when Biden has allowed himself to be questioned, what he’s subjected to is less a grilling and more a light braising”–Noah Rothman
“Fully 40% of voters see abortion as “very important” to their vote, according to a summer poll from Pew. That puts it well behind nearly a dozen other issues, but nevertheless shows its importance to a huge number of Americans.
“Perhaps most revealing, a spring poll from Gallup found that about 1 in 4 Americans, particularly voters who oppose abortion rights, see abortion as a sort of personal litmus test. Fully 30% of people who consider themselves ‘pro-life’ say they would only vote for a candidate who shares that view compared to 19% of people who consider themselves ‘pro-choice.’”– “The Complicated Importance Of Abortion To Trump Voters”—headline to story published by National Public Radio.
“In 2017, the liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University found that 93 percent of CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was negative. The center found similarly negative Trump coverage at other major news outlets.
“The election year 2020 has only accelerated that asymmetrical bias — to the point that major newspapers and network and cable-news organizations are now fused with the Joe Biden campaign.”—“How American Journalism Died.”
As we end the week, what do these quotes tell us about the changing landscape of the 2020 presidential election?
*First, an important reminder. With respect to voters who cast their ballots based on a candidate’s position on the abortion issue, the advantage is always to the pro-life candidate—and is growing. As noted above, according to Gallup, “Fully 30% of people who consider themselves ‘pro-life’ say they would only vote for a candidate who shares that view compared to 19% of people who consider themselves ‘pro-choice.’”—
Virtually everyone agrees the outcome of the battle between pro-life President Donald Trump and pro-abortion former vice president Joe Biden will likely be a cliff-hanger. That advantage on the abortion issue for President Trump could well be the margin of victory.
*Victory Davis Hanson is not exaggerating when he declares “[M]ajor newspapers and network and cable-news organizations are now fused with the Joe Biden campaign.” There is not even the pretense of giving President Trump a fair shake or asking Joe Biden the kind of tough questions they badger Mr. Trump with.
One is the beneficiary of slow pitch softball questions, the other 100MPH fastballs aimed at the head. To his ever-lasting credit (to continue the sports metaphor), President Trump refuses to bail out. He stands tall in the batter’s box and takes every attack masquerading as a “question” with aplomb. Watching him respond to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos the other night and you marvel at his composure.
If the media refuses to give the President credit for anything, well, that’s their right, never mind if that is an evasion of their responsibilities. “Instead, every three or four days the public is fed a series of fantasy ‘bombshells,’” Hanson writes. Literally—not figuratively but literally—the major media unleashes allegation after allegation, sometimes more than one on a single day. Biden’s own history, of course, is barely touched.
*When following his prepared remarks, he asked for questions. Biden took just the briefest look up, then immediately looked down at a piece of paper in front of him and said, “They gave me a list of how to recognize.” He then asked if a particular reporter “was out there.” It’s not particularly surprising that Biden cannot be shamed. But a less in-the-tank media corps should be embarrassed from the top of their heads down to the souls of their feet.
*A quick word about how skewed polls play into all this. Polling on virtually the same days. Monmouth had Biden up for 2 points in Arizona. Today the New York Times insists he is ahead by 9! This has occurred repeatedly and will grow only more common. The intent is to discourage Trump supporters.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.