On the NYT homepage, the top two stories showing up within the "Campaign 2012"coverage:
It's all falling apart for the Republicans! Or maybe it isn't! Because somewhere, far, far away from the New York Times, in a place called "reality", we get this:
This "shock poll" was done by a fairly unknown polling company called... Rasmussen:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19
Romney leads President Obama by five points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. Today's numbers show Romney at 48%, Obama at 43%. That’s Romney’s largest lead since December.
If Santorum is the Republican nominee, he is up by one point over the president, 46% to 45%.
That must be because of the "disenchantment" all those "centrist GOP" women have with Santorum. Otherwise he'd be holding an 5 point lead over Obama instead of a mere 1-point lead.
And why the "shock"? And to whom, besides the staff at the NYT? And do they even believe the crap they are producing, or are they just throwing red meat to their base of Upper West Side liberals? Or is it just plain old propaganda, something out of the bad old days of the Soviet Union, where Pravda headlines declared "Nation applauds Party's decision to cut milk rations in half!"
The motivation is almost meaningless anyway, it's really about how laughable the end result of the MSM process is. Part and parcel of what Glenn Reynolds predicted last week:
All I know is that even if Obama ends up losing every state, the press coverage will make him sound invincible right up until it happens, “unexpectedly.”
So when the media tells you Obama is inevitable and invincible in 2012, re-read what Rasmussen is saying:
Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) at least somewhat disapprove
Welcome to reality, bitches...