I can tell you the MSM is certainly influencing my opinion. I never let a Bush bashing story on tv go by without telling my three sons that this is all MSM hogwash and propaganda, and the talking head are just mindless robots doing the bidding of the DNC.
It's interesting isn't it how with every one of these Bush bashing media freak-outs, when you dig just under the surface you find they're based on lies, distortions, historical revisionism and some Democrat's spin on the events. I would say 95% of the time you can debunk a media Bush bashing story with just a couple minutes of web research. That's why whenever there is one, I almost always know it is a lie without even doing any further research. But I always do just to have the substance to rebut their bull with.