Nearly six months ago in an address to Congress, President Joe Biden introduced his plans for major new infrastructure and an expanded social safety net in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But since then, mainstream media outlets have framed the Biden administration’s proposal around the continued internal debates in Congress over the final size of the package, rather than the specific policies that are actually winning public support in the polls.
Original Post Date: October 16, 2021
Post Date to this Site: October 16, 2021
Host(s): Kyle Kulinski
Source: Secular Talk
The result is a self-fulfilling prophecy: Media outlets say the public knows more about the price tag than the specific proposals — because those media outlets keep talking more about the price tag than any specific proposals. On Sunday’s edition of CBS’ Face the Nation, this narrative was covered by moderator Margaret Brennan and CBS News elections and surveys director Anthony Salvanto, as they reviewed the network’s poll data that showed the public had greater awareness of the arguments over the price tag than over the specifics. But polling also showed that the specifics are “popular in principle.” Just to be clear, CBS News had posted an online article just days earlier, “What’s in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill?” which discussed “major items in the bill” including free community college, assistance for child care, Medicare expansion, an extended child tax credit, and paid family and medical leave. But these explanations only made their way into this segment in passing references.