CBS Highlights Tea Party Rallies, But Also Plays Up Bad Poll Numbers
CBS's Jan Crawford spotlighted the Tea Party movement on Monday's Early
Show, but also played up how it might present a "challenge" for
potential Republican presidential candidates due its apparent
unpopularity: "Recent polls show 47% of Americans have an
unfavorable view of the movement. So candidates looking for Tea Party
votes have to be careful not to alienate moderates."
Midway through her report, after noting the would-be GOP presidential candidates, such as Tim Pawlenty and Donald Trump, who showed up at some of the weekend rallies, the correspondent turned to possible downside that these politicians might face in appealing to the Tea Party, playing up a result from a recent CNN/Opinion Dynamics poll:
CRAWFORD: ...In playing to the Tea Party, the potential candidates also will have a challenge. Recent polls show 47% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the movement. So candidates looking for Tea Party votes have to be careful not to alienate moderates.
JEFF ZELENY, NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER: That's what the White House is sure hoping, that all of these Republican presidential candidates are out there and sort of waving the flag of the Tea Party, and they believe that that will turn off independent voters.
What Crawford didn't mention that President Obama himself has a vulnerability with independent voters, given how another recent poll from Gallup found that the Democrat has 35% rating with this group.
Earlier, the CBS political reporter did fairly present the movement's opposition to further federal spending and how organizers scheduled the recent protests to coincide with Tax Day: "Today is the Tea Party movement's biggest day. I mean, it's the day people are most frustrated with their government, when they're sitting down and writing those checks to the IRS and thinking, you know, why am I paying all this money? Today really highlights the Tea Party's message, that politicians here in Washington are just out of control."
The full transcript of Jan Crawford's report, which aired 4 minutes into the 7 am Eastern hour of Monday's Early Show: