February 16, 2016

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Voters: Media Bias Worse Than Big Money in Politics.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released on Tuesday confirmed a long-term trend in the attitude of American voters that biased news coverage was one of the worst problems plaguing the political system, even beating out concerns over big money campaign contributions. (h/t Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard)

The survey found that 47% of respondents named media bias as “a bigger problem than big campaign contributions in politics today,” edging out the 45% who saw campaign contributions as the bigger challenge. The poll also found that an overwhelming 66% of voters thought the press “have too much power and influence over elections.”

Well, as Prof. Tim Groseclose’s research has found, without the influence of media bias, American politics overall would look like Texas or Kentucky politics. This is every bit as much an exercise of unearned political power as any political contribution.

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