Assessing Hillary Clinton's Status in America
By: Bill O'ReillyMay 6, 2015
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A new poll by the New York Times surprised me.

It says that Hillary Clinton's trustworthy numbers have actually risen by six points since the email and Clinton Foundation controversies.

In March, 42% of respondents found her honest.

In April, 48%.

Forty-five percent believe she is not trustworthy.

It is a different story in the latest Fox News poll.

That one says 45% believe Secretary Clinton is honest; 51% do not. 

Now the Times poll was comprised of 41% Democrats, 34% Republicans -- the rest do not define themselves.

But in the Fox poll, it is even -- 38% Democrat, the same for Republican respondents.

So you can see the New York Times poll is skewed.

The paper says it doesn't ask affiliation until after the random sampling, but so what?  If you want accurate numbers you can't tilt to a party even if it's not by design.

That's the problem with the American press.  Its methodology is largely a secret -- a footnote -- while the front-page headline in the New York Times today is helpful to the Clinton campaign.

By the way, it is worth noting that the Times broke some of the Clinton Foundation stuff.

Talking Points has been in business for about 19 years, and in that time I have seen a massive shift in how information is delivered to the American people.

Today, Americans get much of their news from dishonest websites which are in business to distort the truth, not report it.

Also, the urban newspapers including USA Today are left on the editorial pages.

Same thing with network TV news; far more liberal sentiment than conservative.

So Hillary Clinton has a huge advantage in the upcoming presidential race.

And here's another big plus for her in the Times poll: 55% of respondents say they don't know enough about the Clinton Foundation story to form a judgment.

Again, this goes directly to a distracted public, a country which is now largely addicted to individual pursuits, not assessing what's best for the nation.

Americans who consume news and information have more vehicles available than ever before.

We are not Germany in the '30s or Russia under Stalin.  We can get to the truth if we put in the effort.

But many of us do not do that.

They are called low-information voters.

And those folks can be easily manipulated by a dishonest media and clever politicians.

With terrorism and a shaky economy, the stakes are high for all of us.

Misleading polls, headlines, and internet deception are legion.

And a threat to our safety and prosperity.

That's the memo.


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