Obama's Approval Plummeting and GOP Surges in Generic Ballot, So CBS Sets Out to Discredit Tea Party
Published: 10/7/2010 8:54 PM ET
A new CBS News poll found the public rejecting President Barack Obama and Democrats - so the CBS Evening News focused its story on discrediting the legitimacy of the Tea Party movement. "Tonight, 26 days til the elections," Katie Couric teased, "a CBS News poll finds support for Republicans growing, but most Americans don't believe the Tea Party represents them." Couric proceeded to highlight how "45 percent of likely voters would choose the Republican candidate, 37 percent the Democrat" and Obama's disapproval on the economy is soaring while "two out of three think he's been only an average or poor President so far."
Couric then pivoted, however, to how "that would no doubt include members of the Tea Party," and asked: "But do most Americans agree with the movement's agenda?" Reporter Dean Reynolds set up a straw man and shot it down: "While they style themselves as insurgents angry at both parties, the CBS News poll says 81 percent intend to vote Republican next month." He next tried to discredit the movement for its demographics: "Tea Partiers are overwhelmingly white, male, protestant..." Reynolds demanded of a Tea Party supporter: "Where would we be today were it not for the stimulus or the bailouts of the banks and the auto industry?"
The Chicago-based Reynolds stressed how "the poll found that only 30 percent of the country believes the Tea Partiers reflect the views of most Americans, 41 percent of the country does not." A Chicago resident charged: "They represent a very small sliver of Americans who are upset about paying taxes. There's always going to be people who don't want to pay taxes." Reynolds concluded that "despite all the publicity it's generated, only 22 percent of Americans view the movement favorably."