CNN sure does like to bash President Donald Trump at any given opportunity, but when its own polls show that their propaganda is failing to convert the masses they do what they can to tuck that information away while still “reporting” on it.
As Kyle Smith over at National Review discovered, a favorability poll hosted by CNN showed that Trump was a bit more popular than Biden in battleground locations, and that’s just a bit too much for the network. Smith noted that polls are usually held up by networks as signs that their side is winning, but CNN, not having that luxury, piled a bunch of news on top of the poll so that in order to find it, you had to go searching:
The main story was about a church that lost 44 parishioners to COVID-19. The second-most prominent story told us that “Grocery Prices Are Soaring” (which is true if you think that a 2.6 percent increase in April should be called “soaring”), the third-most-prominent item told us, “Doctors treating coronavirus patients are seeing odd and frightening syndromes.” Running down the rail on the right we were given such important developments as “Man refusing to wear a mask breaks arm of Target employee,” “CNN Investigates: He’s willing to get Covid-19 to speed up vaccine efforts,” “Five surfers die after huge layer of sea foam hampers rescue” and “How coronavirus spread from one member to 87% of the singers at a choir practice.”
Only after all of this stuff did we learn that CNN has a new poll out, under the headline, “CNN Poll: Biden tops Trump nationwide, but battlegrounds tilt Trump.” Polls are expensive, news organizations tend to hype them breathlessly to generate headlines in rival media outlets, Wednesday was (obviously) a slow news day, and politics is one of CNN’s core topics. Yet CNN seemed oddly unenthused about its own poll. And the story to which the homepage linked doesn’t mention that Trump had never scored higher in a CNN poll. True, there are lots of noisy data in the piece, most of which cut against Trump. But on the other hand the single most surprising and hence most newsworthy detail of the poll was that Trump holds a seven-point lead over Biden in the battleground states. The CNN story doesn’t even tell us what that figure is — seven points seems like a pretty big number — and downplays its own finding by noting, “Given the small sample size in that subset of voters, it is difficult to determine with certainty whether the movement is significant or a fluke of random sampling.”
In short, CNN doesn’t like the results of its own poll and so is doing everything it can to make sure it’s as inconsequential to their narrative as possible. Not only are they trying to bury their own survey, but they’re also downplaying it in order to make it seem less impactful.
This should highlight something that’s already very obvious. CNN isn’t interested in being a news network. They’re more geared toward being a propaganda source for the left. At no point should CNN’s reporting be taken at face value.