Hillary Surges in the Polls, Shining Past Media Bias and Politicized Attacks

05 Oct 2015

Hillary Clinton Connecting the Dots on the Rural EconomyIn the days since House Speaker hopeful Kevin McCarthy bragged to FOX’s Sean Hannity the real reason for the Republican driven Benghazi investigative committee – to drive down Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers – McCarthy has unsuccessfully attempted to walk back his “inartful” statements. His irrational Hillary-hate coupled with Republicans’ abject terror of running against the accomplished Clinton compelled his boast in the first place. McCarthy not only revealed a truth his Party is desperate to hide, but his admission has helped to cement one of Hillary’s best weeks as a candidate. Here is McCarthy’s now viral statement as reported by CNN:

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?” McCarthy said on Fox News. “But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

Yes, they did “put together” this questionable Committee. No walking that back now. After eight different investigations have found no conspiracy or wrongdoing by Secretary Clinton, chief scalp hunter Rep. Gowdy and his Committee cohorts have continued this farce, disrespecting Benghazi’s four victims and their families, thus exposing the “Committee” and its drivers as deserving of investigation themselves. One hopes the press will cover that revelation honestly, demand an accounting of the Committee’s behavior and then restore integrity by covering issues important to the American people – not faux scandal.

As to McCarthy’s boast about driving down Clinton’s numbers, the corporate owned press has been flogging Hillary relentlessly for seven months in an attempt to create a horse race where none exists. Surely, that would erode anyone’s numbers. Yet something unexpected is happening. Four new national polls (Reuters, USA Today, Pew and Investors’ Business Daily) show Hillary Clinton’s numbers surging.

Hillary Clinton holds a huge lead nationally that would be enviable by any standards. Clinton’s lead is typically 20+ points. Reuters shows her blowing out the competition by 39 points. A little different than the nonsensically negative “trust deficit” the media and Republicans keep trumpeting. So what has caused this shift?

Doing the obligatory mainstream interviews with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, ABC’s David Muir and NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (all replete with their disrespectful snark, quoting an already debunked Quinnipiac poll and a singular obsession over her email practices), Clinton kept her cool, biding her time to answer substantive policy questions where she could shine. These interviews, along with well-placed guest appearances on Ellen, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and a Town Hall on NBC’s The Today Show, are giving the American people a chance to experience Hillary, her smarts, compassion and policy prescriptions, rather than the corporate media’s hackneyed caricature.

The media is still doing its best to underplay her good news – with The New York Times muting the importance of her endorsement by the National Education Association this week – our largest union. CNN also chose to focus on her tardiness to a campaign event rather than Hillary’s bold stance against the NRA in the wake of more atrocious gun violence.

Yet, despite their efforts to control the narrative and pick our President, we are seeing that grass roots support, and the viral nature of social media, is sharing truth with the people. The efforts of Reps. McCarthy, Gowdy and the chattering pundit class are finally getting pushback.

Given that our corporate owned media is all too willing to naively regurgitate Republican talking points, sans vetting, our only hope of a fair election is the constant vigilance and engagement of the American people. As well, a willingness to listen in full to the messages of all of the candidates and make up their own minds.


*Photograph of Hillary Clinton graciously provided by Stu Collins

Anita Finlay is the bestselling author of Dirty Words on Clean Skin — exposing media bias in a society not as evolved as advertised.  #1 on Amazon’s Women in Politics books for 16 weeks.

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  1. 1) Hillary’s lead has been falling by about 0.3% per day for the last three months.

    2) It is actually Sanders that has been the greatest victim of media bias. How many people attend his rallies compared to Clinton (or Republican candidates) ? You dont know without checking ? EXACTLY !! Compare the number of people attending his rallies with the numbers attending other candidates -then compare media reporting (air time or web site space).

    • 1. Not true, see above article and the links to the polls it mentions.

      2. The number of people attending a rally is not relevant. Hillary could hold those too, but she is taking her campaign to the people with smaller events where she can actually speak to them one on one. Bernie is leading in one state and close in another. He is being destroyed everywhere else. He is being destroyed nationally. He is doing good in two states with predominantly white male voter bases. He is mentioned by the media every day and regularly appears on every news network for interviews. The media continues to hype his lead in one small state as if that is representative of the national polls where he is actually getting killed. If anything the media bias is for the horse race nature of the campaign and that benefits one person, BS.

      • Anita Finlay Says: October 6, 2015 at 12:49 am

        Thanks for chiming in, Kevin. Clearly, the media is invested in a horse and will do anything to make it look like HRC is having a problem.

        • Great reporting Anita. As a retired journalist, I am disgusted with the horrible work done by the national press. The media and a corrupt Supreme Court already installed at least one president in recent times (W over Gore). Now the media is doing everything it can to sink Hillary’s ship. Let’s hope it doesn’t work.

          • Anita Finlay Says: October 6, 2015 at 10:55 pm

            Thanks so much for visiting, Lance, and for commenting. I, too, hope Hillary prevails and will certainly join with others who work to keep the media honest!

          • Anita Finlay Says: January 26, 2016 at 12:18 am

            Many thanks, Lance. Corporate media is trying to sink her. We are the counterweight!

    • Anita Finlay Says: October 6, 2015 at 12:46 am

      The polling shared by faux media has been brutal to Hillary, so when it’s good, it needs to be acknowledged also. Crowd size is great but not necessarily a forecast one way or the other — unless you’re trying to tell us Hillary Clinton couldn’t attract a mega-crowd if she felt like it. Sen. Sanders has not had one tenth the media bias Hillary has. I should know. I wrote a book on the subject. All the best.

    • If 20,000 people are going to Sanders rally, that is pretty bad news for him. His poll numbers have been stagnant since August. This means that for all the people going to hear him rant, no one is really buying the hot air he is selling. Certainly not reflected in television, national, internet and independent polls. Or are you going to boo-hoo about how poor little Bernie is being mistreated by the press? #feelthecrashandBern

    • does not matter how many people at bernies campaign,, what matters are the national polls which show hillary beating Bernie and Biden,, thats what counts,, most of those people will not vote for him, they make up their minds at the voting boothes

    • Scott Schuele Says: October 6, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      If drawing huge crowds made you President we would be wrapping up the second term of President Ron Paul

    • Anita Finlay Says: January 26, 2016 at 12:20 am

      Sure, Denis. I’ve written a book on media bias against Hillary and my 315 footnotes say otherwise.

  2. Gail Anderson Says: October 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I was thrilled when this all came about and FINALLY the truth came out.I was always going to support & vote for Hillary but all that was on the internet and TV was so much negativity. Course they have been trying for over 20 yrs. now to nail the Clintons, for one thing or another. So happy for Hillary as I feel out of ALL the candidates she is the most experienced. Having spent so many yrs. in govt. and being First Lady of Ark for 8 yrs. First Lady of the U.S. another 8 yrs. Senator of New York 8 more yrs. and then Sec. of State under President Obama 4 yrs. not to mention all the commm. she has been on and other And her foreign policy exp. is unbeatable.

    • Anita Finlay Says: October 6, 2015 at 12:48 am

      Thanks for commenting, Gail. Hillary brings so much to the table. Glad to see she is having a good press week– even they can’t deny this.

    • I will vote for Hillary too, she is the most intelligent one of the whole party and of course the republicans candidates are all losers,,

  3. Carol Warner Says: October 6, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I am so happy to have found your website. I am an unabashed supporter of HRC. I , like so many of her other supporters, have watched and read the media focus on any tidbit of negativity to bring her down. She will be our next president. Neither Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden could withstand the daily assaults on their character as she has. By the way everyone should read the Politico piece today on Joe Biden. Mr nice guy and grieving for my lost son used his son’s death as a trial ballon through Clinton hater Maureen Dowd.

    • Anita Finlay Says: October 6, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks so much, Carol. I am happy you did, too. Btw, I saw a great hashtag today #ClintonTough. I made my own modification to it, which speaks to your comment about the treatment she has had to ensure: #HillaryTough.

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  5. If Hillary is going to win then why the big money support. ..why the flip flopping. She is going all Mitt. Promising a few things all female politicians before her have promised does mot cut it.
    Early days…..if she attacks Bernie then we will know.
    If she rolls her eyes during a debate we will see the true Hillary.

    • Anita Finlay Says: October 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      She is not flip flopping on anything. But Sanders did a huge one on guns, didn’t he? There is a saying about living in a glass house. Secretary Clinton has a solid record of achievement and is worthy of respect, not snark. Her candidacy is not about promises of a female politician. She has done a lot more than promise. She has delivered and anyone taking the time to look up her record would know that.

  6. Hi Anita,
    I know that polls have become a big thing. I find it humorous that on the one hand journalists go on and on about how their candidate is beating their opponents in the most recent polls, then when the competitor crushes them in every single poll, live broadcasted focus group, etc. “they hacked the polls”. So how are the polls that show Clinton in the lead any more accurate than the polls showing Sanders in the lead? How is it that, as your other website claims, Sanders followers coordinated to hack the polls following the debate, but Clinton’s didn’t. That seems almost impossible considering Clinton has 6 times as many Twitter followers and as many Facebook followers.
    Clearly you and the rest of the corporate media complex have chosen your candidate for the Democratic nomination. Unfortunately America’s liberals are choosing someone else.
    Rather than speculation based on personal agenda and anecdotal evidence I’ve been using the most sophisticated social listening tools in the industry and I can tell you that Big Media has got it right about Trump (to a degree) but very wrong about Clinton.

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