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Americans See Liberal Media Bias on TV News
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Posted on 07/14/2007 4:50:59 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

mericans See Liberal Media Bias on TV News Friday, July 13, 2007 Advertisment

By a 39% to 20% margin, American adults believe that the three major broadcast networks deliver news with a bias in favor of liberals. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 25% believe that ABC, CBS, and NBC deliver the news without any bias.

Similar results are found for CNN and National Public Radio (NPR). By a margin of 33% to 16%, Americans say that CNN has a liberal bias. The nation’s adults say the same about NPR by a 27% to 14% margin.

There is one major exception to the belief that media outlets have a liberal bias—Fox News. Thirty-one percent (31%) of Americans say it has a bias that favors conservatives while 15% say it has a liberal bias.

When it comes to delivering news without bias, 37% believe NPR accomplishes that goal. Thirty-six percent (36%) say the same for Fox and 32% believe it’s true of CNN. As noted earlier, just 25% believe the major broadcast networks deliver news in an unbiased manner. Results for other media outlets will be released over the next week.

Media fairness has emerged as a debate on Capitol Hill following the recent debate on immigration when public opinion overwhelmed the will of the Senate. Some lawmakers have called for a re-introduction of the “Fairness Doctrine” requiring stations to air competing points of view. Rasmussen Reports will release data on public attitudes towards that concept over the weekend.

(Excerpt) Read more at rasmussenreports.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dinosaurmedia; dnctalkingpoints; fairnessdoctrine; liberalmedia; liberals; media; mediabias; msm; pravdawest; surprisesurprise; zogbyism
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Shocking discovery!
1 posted on 07/14/2007 4:51:01 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Shocking discovery!

The thing most shocking thing is why only 36% of the people see it?

2 posted on 07/14/2007 4:56:22 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Always Right

Duh.


3 posted on 07/14/2007 4:57:02 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Sad so many members of the World's Policeman--our fellow Americans--know little about their "beat")
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To: Sub-Driver

By a 36% to 17% margin Americans see water when they look at the ocean.


4 posted on 07/14/2007 4:59:01 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Sub-Driver

Reaching for nitroglycerine pill. Rolls eyes.


5 posted on 07/14/2007 5:01:12 PM PDT by miele man (Continually voting against iodine deficient libs for 42 years)
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To: everyone

The significant piece of data here is that only 39 percent (conservatives) see a liberal bias. 61 percent don’t see it. Yes, that includes mainly people who aren’t sure, but that’s just fine with the liberals. 20 percent are too liberal to see or admit a liberal MSM bias. Another 41 percent are too stupid to see it. I’m not surprised by these findings, but no one should see them as evidence that the MSM is losing its clout. It’s just taking different forms.


6 posted on 07/14/2007 5:04:31 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: Sub-Driver

Caller ID and cell phones are making these polls obsolete.


7 posted on 07/14/2007 5:06:11 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Billthedrill

Heh. Good one!


8 posted on 07/14/2007 5:06:18 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: Sub-Driver
Oh no, that's not true. Only Fox News is biased.

/s

9 posted on 07/14/2007 5:07:39 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Sub-Driver

Shocking indeed. Sometimes the sheeple surprise me.
I will never understand why they even watch the drivel that comes from the mainstream but the fact they are starting to realize it’s garbage is re-assuring.


10 posted on 07/14/2007 5:13:18 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (STOP - Hildabeast, Shrillary, Hitlery, Billary, Her Thighness, Sen. Cankles, Dukakis-in-Drag)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

“Only Fox News is biased.”

Which is why I changed the channel when Geraldo came on at 8. ;)


11 posted on 07/14/2007 5:14:07 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1

NPR????? Say What?????


12 posted on 07/14/2007 5:19:00 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Sub-Driver

whacked out leftist news ping


13 posted on 07/14/2007 5:19:14 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: California Patriot
I was not polled, but I would be in the ranks of those who don't see it, because I stopped watching them long time ago. I know that there is media bias, I just don't see it.

I suspect that many people responded that they don't watch ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN and don't watch or listen to NPR news, which likely was the first prerequisite question.

14 posted on 07/14/2007 5:22:04 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Billthedrill

PING!


15 posted on 07/14/2007 5:22:44 PM PDT by Steamburg (If we don't want our nation bad enough to protect it, it won't be ours long.)
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To: Sub-Driver; fieldmarshaldj; Kuksool; ExTexasRedhead; SandRat; river rat; ...

The American people are waking up, and the MSM is losing its grip (although it’s still powerful).


16 posted on 07/14/2007 5:23:22 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Open borders and outsourcing are opposite sides of the same coin)
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To: Sub-Driver
As noted earlier, just 25% believe the major broadcast networks deliver news in an unbiased manner.

Well, yes. The left 25%ile of the Bell-Shaped Curve..That would fit.

Now, the old term "Moron" was around a SB of 70. So, it just might explain it.

17 posted on 07/14/2007 5:23:49 PM PDT by Gorzaloon
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To: California Patriot

The home page for the Rasmussen report shows that there are 16% who are “not sure.” Which can be an honest answer, as network news is loosing viewership steadily. So the 61% you are worried about is actually around 45%. I agree, that’s not much of a consolation, but at least the contingent of those with their heads in the sand is below 50%.


18 posted on 07/14/2007 5:29:07 PM PDT by bajabaja
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To: Sub-Driver

When it comes to delivering news without bias, 37% believe NPR accomplishes that goal.

Whaaat? National Propaganda Radio is hands down the worst of the lot. I don’t watch TV, surely the TV alphabet networks can’t be worse! I can’t stand but a few minutes of listening to NPR’s political demogoguery.


19 posted on 07/14/2007 5:36:56 PM PDT by sasportas
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To: Sub-Driver

“Media fairness has emerged as a debate on Capitol Hill following the recent debate on immigration when public opinion overwhelmed the will of the Senate. Some lawmakers have called for a re-introduction of the “Fairness Doctrine” requiring stations to air competing points of view.”

Thats the money quote. See how the article skips from talk of bias in tv to the fairness doctrine which would have no effect on it and radio on which it would. Its fine that CNN and FOX compete for their viewships. Its wrong for the government to tell a particular radio station or network they have to “balance” their programming.


20 posted on 07/14/2007 5:45:18 PM PDT by Delacon
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To: Clintonfatigued

URINALIST’s WARNING!

A British ditty from the beginning of the last century:

“You do not have
To bribe or twist
The arm
Of the British journalist
Considering what he would do
Unasked
There is no reason to.”

Inspired by the “caveat emptor” principle of Roman law, which sounds a note of caution for potential buyers, media consumers should heed the unwritten warning, “Reader/Viewer/Listener beware.” And some Strong Criticism within the journalistic profession wouldn’t hurt either.


21 posted on 07/14/2007 5:46:34 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: JeanS
Caller ID and cell phones are making these polls obsolete.

Do polls fall under the no call list restrictions too?

22 posted on 07/14/2007 5:50:32 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Hey! Must be a devil between us)
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To: Sub-Driver

23 posted on 07/14/2007 5:51:27 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: Sub-Driver
By a 39% to 20% margin, American adults believe that the three major broadcast networks deliver news with a bias in favor of liberals.

Let's just restate it the way the MSM would:

"By a factor of 2 to 1, American adults believe that the three major broadcast networks deliver news with a bias in favor of the liberals."

24 posted on 07/14/2007 5:55:16 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Withhold Taxes - Starve a Liberal)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Duh.

I'll see your duh and raise you — double duh.

25 posted on 07/14/2007 6:05:28 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( “A nation without borders is not a nation.” —Ronald Reagan)
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To: Albion Wilde

NPR is the most biased of them all!!!!!!


26 posted on 07/14/2007 6:07:40 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (No one gets to their heaven without a fight)
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To: Sub-Driver

Americans See Liberal Media Bias on TV News

gee....ya think????


27 posted on 07/14/2007 6:09:47 PM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: Sub-Driver

What Americans believe is insignificant compared to what actually is.

Research should attempt to discover the fact, and then compare that with the opinion.


28 posted on 07/14/2007 6:15:52 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain And Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Wait until they find out they turned Congress over to crooks.


29 posted on 07/14/2007 6:17:37 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Satan is working both sides of the street in World Socialism and World Courts.)
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To: GATOR NAVY
This is anecdotal at best but I’ve had caller I.D. for about a year now. (Yes, I’m way behind the times.)

I used to answer all calls no matter what the I.D. number was. In my experience, all calls from “Unknown” were either solicitations from the Republican Party or pollsters and the occasional solicitation.

I don’t answer any calls from “Unknown” anymore.

Also, I don’t think cell phone numbers are even available to pollsters but I may be wrong about that. I live in WI but my cell phone # has a CA area code, long story, and if I was polled via my cell phone it would be useless info.

30 posted on 07/14/2007 6:22:15 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Sub-Driver

Rasmussen better re-check his numbers. The belief in a liberal bias better be more than a 19% plurality.


31 posted on 07/14/2007 6:27:18 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Some lawmakers have called for a re-introduction of the "Fairness Doctrine" requiring stations to air competing points of view

This is a biased statement of what the Fairness Doctrine seeks.

The Fairness Doctrine creates a monopoly of communication where the leadership of the two political parties control the debate and decide what the two "sides" are to any issue.

It is a grotesque limitation on freedom of speech.
32 posted on 07/14/2007 6:28:00 PM PDT by cgbg (Hillary's mob has plans for our liberties--hanging fruit.)
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To: Sub-Driver
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do I really have to say it???
33 posted on 07/14/2007 6:29:37 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: Sub-Driver
Actually, I think this is funny. Mainly because 39% thinks it is liberal. And who is WATCHING the news on TV and the little 3? Liberals!!! Certainly not we conservatives. I have not watched any of the little 3, CNN, PMSNBC, etc., in over 10-15 years. I last watched CNN during the first gulf war!! If I watch any TV news, it is Fox. But, since they have fallen on the left side of life, I don’t even watch them anymore. It is the Internet and conservative sites that I go to to GET THE ACTUAL AND FACT NEWS!! Hell, even ESPN is left on news, taking shots at certain people when they can work it in. Certainly not the Marxist’s news networks.
34 posted on 07/14/2007 6:31:29 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Jorge Bush & his Marxist's Dim friends are enemies of the Republic with their amnesty Bill.)
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To: JeanS

I moved back to the States after 14 years in Japan in late 2004 and put my number on the do not call list immediately. I did it again when I moved to Alaska (and I understand about your cell phone because my cell phone still has a Virginia number). I answer unknowns because we get calls from Japan and they show up as unknown. But in that time I have never received a call from a poll. That’s why I wondered if they have to abide by the no call list.


35 posted on 07/14/2007 6:31:58 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Hey! Must be a devil between us)
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To: Sub-Driver

Lieberals in the news biz simply won’t admit to their bias. That’s why the “Fairness Doctrine’ in talk radio is necessary to them. They can’t stand that conservatives admit their agenda and are still successful. No success for Air America? Great...we’ll force you to listen to a progressive agenda then. None of my lefty friends will admit that the nightly news, weekly news mags, every major newspaper, etc., has a lieberal bias.


36 posted on 07/14/2007 6:32:05 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (I want a hero....I'm holding out for a hero (politically))
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To: Sub-Driver

NPR is one of the most left wing “news” outlets in operation.


37 posted on 07/14/2007 6:32:08 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Sub-Driver
When it comes to delivering news without bias, 37% believe NPR accomplishes that goal.

I understand 37% of American adults are drugged-up moonbats.

38 posted on 07/14/2007 6:32:32 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: Sub-Driver

crap...even the rats admit the media is liberally biased:

http://www.mediaresearch.org/biasbasics/printer/biasbasics4.asp


39 posted on 07/14/2007 6:35:28 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Sub-Driver

NPR is little more than the official party mouth piece for the DNC. Why one red cent of our tax dollars goes to these people is beyond me.


40 posted on 07/14/2007 6:35:47 PM PDT by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: Sub-Driver
survey found that just 25% believe that ABC, CBS, and NBC deliver the news without any bias.

Ergo 75 percent think that the news is somehow BIASED! Even the headline on the survey is biased.

41 posted on 07/14/2007 6:35:49 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m sure the MSM will be all over THIS poll.


42 posted on 07/14/2007 6:38:44 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

I believe polls are exempt from the no call lists as are any businesses that you’ve dealt with. I think non-profits are exempt also. Those are the rules in Wisconsin.

Does anyone know where Rasmussen, Zogby, etc. get their phone lists?


43 posted on 07/14/2007 6:48:17 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: DesScorp
NPR is one of the most left wing “news” outlets in operation.
Which is why I question the AFR (armed forces radio), the only halfway decent English station around here, for using the NPR feeds for news!?!? I listen to Rush every weeknight here (they only play him for an hour, not the full 3), and for almost every 'break' that Rush takes, they play NPR news >.
44 posted on 07/14/2007 6:49:10 PM PDT by MrJapan
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To: Sub-Driver
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 25% believe that ABC, CBS, and NBC deliver the news without any bias.

And that subgroup had a difficult time remembering their names.

45 posted on 07/14/2007 6:49:31 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Sub-Driver

BWAHAHAHAHA

even in polling MSNBC scores zero on the ratings


46 posted on 07/14/2007 6:50:28 PM PDT by finnman69 (May Paris Hilton's plane crash into Britney Spears house while Lindsey Lohan is over doing coke)
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To: California Patriot

I don’t se how only 39% would see the bias unless they just don’t watch tv news. hee hee


47 posted on 07/14/2007 7:01:17 PM PDT by bilhosty
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To: bajabaja

If only 39 percent say there is a liberal bias, then ipso facto 61 percent don’t understand the most fundamental thing about the media, and that’s ignorant. Whether they say “not sure” or something else isn’t the main point. It’s still a discouraging stat, though it’s probably a little better than it used to be.


48 posted on 07/14/2007 7:04:31 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: CutePuppy

Could be. Hope you’re right. Wish they had expressed an opinion, in that case.


49 posted on 07/14/2007 7:05:45 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charley the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: Sub-Driver
Americans See Liberal Media Bias on TV News

Yeah, and this American is downright sick of it.

50 posted on 07/14/2007 7:25:57 PM PDT by pray4liberty
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