CBS Ignores Broad Public Support for Tax Cuts in Recent Poll

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on February 11, 2009

Directions

-Read the excerpt below (from the NewsBusters.org Feb. 9th post).
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

A CBS News poll conducted February 2 through February 4 found that 62 percent of Americans believe that tax cuts would do more to get the country out of recession, while only 16 percent thought government spending would. However, when Evening News anchor Katie Couric touted other results from that same poll on Thursday, February 5 she managed to leave out that particular finding. That poll finding has not been mentioned in any CBS News coverage since the poll’s release on February 5. Instead, Couric focused on the aspect of the poll that claimed that 51 percent of Americans support the so-called “stimulus” bill being pushed by the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress. …
Read the CBS poll results at cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/poll_020509.pdf.

Read the original post at NewsBusters.org.

Questions

1.  Name the two types of bias highlighted in the excerpt below.

2.  Do you think CBS News was purposely trying to influence viewers by not reporting these statistics from their own poll?


Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Resources

Read the results of a Rasmussen poll on the stimulus plan at rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/support_for_stimulus_package_falls_to_37.
























Answer(s)

1.  The excerpt highlights bias by omission and spin.

2.  OPINION QUESTION. Answers vary.