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Wonky Muse

July 8, 2006

Now Now, Laura

Laura Bush on Larry King:

NEW YORK Intrerviewed with her husband on "Larry King Live" on Thursday night, Laura Bush once again charged that "good polls" for the president never end up on the front page. She also said that she did not trust the polls at all, because polls that reveal the president's low approval rating "are not what we we when we travel around the country." She added: "As I told you before, you don't see good polls on the front page."
Did she just, gasp, lie??? Apparently so:

Just for the fun of it, let's scan a list of articles from the New York Times and the Washington Post trumpeting good Bush poll numbers. Every single one of these was featured on the front page:

1) January 29, 2002, the Post: Bush and GOP Enjoy Record Popularity; Poll Finds Broad Support Despite Doubts on Economy

2) March 11, 2002, the Post: Poll: Strong Backing for Bush, War; Few Americans See Easy End to Conflict

3) July 17, 2002, the Post: Poll Shows Bush's Ratings Weathering Business Scandals

4) Dec. 17, 2003, the Times: Bush's Approval Ratings Climb In Days After Hussein's Capture

5) Dec. 23, 2003, the Post: Bush Gets Year-End Boost in Approval; Poll Shows Dean Surging Among Democratic Rivals

6) March 22, 2003, the Times: Support for Bush Surges at Home, but Split Remains

7) April 20, 2004, the Post: Poll Shows New Gains For Bush; Lead Over Kerry Widens On Issues of Security

8) Sept. 10, 2004, the Post: Bush Support Strong After Convention; Kerry Favorability Rating Plunges in New Survey

9) Sept. 28, 2004, the Post: Poll Shows Bush With Solid Lead; Despite Worries, Voters Cite Lack of Clarity From Kerry

More recently, on June 14th of this year, the Washington Post ran an article -- yes, on page one -- partly about Bush's uptick in polls with this headline: "Spate of Good News Gives White House a Chance to Regroup."

And on June 27th, the Post had this headline on its front page: "Poll Shows Growth In Support For Bush."
Laura has repeatedly said this, and no one in the media ever challenged her.

What's that about the liberal media again?

Image: (AP Photo/CNN).

posted at 6:59 PM by Wonky Muse

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