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Jonathan Alter Corrects Media's Constant Harping On ACA Polls

Alex Witt wasn't prepared for the pushback on Chuck Todd's disingenuous polls

7 years ago by David
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Lovely to see the MSNBC news department circle their wagons around Chuck Todd. Not sure I'd do it, given that the CREDO petition based on my Open Letter is now hovering around 75,000 signatures, but maybe that's why I don't have a weekend show on MSNBC.

Nevertheless, Alex Witt repeated Chuck Todd's meme that the reason that Obamacare is polling so poorly is that President Obama is "not selling" it.

Now there's a lot of reasons why that is disingenuous crap, but lets give a big round of applause to Jonathan Alter who pushed back against this MSNBC meme with some actual context.

That poll that you showed with 52% opposing Obamacare, 13% actually don’t think it’s liberal enough. So a total of 57 or in some polls 59% of Americans either support Obamacare, or if they oppose it, oppose it because it’s not liberal enough. So those people who are trying to thwart it are in a distinct minority. But it is being portrayed in the press as if they’re in the majority right now. We need to stop doing that at MSNBC and across the media because it suggests that the country opposes insuring the uninsured and that’s simply not true.

Are you watching, Chuck Todd? That's journalism.

Try it sometime.

(h/t R.Paine on Twitter for tip)

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