August 5, 2020

MASSIVE SURVEY FINDS MOST AMERICANS SEE INTENTIONAL BIAS IN MEDIA: The Gallup Poll and Knight Foundation surveyed 20,000 Americans just before the Pandemic began on their opinions of the news media and came up with confirmation of what folks on the Right have been saying for decades:

“Many Americans feel the media’s critical role of informing and holding those in power accountable is compromised by increasing bias. As such, Americans have not only lost confidence in the ideal of an objective media, they believe news organizations actively support the partisan divide. At the same time, Americans have not lost sight of the value of news — strong majorities uphold the ideal that the news media is fundamental to a healthy democracy.”

And more specifically:

“Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they see too much bias in the reporting of news that is supposed to be objective as “a major problem” (73%), up from 65% in the 2017 study.

“Nearly 8 in 10 Americans (79%) say news organizations they distrust are trying to persuade people to adopt a certain viewpoint, while 12% say they are trying to report the news accurately and fairly but are unable to do so.”

There is much, much more in these data. Next question: Is anybody in the media listening? I seriously doubt it.

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