Have you seen the new CNN poll results? I tuned in to watch Bernie Sanders’ interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on New Day this morning. This being the morning after a new CNN/ORC poll for the Democratic nomination was released. What were the results? The poll showed that Sanders had gained 4% since CNN’s last poll in November, and Clinton had lost 8%. That totals up to a 12% swing in Sanders’ favor, with last night’s poll having Clinton up 16% total, her 50% to 34% for Bernie Sanders. Sanders has actually reduced Clinton’s lead to where it was before Joe Biden declared he would not enter the race.
So, how did CNN report this poll on their website? The headline is misleading at best, and blatant propaganda at worst. It reads “CNN poll: Post-debate, voters move to Clinton“. You read that right… voters move to Clinton. How does CNN justify this, you ask? If you watch the video on that article, CNN’s Dana Bash attempts to explain. She explains that when CNN interviewed likely voters before the last Democratic debate, Clinton’s lead was only 45% to 37%, but in Dana’s words increased to 60% to 27% “in interviews taken the night… uh the morning after the debate“. That’s right folks; when CNN got a poll result that showed Bernie Sanders had almost cut Clinton’s lead in half, they used data that wasn’t even reported in the poll to spin it as great news for Hillary Clinton.
There is one bright spot, however. Chris Cuomo’s coverage between segments of the Bernie Sanders interview was more generous than usual network coverage. He mentioned, however briefly, that Sanders usually does better than Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders actually thanked Chris on covering him more than many other news anchors. A few times between the 3 interview segments they showed the actual poll numbers, thankfully.
It’s not all roses on CNN’s television network today, though. What if you didn’t catch the Sanders interview coverage? I’ve had CNN on since New Day started, and the news ticker on the bottom of the television has only showed the “interview results” along with laughably biased context, saying things like (paraphrasing) “Bernie Sanders confident, even after he loses ground to Clinton in race after Democratic debate.”
CNN is doing everything they can to convince people that the Democratic nomination will be a coronation. It could easily backfire if some Clinton supporters don’t bother to primary or caucus because they were convinced she had the nomination secured.
While it probably won’t fix anything, you can sign this petition to show support for CNN to change the article headline. Don’t forget to share it with your friends!