Media all but Ignores Obama’s Near Record Low Approval Rating

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from Media Research Center,

On Tuesday, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today, offered mere seconds on President Obama’s approval rating hitting “near record lows” amid his reluctance to aggressively combat ISIS terrorists. CBS This Morning skipped any mention of the dismal poll numbers for the commander-in-chief.

On Good Morning America, after touting broad public support for the kind of military action against ISIS that Obama would likely announce in a Wednesday night address to the nation, co-host George Stephanopoulos noted: “It comes at a time when he’s facing some real popularity problems. We see 56% of the country disapproving of how the President’s handling foreign policy.”

White House correspondent Jon Karl replied: “And the single-biggest factor in that, is the majority say that the President has been too cautious in responding to this threat. That’s why he’s giving this speech.”

The exchange between Stephanopoulos and Karl lasted a total of 23 seconds.

CBS This Morning didn’t bother to notice Obama’s sinking poll numbers at all. Capitol Hill correspondent Nancy Cordes reported on the President planning to meet with congressional leaders and simply remarked: “Republicans in particular are still skeptical that the White House now has a strategy for taking on ISIS.”

It’s no surprise that the network morning shows downplayed such low ratings for the President. A newly released Media Research Center study found that the network evening newscasts have routinely buried negative poll results for Obama.

Here are transcripts of the September 9 morning show coverage:

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