UPDATED: Uh-oh, another bump in Obama approval rating; that's not a story the Beltway press wants to tell

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Talk about burying the news. Actually, the Washington Post didn't just bury it, the Post completely ignored it. And yes, we've seen this trend before.

What did the Post dutifully forget to report in its article about its latest presidential polling data? Obama's job approval ratings went up this month. (And for context, Obama's approval rating today of 53 percent is right where it was in September, according to the WashPost's poll numbers.)

But the Post article makes no mention of that fact--none--as the piece relentless lays on the negative news for Obama.


A year into his presidency, President Obama faces a polarized nation and souring public assessments of his efforts to change Washington, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Nearly half of all Americans say Obama is not delivering on his major campaign promises, and a narrow majority have just some or no confidence that he will make the right decisions for the country's future.

More than a third see the president as falling short of their expectations, about double the proportion saying so at the 100-day mark of Obama's presidency in April. At the time, 63 percent said the president had accomplished a "great deal" or a "good amount." Now, the portion saying so has dropped to 47 percent.

I repeat: Nowhere in the Post article about presidential polling does it report that Obama's approval rating went up this month.

UPDATED: Note the Post headline [emphasis added]:

Poll shows growing disappointment, polarization over Obama's performance

According to the Post, there's "growing disappointment" about Obama. What the Post leaves out is that Obama's approval rating is up this month. Guess that fact didn't fit the narrative.

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