Media, pollsters seeking your vote for 2016

You might think of vote seeking as something only a politician does. No more.

Right now in a convoluted way, national branded media and pollsters of all kinds appear to be seeking votes for one candidate or another. 

No wonder so few of us trust mass media anymore.

I trust local media, especially TV outlets, far more than I do nationals.

Anyway, I’ve seen all sorts of claims memed by national media, from Donald Trump’s alleged decline in the polls to rehashing old news about Sen. Marco Rubio’s personal finances to Hillary Clinton’s standing with “the public” rising after her latest Benghazi fantasies (otherwise called “testimony”).

I even saw a leftwinger attempt to critique Sen. Ted Cruz on how he was holding a shotgun. Epic failure on the part of the leftist, of course.

For your amusement, read the analysis at Bearing Arms. 

One poll on GOP presidential candidates resulted in the headline ‘Ben Carson vaults to lead…’

That poll surveyed 400 Republican Primary voters. As you might expect, I’ve covered a lot of Republican events. I can tell you 400 voters do not an accurate representation make. Republicans don’t do group think like our opposition.

One conclusion I’ve come to in this campaign cycle is that there are four candidates with strong potential to be the nominee (Trump, Carson, Rubio, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas). Another conclusion I’ve come to is that most Republicans and independents I talk to would vote for any of those candidates should he become the nominee.

Another remark I’ve heard frequently, however, is that Dr. Carson, although admired by most of us, would not be able to duel with the Democrats’ all but anointed nominee Hillary Clinton. Nice-like-Romney will not cut it going up against the daunting Clinton media machine.

Speaking of Mrs. Clinton, we can probably dismiss many polls associated with her candidacy because she has no real competition. That was obvious in the only debate Dems have held when self-declared socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders jumped aboard his white government funded horse and defended her illicit use of emails on a private server—nary a word about the national security vulnerability this woman created.

If Sanders really wanted that nomination, he’d be going at the 2nd Clinton hoping to take over the White House with Castro-like gusto. He didn’t. He and his co-contender Martin O’Malley are straw men, put on that stage purely to save Democrats the embarrassment of telling their loyalists, “Hillary’s got the nomination sewed up.”

As most national media routinely attack Republicans and lob softballs at Mrs. Clinton, Republicans finally have the sense to fight back. That was evident during the third “debate” wherein all top tier Republican candidates were put in the unique position of not debating each other but debating some seriously deficient “moderators” CNBC put on stage for what was probably one of the biggest money-making nights the network had.

Afterwards, President Barack Obama performed, having a gift for comedy and theater you have to admire, and chided Republicans for complaining about the debate.

This is the same Obama who has consistently bashed networks not considered Democrat messenger services, and who represents a party avoiding certain networks at all costs. When I see a debate hosted by someone like Mark Levin querying Mrs. Clinton, I may concede the GOP is out of line on claiming bias.

A Washington Post opinion writer whose views run hard left came up with a doozy headline:

“Republicans declare war on the media at their own peril.”

Actually, media declared war on Republicans during the presidency of George W. Bush. Media openly advocated for a Democrat in the White House in the last two cycles, covering for mistakes made by Clinton loyalists President Obama was enticed into hiring. Most mass media draw a target on the back of any candidate who refuses to veer extreme left, and most of those personalities who are national brands are incapable of independent thought.

Those are a few of the reasons I suggested in an earlier column using anchors from local affiliates to moderate these debates. They are less biased and they actually live among those of us they inform.

It’s early yet in the 2016 cycle, so no top tier candidate should be written off or anointed. That applies to Republicans only because the Democrats’ field is narrowed to one.

Republicans should, however, remind people how effectively media and pollsters impacted opinion in the last two presidential elections. The same national media and pollsters helped bring our country to the vulnerable state we are in today. Those same national media and pollsters have also helped feed anti-US opinion abroad. For instance, people in undeveloped countries blame us when there’s a hurricane even if they live in a hurricane belt or if their island is low lying and has a history of flooding.

I’d say media’s war with the Republican Party is backfiring. And it is about time. Media and pollsters won your vote for two presidential elections. If we’re smart, we won’t fall for it in 2015. One candidate scored big when he delivered just criticism to the moderators CNBC chose. Sen. Ted Cruz, an ace debater, said:

“This is not a cage match! And you look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues people care about!”

As for polls, it’s not useful to trust them either. We weren’t supposed to have a Republican mayor here in Jax, but we do. In Kentucky, a Republican wasn’t supposed to win the governor’s race. Polls were so skewed to the Democrat nominee in Kentucky the Republican Governors Association in a move typically idiotic chose to stop advertising.

Kentucky’s new governor is Republican Matt Bevin.

Big media blamed Obama. Truth is, it’s the extreme leftist policies making us all poorer, stupid.

[Featured Photo: Business Insider tweeted news about responses to remarks Sen. Ted Cruz made about the media during the 3rd GOP “debate” on CNBC. (Snip: Twitter @businessinsider)]

(Commentary by Kay B. Day; 11/4/15)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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