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.They have stopped reporting the news and turned to propaganda.
And, 86.0% agreed (strongly or somewhat) that the news media attempts to influence public policies – up from 76.7% in 2003.
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.CNN and MSNBC are viewed as liberal by 2-to-1 margins, while Fox is viewed as conservative by a 2-to-1 margin.
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.
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]