Mainstream media frustrated by voters as midterms break in GOP’s direction
If I cut out all the noise, it seems to me that the media is starting to get angry with the voters.
There is a growing gap between sharp statements in the press and the things polluted people are telling you they are worried about, and it’s basically issues in favor of the Republicans.
In stories, in clips, in columns, in tweets, you can get frustrated that voters don’t care enough about what the mainstream media sees as looming threats.
What about abortion rights? What about election deniers? How about January 6th? what or what About Donald Trump? What about the danger to democracy??
Not to mention, what about President Biden’s track record? Why doesn’t that help??
I’m not saying it’s unfair for journalists and commentators to raise any of these things. But they also have to realize that many voters are not Buying is on their agenda And that the media got trapped in something like a bubble.
With 44% in a recent New York Times poll citing inflation or the economy as the number one issue – and abortion at just 5% – it’s clear why the election broke in the Republican Party’s direction. Incidentally, this is not unusual in midterm elections, when discontent with the ruling party leads to a massive loss of seats. (Keep in mind that Kevin McCarthy only needs a net profit of five to become the next speaker, and Mitch McConnell just needs Choosing one seat to regain the position of majority leader).
As Steve Krakauer said, citing the Monmouth Poll, in his Forth Watch newsletter:
“Only 8 percent of Americans say their views about that day have changed during committee hearings — just as in August and up from 6 percent in June. 44 percent said they don’t believe the committee could hold a fair hearing — that’s higher Number so far, up 8 percent since August. But more importantly, only 36 percent of Americans say Donald Trump is “directly responsible” for what happened that day, a percentage that has been gradual. back off since the start of the sessions. Acela Media is as far away as ever.”
Case in point: Tom Nichols from The Atlantic tweeted: “The United States faces the greatest danger its constitutional system Since at least the 1950s, if not *18*50, millions of people are like: Yes, but gas, man. “
Sure, there was a grudging admission that the Republicans had the momentum. But this is accompanied by a feeling of disbelief.
One example: It was big news when the Jan. 6 House committee, in its mostly recasting final session, approved Trump’s subpoena. But then CNN and MSNBC went to the wall when the committee formally approved the subpoena, although nothing changed. Most voters don’t comment on every procedural development (and everyone knows Trump won’t show up anyway).
In Biden’s legislative record, True, he pushed a slew of bipartisan legislation: on infrastructure, gun safety, computer chips, and aid for sick veterans. This brought his approval rating to the mid-1940s. But much of that seems bare when gas and groceries prices soar, and few Democrats are asking for his campaign’s help.
On the economy, the president is naturally talking about what he thinks has gone right, saying yesterday that it will help create 10 million new jobs and reduce the chances of a recession. But this can manifest itself as a lack of concern about inflation, which he once described as “temporary”.
But Trump still holds clickbait gold for news outlets whose traffic has increased during his presidency. On the front page of the Washington Post yesterday, the most popular story was Bob Woodward’s article on why he released an audiobook of the Trump tapes (now finding the former president “a danger like no other”). Number 4 was a column about Liz Cheney tearing up Trump and his followers at “Meet the Press”.
When Biden gave an exclusive interview to MSNBC, host Jonathan Kephart spent almost all of it calling on the president to criticize Republicans from Trump and MAGA as a danger to democracy. No media critics drew an eye.
It is not that journalists and commentators openly berate voters for not seeing the light of day. There is a sense of confusion that they are not sufficiently practiced in light of the obvious danger to democracy: How could this happen? Don’t you people realize what’s at stake?
Keep in mind that most Republicans think Trump’s argument is completely unproven The elections were illegal The other side is the one who tells the big lie.
NBC News Poll Over the weekend, 80% of Democrats and Republicans found that they believe political opposition is a threat that, if not stopped, will destroy America as we know it.
It’s really not a mystery: a large number of voters will cast their ballots in the middle of the term based on inflation and fear of crime. media mentality elsewhere, Fairly or unfairly, that seems increasingly far-fetched.