Media Mashup: October 8, 2015

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Terrorism at Home?

Voters continue to think the federal government is not devoting enough attention to the terrorist threat of radical Islam here at home.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% of Likely U.S. Voters think the government’s focus on domestic Islamic terrorism is about right, but 49% say the government doesn’t focus on this potential threat enough. Only 17% say the government focuses too much on this potential problem.

Republicans are more than twice as likely as Democrats to believe the government does not focus enough on this potential terrorist threat.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of all Americans believe there is more of a threat from domestic Islamic terrorism following an abortive terrorist attack in Texas in May. For the first time in over four years, over half of the voters believe the United States is a more dangerous place than it was before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Polling: Gallup Exits the 2016 Presidential Campaign reports that Gallup, the granddaddy of polling is sitting out this election cycle. “After a bruising 2012 cycle, in which its polls were farther off than most of its competitors, Gallup told POLITICO it isn’t planning any polls for the presidential primary horse race this cycle. And, even following an internal probe into what went wrong last time around, Gallup won’t commit to tracking the general election next year.”

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Drudge on the Media

Matt Drudge, one of the most important media mavens, attacks the press for its inattention to conservative viewpoints in a rare interview. For details, see

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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