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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

COMPARING THE COVERAGE

Compare and contrast. These come from a single news show each, from two different time periods and two different presidents:
CNN, August 15, 2011: President Obama heading off to the Heartland to talk about jobs and the economy. The three-day bus tour comes as a Gallup poll shows his approval rating at a new low: 39%. The first time it's dropped below 40% during his presidency.

CNN, March 13th, 2006: It's 4 p.m. here in Washington. So you're getting the first look right now at our brand-new poll. The president's job approval rating has taken a downward turn again, falling to only 36%.
-This represents his lowest rating ever in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.
-The president's poll numbers are pretty bad, pretty awful right now, rock bottom as far as the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.
-The president's Iraq problem and his new low point in the polls.
-His approval and policies now are at new lows.
-The president's job approval number in this new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, rock bottom, the lowest it's ever been.
-It's 5 p.m. here in Washington where President Bush takes a beating in our latest poll. His approval rating at a low ebb.
-Our latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll just out in the past hour shows the president at an all-time low.
-His job approval rating at a new low.
-That's rock bottom as far as our poll is concerned.
-It's 7 p.m. here in Washington. The war in Iraq comes home to roost for President Bush. Our latest poll numbers showing his approval rating at a new low.
-Also: President Bush hits a new low in the polls.
-Now back to our lead story: President Bush's approval rating now at an all-time low.
-As we noted, a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows his job approval rating at a new low. President Bush's approval rating at a new low, 36%.
You just have to laugh.

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