From the desk of Dan
CBS News suppresses poll results
NEW YORK, NY, March 4, 2001 (RFFM
NEWS)--After George W. Bush's address in front of a joint session of
Congress on Tuesday, CBS News ran an overnight tracking poll which
indicated public opinion favored the President's proposed $1.6 trillion
tax cut. CBS polling data showed 67% of Americans supported the Bush plan.
88% of Americans who watched or heard Bush's speech approved of his
proposals. However, the story did not appear on the CBS Evening News
throughout the remainder of the week.
CBS News did report on a poll in the
latter part of the week which indicated the Democrats held a polling edge
in an obscure, technical aspect of the tax refund issue. Yet, to date, a
search for that poll and its data has turned up nothing.
CBS News did not answer RFM News
inquiries into information about the poll--which indicated a public
dislike for an aspect of the Bush plan. Also unanswered were discrepancies
in coverage and why the network did not broadcast the results of Tuesday
night's tracking poll which indicated vast overall support for Bush's tax