North America 19 July 2012 Fox News shows you how to bury a poll Who's leading the election? Fox News would rather not say Print HTML Fox News, like many American news organisations, commissions twice-monthly polls of the US election. This week's shows a four-point lead for Obama: So how does FoxNews.com report this news? It's not even a particularly large margin - in five of the last ten Fox News polls, Romney's been closer. Well, that was a finding in the poll. Sixty-four per cent of Americans think "government is the problem", while just 23 per cent think "government is the solution to the problem"; although even then, the question is about "government", rather than "the government", so illustrating it with a picture of Obama is a teensy bit misleading. Of course, bad news for Obama does make it into the write-up: By a 12 percentage-point margin, more voters say the Obama administration has made the economy worse. But what about the electoral polling? After all, that's what it's all about, right? Not a mention. In fact, Mitt Romney isn't mentioned at all in the piece. Which is one way to bury bad news. › Creationism's far from unintelligent design on our schools US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe More Related articles Margaret Atwood on how an inspired polymath resurrected Native America’s epics The last British Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer will be released When should you start caring about the US presidential election?