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US public sees news media as biased, inaccurate, uncaring: poll
AFP ^ | Aug 9 06:28 PM | Not Identified

Posted on 08/09/2007 5:23:52 PM PDT by Laverne

More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, and don't care about the people they report on, a poll published Thursday showed.

And poll respondents who use the Internet as their main source of news -- roughly one quarter of all Americans -- were even harsher with their criticism, the poll conducted by the Pew Research Center said.

More than two-thirds of the Internet users said they felt that news organizations don't care about the people they report on; 59 percent said their reporting was inaccurate; and 64 percent they were politically biased.

More than half -- 53 percent -- of Internet users also faulted the news organizations for "failing to stand up for America".

Among those who get their news from newspapers and television, criticism of the news organizations was up to 20 percentage points lower than among Internet news audiences, who tend to be younger and better educated than the public as a whole, according to Pew.

The poll indicates an across the board fall in the public's opinion on the news media since 1985, when a similar survey was conducted by Times Mirror, Pew Research said.

"Two decades ago, public attitudes about how news organizations do their job were less negative. Most people believed that news organizations stood up for America... a majority believed that news organizations got the facts straight," Pew said in a report.

The Washington-based Pew Research Center describes itself as a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.


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KEYWORDS: enemedia; media; mediabias; msm; pew; polls
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1 posted on 08/09/2007 5:23:54 PM PDT by Laverne
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To: Laverne

It’s got my vote...


2 posted on 08/09/2007 5:26:34 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: Laverne

Could America be on the verge of waking up?


3 posted on 08/09/2007 5:26:57 PM PDT by Califreak (Go Hunter!)
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To: Laverne; Grampa Dave; Liz

bttt

politically biased, inaccurate, and don’t care about the people they report on...


4 posted on 08/09/2007 5:27:23 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
GONE WITH THE WIND - 2007

"There was a land of Publishers and Editors called the Newspaper Business... Here in this pretty world Journalism took its last bow... Here was the last ever to be seen of Reporters and their Enablers, of Anonymous Sources and of Stringers... Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Civilization Gone With the Wind..."

With apologies to Margaret Mitchell...

Oh, fiddlededee!

5 posted on 08/09/2007 5:28:56 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: Laverne

Take that ....McManus, Kalplan, Olbermann, Matthews, Blitzer, Cooper and Couric


6 posted on 08/09/2007 5:29:05 PM PDT by rod1 (uake)
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To: Laverne
If the LSM have any hope, they need to publish articles on the Constitution and how it's been perverted over the decades. Also only articles designed to promote individual responsibility.

(They're toast)

7 posted on 08/09/2007 5:29:07 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Laverne
"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed." -- Mark Twain

Other, apparently, are slow to figure out things.

8 posted on 08/09/2007 5:29:28 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Laverne
More than two-thirds of the Internet users said they felt that news organizations don't care about the people they report on; 59 percent said their reporting was inaccurate; and 64 percent they were politically biased.

Why don't the rest of us see it?

9 posted on 08/09/2007 5:31:43 PM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: Laverne

Here’s the whole enchilada

http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=348


10 posted on 08/09/2007 5:32:36 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


11 posted on 08/09/2007 5:33:41 PM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: Laverne
What's interesting about this is it's a product of Pew Research, which is generally biased to the left. So the reality is at least this bad, if not worse than reported. The other interesting point is that the 25% who are Internet users, who are "better educated" and better off economically, are MORE critical of media bias.

These are good signs, looking forward. More and more, the Dems are relying on the lost and the lame. Unfortunately, there are a lot of those out there.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "It Bleeds, It Leads, It Deceives"

12 posted on 08/09/2007 5:37:43 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Please visit www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Laverne

I believe a large percentage of the media and democrats want the US to be defeated in Iraq.


13 posted on 08/09/2007 5:40:26 PM PDT by Wheee The People (Go FRed)
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To: Laverne
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
14 posted on 08/09/2007 5:41:35 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Latest article, "It Bleeds, It Leads, It Deceives" Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
15 posted on 08/09/2007 5:43:01 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: abb
Thanks for the ping.

More than two-thirds of the Internet users said they felt that news organizations don't care about the people they report on; 59 percent said their reporting was inaccurate; and 64 percent they were politically biased.

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16 posted on 08/09/2007 5:44:34 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Laverne
The MSM is partisan AND biased. The American people are NOT stupid. The news business is the only one that can get away with treating their customers with contempt. People are just fed up with the Fourth Estate.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

17 posted on 08/09/2007 5:45:34 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Laverne

Sohow come these boob voters vote for the DEM party when the media is their propaganda arm


18 posted on 08/09/2007 5:57:12 PM PDT by uncbob (m first)
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To: Congressman Billybob
More than two-thirds...said they felt that news organizations don't care about the people they report on

59 percent said their reporting was inaccurate...

64 percent [said] they were politically biased.

More than half -- 53 percent...also faulted the news organizations for "failing to stand up for America".

Any sane industry would respond to these poll results with absolute panic -- accurately recognizing it as the voice of doom for their enterprise.

They would immediately respond with efforts to discover exactly why their market felt so negatively about their product. And, having made the appropriate discoveries, they would've changed their product accordingly.

Such actions would be recognized as the difference between catastrophic failure and survival.

Instead, the Mainstream Media's response is disdain for their market, contempt for their critics.

It is, indeed, a stunning exercise in corporate and career suicide...

19 posted on 08/09/2007 5:58:27 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Laverne
About three months ago, I struck up a conversation with a woman in line at the grocery store. I mentioned something about the biased media and she agreed with me. But it wasn't what I thought.

She went on to say that the media is biased towards the Republicans. I said, "What?" She said the media has to say what Bush tells them to or they lose their invitations to the press conferences and media events. I said, "Wow, what a loon" and walked away.

20 posted on 08/09/2007 6:08:47 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (Were those magic grits?)
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To: okie01
Remember that Detroit had the same, disdainful attitude about Japanese cars. It has learned a hard, painful lesson, but only in part. Detroit is STILL getting whipped in the marketplace, only the bleeding is slower now.

Both Detroit and the MSM remind me of the final weeks of Generalissimo Franco's life when the doctors were cutting away more and more body parts, while issuing bulletins that Franco was "alive" and recovering.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "It Bleeds, It Leads, It Deceives"

21 posted on 08/09/2007 6:10:48 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Please visit www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Laverne

The media’s reaction: First, we aren’t “biased” or “inaccurate.” Second who’s cares what you think anyway?


22 posted on 08/09/2007 6:11:28 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Veggie Todd
Yup, same here, I have talked to plenty of Libs who think the Media is GOP Favored,....
23 posted on 08/09/2007 6:12:09 PM PDT by cmsgop ( "cmsgop" a Mark Goodson / Bill Todman Production)
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To: Laverne

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24 posted on 08/09/2007 6:20:48 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....run, Fred, run. :^)
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To: goldstategop

The news business is the only one that can get away with treating their customers with contempt.

You forgot politicians! ;)


25 posted on 08/09/2007 6:25:16 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Laverne

They keep on with their liberal crap and their readers or viewers keep leaving. Isn’t that the definition of insanity?


26 posted on 08/09/2007 6:26:18 PM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: Laverne

GRRRRREAT news! Thanks for posting.


27 posted on 08/09/2007 6:28:30 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Laverne
"Two decades ago, public attitudes about how news organizations do their job were less negative. Most people believed that news organizations stood up for America... a majority believed that news organizations got the facts straight," Pew said in a report.

That was in 1987? Hard to believe people were that ignorant just twenty years ago.

28 posted on 08/09/2007 6:31:45 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Laverne

I find these results encouraging. People are catching on.


29 posted on 08/09/2007 6:41:38 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: Laverne
More than two-thirds of the Internet users said they felt that news organizations don't care about the people they report on.

What kind of poll question would lead 2/3 of Internet users to answer this way? I want the news to be reported truthfully and without bias not some touchy-feely namby-pamby "we care about somebody and we are so sorry we have to report this news about them"!

30 posted on 08/09/2007 6:56:14 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Laverne

And not likely to change.


31 posted on 08/09/2007 6:57:16 PM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: goldstategop
The MSM is partisan AND biased. The American people are NOT stupid. The news business is the only one that can get away with treating their customers with contempt. People are just fed up with the Fourth Estate.

It would appear that way, and what a long time comin' it's been for people to weary of the contempt you speak of.

It is too bad that folks could never get their arms around the fact that the MSM is the marketing arm of the DNC fraudulently dressed up as jounalistic institutions to assign credibility to their ad copy where none was ever warranted. Pulitzer's are worthless awards.

Seems then this whole concept of "bias" is a brilliant red herring designed to keep conservatives chasing their tails in a never ending quest for "balance" where justification for such doesn't exist. I mean who ever heard of a marketing firm designing an ad campaign that gives credit for anything possitive to the client's competitors.

It is really too bad that the country can't figure out this simple truth. At least the liberals will have one less reason to believe they are smarter than the rest of us. Considering how long they have gotten away with the disquising ad copy as "journalism" it would appear up until now they have a point.

32 posted on 08/09/2007 7:03:08 PM PDT by Eddie01
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To: airborne

The media have gone from just being biased left, to propagandists. The false stories are growing more and more and the internet is setting the story straight. Look what just happened with TNR and their soldier’s fake stories (Scott Thomas Beauchamp).

I was on CSPAN recently (call in) and was talking about the bias, and the host asked me to stay on the line while he read an excerpt from the NYTimes and asked me my opinion. I simply told him: “Its the NYTimes, garbage in/garbage out”. He snickered, but didn’t comment on my comment.


33 posted on 08/09/2007 7:04:18 PM PDT by Laverne
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35 posted on 08/09/2007 7:12:13 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims.)
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To: Laverne
LOL! Good response!

The media is like the Telluride City Council, that voted for Bush’s impeachment.

They’re so disconnected from everyone but their own little liberal circle, that they have no idea just how out of touch with the real world they are.

36 posted on 08/09/2007 7:19:08 PM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: Laverne
Now this begs the question: How many times was the media wrong and biased in the past without the checks and balances of the blogosphere?

In recent history, Vietnam really stands out as suffering the same criticisms, but there was no blogosphere to counteract the media monopoly. So, the media controlled daily imagery of the war and in a most negative way.

Nixon and Watergate deserve more scrutiny too. It was no secret that President Nixon and the press mutually loathed each other. The media was unrelenting in their "tricky dick" imagry of the President. They taught or conditioned the American public not to like him as much as anyhing he did wrong

Ronald Reagan was on the cusp of media smears where in the early 80's he was ridiculed as a napping senile fossil. Yet, at the time of his death and thanks to websites such as this one, his true legacy prevailed over the previous media stereotypes.

The media, even now, frequently gets a story wrong, has it proven to them, but never apologizes. The false reports from Baghdad reported in the New Republic and the Hadaipha case are two examples.

When will they ever learn? Why do they think they deserve our trust or respect?

37 posted on 08/09/2007 7:26:55 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Laverne

“More than half — 53 percent — of Internet users also faulted the news organizations for “failing to stand up for America”.

Yep


38 posted on 08/09/2007 7:37:53 PM PDT by RDTF (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: goldstategop
The American people are NOT stupid.
 
Oh...??
 
Murder Network, Litigation Network, Sob Network, Pander Networks, Nanny Network, Liberal Talking Points Network, Liar's Network, Day- dreamers Network, Victim's Network,   ...all designed for the Sheeple's viewing pleasure...AND ripe for exploitation by the Islamofascists.

39 posted on 08/09/2007 8:01:56 PM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: goldstategop

Sheeple

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Sheeple is a term of disparagement, created by combining the words "sheep" and "people." It implies that those people it references believe whatever they are told, without processing it to be sure that it is an accurate representation of the real world around them. The term can be applied to any group, often in a political or comedic sense.


40 posted on 08/09/2007 8:19:37 PM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Laverne
Two decades ago, public attitudes about how news organizations do their job were less negative.

Two decades ago we didn't have the Internet, email, instant chat.

Today the news cycle is about five minutes long, if that. Sometimes there isn't any news cycle at all as events are reported live on blogs, etc.

But the DBM just keeps on plugging away, every day becoming just a little less relevant that the day before.

Fortunately for us, their death is slow and interesting to watch :)

41 posted on 08/09/2007 8:43:55 PM PDT by upchuck (Today there are 10,000 more illegal aliens in yer country than there were yesterday. 10,000! THINK!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
The statesman is an easy man
He tells his lies by rote;
A journalist makes up his lies
and takes you by the throat;
so stay at home and drink your beer
and let the neighbors vote.
etc.....
Excerpt from The Old Stone Cross - W.B.Yeats, 1938.......
42 posted on 08/09/2007 9:38:43 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Laverne; bert; abb; martin_fierro; rightinthemiddle; Lazamataz; The Watcher; HAL9000; ...
More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, and don’t care about the people they report on, a poll published Thursday showed.

And poll respondents who use the Internet as their main source of news — roughly one quarter of all Americans — were even harsher with their criticism, the poll conducted by the Pew Research Center said.

More than two-thirds of the Internet users said they felt that news organizations don’t care about the people they report on; 59 percent said their reporting was inaccurate; and 64 percent they were politically biased.

More than half — 53 percent — of Internet users also faulted the news organizations for “failing to stand up for America”.

Among those who get their news from newspapers and television, criticism of the news organizations was up to 20 percentage points lower than among Internet news audiences, who tend to be younger and better educated than the public as a whole, according to Pew.

43 posted on 08/09/2007 9:42:50 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Laverne

A poll I finally agree with!


44 posted on 08/09/2007 9:44:44 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Laverne

Biased? Gee, we almost didn’t notice. The biggest campaign finance fraud in history and they won’t report it.


45 posted on 08/09/2007 10:05:22 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance
More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased,

Even more so since foreign corporations and governments were allowed to purchase US news organizations since Al Gores 1996 Telecommunications act. Of course a foreign government, like Saudi Arabia, for example, is going to use their ownership of media for pro-Saudi propaganda. A fine example is the multiculturalist bias that is pro-islamic in Fox news and other Saudi-owned media,especially troubling since the war on terror is in part, the result of islamic jihad.
46 posted on 08/09/2007 10:24:19 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer (I'm a billionaire! Thanks WTO and the "free trade" system!--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: hedgetrimmer

bump

bump

and bump


47 posted on 08/09/2007 10:25:33 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Califreak

Or dying off. The older generation still reads newspapaers and news magazines, etc. The younger does not, so much.


48 posted on 08/09/2007 10:26:43 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Calpernia

nuh uh


49 posted on 08/09/2007 10:29:10 PM PDT by Miss Maam
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

Public is smarter than I thought!


50 posted on 08/09/2007 10:40:20 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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