"registered significant worry about federal debt and opposition to an increase in the debt ceiling. But ABC, CBS and NBC coverage of the debt-limit battle being waged on Capitol Hill has not reflected that fact," says Julia A. Seymour, an analyst for the Business Media Institute, who actually studied the coverage.
"Out of 45 reports on the broadcast networks' evening news programs between June 16 and July 12, only one mentioned a poll that showed public opposition to raising the debt ceiling. That's a mere 2 percent of reports," she says. "The network's willingness to ignore public opinion on the issue is shocking, given the poll numbers."