Thursday, January 17, 2008

Media Bias - I am not alone in my feelings

Americans Slam News Media on Believability - Sacred Heart University I love statistics, but especially when they reinforce my own position.

Americans see the media as biased and untruthful. By pretty staggering margins.
The perception is growing among Americans that the news media attempts to influence public opinion – from 79.3% strongly or somewhat agreeing in 2003 to 87.6% in 2007.

And, 86.0% agreed (strongly or somewhat) that the news media attempts to influence public policies – up from 76.7% in 2003.
They have stopped reporting the news and turned to propaganda.

The big news outlets are clearly viewed as biased - with of course a liberal bias.
By four-to-one margins, Americans surveyed see The New York Times (41.9% to 11.8%) and National Public Radio (40.3% to 11.2%) as mostly or somewhat liberal over mostly or somewhat conservative.

By a three-to-one margin, Americans see news media journalists and broadcasters (45.4% to 15.7%) as mostly or somewhat liberal over mostly or somewhat conservative.
CNN and MSNBC are viewed as liberal by 2-to-1 margins, while Fox is viewed as conservative by a 2-to-1 margin.

There are more stats, too many to relate here, and none of them are probably surprising to anyone outside a newsroom. Well just one last list.
The most trusted national TV news organizations, for accurate reporting, in declining order included: Fox News (27.0%), CNN (14.6%), and NBC News (10.90%). These were followed by ABC News (7.0%), local news (6.9%), CBS News (6.8%) MSNBC (4.0%), PBS News (3.0%), CNBC (0.6%) and CBN (0.5%).
Are we still spending my tax dollars on PBS? I thought so. But for those of you who like Fox, 27% is a pretty poor rating. [via SayAnything]

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