Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Americans Are Sick of Media's Pro-Obama Bias
U.S.News & World Repor ^ | 9/21/12 | MARY KATE CARY

Posted on 09/23/2012 12:43:27 PM PDT by neverdem

This just in from the Gallup organization: Americans' distrust of the media has just hit a  new record, with six in 10 Americans saying they have "little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly." Forty percent say they have a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of trust, and I assume this is the same crowd who approve of the job Congress is doing. Where do they find these people?

Gallup says the 20-point difference between positive and negative views of the media is "by far" the highest Gallup has seen since it began asking the question in the 1990s. Among those who trust the media, 58 percent identify themselves as Democrats; 26 percent as Republicans; and most interestingly, 31 percent as independents. That means 69 percent of independents don't trust the media. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the implications of that:

[See a collection of political cartoons on the 2012 campaign.]

This year's decline in media trust is driven by independents and Republicans. Independents are sharply more negative compared with 2008, suggesting the group that is most closely divided between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is quite dissatisfied with its ability to get fair and accurate news coverage of this election.

On the NBC News homepage for politics, there is a chart looking the number of mentions of each candidate on social media: As of yesterday, 30 percent who state an intention to vote for a candidate on social media sites intend to vote for Obama; 38 percent intend to vote for Romney. There have been nearly 33,000 opinions expressed about Obama: Of those, 40 percent are positive, 60 percent negative. Regarding Romney, 21,500 opinions have been posted: 51 percent positive, 49 percent negative. If these numbers are accurate, it tells me this: People aren't agreeing with what they're seeing and hearing from the mainstream media. And they feel strongly enough to post something online about it.

[Check out our editorial cartoons on President Obama.]

I feel the same way—I've gotten to the point where I tune out much of the political coverage because it makes my blood pressure so high. Here's an example of what I'm talking about. On that same homepage at NBC News, here are the headlines for today:

  1. Romney paid 14.1 percent effective tax rate in 2011
  2. Obama's battleground advantage grows
  3. Obama hits Romney on 47 percent: 'I don't see a lot of victims'
  4. Ryan gets boos at AARP conference
  5. Polls: Obama ahead in Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin
  6. Obama swipes at Romney over '47 percent' comments

[Take the U.S. News Poll: Did Mitt Romney Release Enough of His Tax Returns?]

And yet we know that Romney also gave away $4 million last year to charity; that there are just as many polls showing Romney within the margin of error as show Obama ahead; and that Ryan was also applauded at the AARP conference—but there is no mention of those in the headlines. Apparently NBC feels we need to be reminded twice that Obama disagrees with Romney's '47 percent' comment.

Really? Only six in 10 have a problem with this?


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 57states; lamestreammediabias; lsm; mainstreammediabias; media; mediabias; mediawingofthednc; msm; mymuslimfaith; partisanmedia; partisanmediashills

1 posted on 09/23/2012 12:43:34 PM PDT by neverdem
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: neverdem

Those headlines at NBC are the same type you see every day at Yahoo as well. It’s all anti Romney pro Obama - with $4 gas, no jobs, Middle East blowing up, etc. Amazing!


2 posted on 09/23/2012 12:52:43 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nhwingut

Ambassador killed on 9/11 anniversary and the “big story” that week? Romney three month old tape saying those on the government dole won’t for him. Shocker!


3 posted on 09/23/2012 12:57:54 PM PDT by TigerClaws
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nhwingut

Little does the mainstream media know that their love affair for Obama will cost him the election if they keep it up. Americans aren’t going to let them decide who will be our next president!


4 posted on 09/23/2012 12:59:51 PM PDT by Ohiobelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: neverdem
"Forty percent say they have a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of trust, and I assume this is the same crowd who approve of the job Congress is doing. Where do they find these people?"

In the grocery store checkout lines. I know far too many otherwise seemingly intelligent people who get their news from the headlines and front pages of supermarket tabloids. They trust and consume the food, so why not the "news" stories as well?
5 posted on 09/23/2012 1:03:11 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nhwingut
You won't be seeing that $ 4 gasoline soon, soon it will be $ 5 - $ 6 gasoline or higher.
Things are getting ready to really heat up in the middle east with Iran saying they can launch a pre-emtive strike against Israel if they see Israel getting ready to strike them.
6 posted on 09/23/2012 1:13:25 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: neverdem; All

7 posted on 09/23/2012 1:16:26 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

That social media stuff is interesting.


8 posted on 09/23/2012 1:17:03 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Clintonfatigued

I found your thread from 8 years ago by making lame stream media bias into a keyword, i.e. lamestreammediabias.


9 posted on 09/23/2012 1:25:16 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TigerClaws

Not one mention of our dead ambassador on the Sunday shows I watched. These shows disgust me.


10 posted on 09/23/2012 1:26:14 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: PowderMonkey

I read the tabs cover to cover when I’m on a supermarket line. Doesn’t mean I don’t read serious stuff too, lol!


11 posted on 09/23/2012 1:28:41 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: musicman

LOL!


12 posted on 09/23/2012 1:29:33 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

I complained about obvious media bias to a liberal guy at work back in 2000. His response? “So what? If you guys were in charge, you would do the same thing.”

“IF” is the big word. The lefties were clever enough to take over journalism, national TV news, and schools. We realized it a bit late. I am surprised they let an occasional article like this to leak through. Why bother trying to look balanced occasionally?


13 posted on 09/23/2012 1:30:56 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rwfromkansas
That social media stuff is interesting.

And just as deadly as Social Justice. Seems most reporters took lessons from Baghdad Bob....tell a lie often enough and people will believe it....well today's reporter's parrot each other or have the same marching orders about protecting their Socialist/Marxist in the White House....at least the fraud is now recognized as a true Socialist with a Marxist upbringing.

14 posted on 09/23/2012 1:31:01 PM PDT by yoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: nhwingut

I know, Yahoo is unabashedly campaigning for Zero. If you lived in a bubble and came out and read the headlines you’d think all is well with Obama and the world and Romney is the anti-Christ.

And Yahoo is by far the most viewed news site in the world. Staffed by kids brainwashed by leftist, secular, humanist journalism profs. These kids worst nightmare is to have to cover a Romney presidency.


15 posted on 09/23/2012 1:32:07 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (I'm starting a business. Who's going to build it for me?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: rwfromkansas

Quite right. Remember that Zero was th ecool guy last time around and got all the young voters, and his campaign (especially his primary one) was supposed to have been won to a large part due to his use of social media.

Also, note the VCI; the voter confidence index. How can 0 with a VCI of -33 have such a large lead. Compare the other presidents up for reelection, and remember that Clinton was assisted by Perot.

Social Media - Voter Confidence Index - Poll results = does not compute.


16 posted on 09/23/2012 1:34:17 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: ScaniaBoy

PS: Obama’s VCI was -29 in August, not -33, but the questions remain the same.


17 posted on 09/23/2012 1:36:08 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Rennes Templar

The SeeBS Sunday morning show this morning predicted obumer already had 330 projected electoral college votes wrapped up.
They are the worst propaganda channel on the air. Oh wait, there’s Also ABC, NBC, CNN and the others.
Liar, liar pants on fire.
Lie, lie lie and lie some more. Nothing but falsehoods on those channels.
Pathetic bunch of socialist indoctrination stations.


18 posted on 09/23/2012 1:48:00 PM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

It’s one giant obama infomercial. The way the media pumps him up he should be ahead 15 points by now.


19 posted on 09/23/2012 1:49:55 PM PDT by jersey117
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

The mainstream media is evil and wicked to the core. They have totally failed in their purpose, and they don’t care because they feel that their important mission is to cover and support the Dems. The mainstream media has become a wing of the DNC election propaganda organ.


20 posted on 09/23/2012 2:09:23 PM PDT by Moorings
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jersey117
It’s one giant obama infomercial.

Don't be surprised. The Bible says that satan is "the prince of the power of the air".

21 posted on 09/23/2012 2:28:24 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: neverdem; PJBankard; scottjewell; ebb tide; Sirius Lee; lilycicero; MaryLou1; glock rocks; JPG; ...
+

Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.


22 posted on 09/23/2012 2:33:23 PM PDT by narses
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

I’m thinking we need to take control of NBC, CBS, or NBC
and install personnel who understand true critical analysis
when it comes to hard news and the panel program format.
Liberals believe that critical analysis is what you apply to
your philosophical opponents only. They will never be able
to be in control their impulse to interject their personal bias
when it comes to political issues. They are taught to be
activists in journalism school by liberal teachers.

Liberals always claim that network CEOs are conservatives.
I don’t believe that to be true and it makes no difference
if it is as long as the CEOs allow reporters to define truth as
whatever makes their side look good and the conservative
side look bad.


23 posted on 09/23/2012 2:36:08 PM PDT by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ohiobelle

Americans aren’t going to let them decide who will be our next president!
_________________________________________________________

I hope you are right, but don’t forget, the media elected Bill Clinton. Thank God for the internet.


24 posted on 09/23/2012 2:57:00 PM PDT by NotTallTex
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

YES, WE ARE!!!


25 posted on 09/23/2012 2:57:19 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Right Wing Assault
“IF” is the big word. The lefties were clever enough to take over journalism, national TV news, and schools. We realized it a bit late.

No. Conservatives just prefer to have real jobs, jobs that produce something tangible.

26 posted on 09/23/2012 3:00:18 PM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: nhwingut

i am not sick of the media
i am sick of democrats
i just have a real problem
they just #$%^&%
disgust me
every last one
there is absolutely nothing a democrat has done in the last century (ok with the exception of ww2)that has not made me not want to punch (or worse) those #$%^&*($


27 posted on 09/23/2012 4:14:31 PM PDT by genghis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Oberon
Conservatives just prefer to have real jobs, jobs that produce something tangible.

So a physicist who discovers the concepts behind electronics does not have a real job. Only the people who build electronic devices do?

A person who gives us accurate news that we could not find on our own does not have a real job?

The teachers in a good school that teaches a kid how to learn on his or her own does not have a real job?

28 posted on 09/23/2012 4:35:49 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: nhwingut

Could it be that this is because Romney is up an average of 7.8% in the polls and the MSM knows it? See www.unskewedpolls.com


29 posted on 09/23/2012 5:53:58 PM PDT by GilGil
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Sivad
we need to take control of NBC, CBS, or NBC and install personnel who understand true critical analysis when it comes to hard news and the panel program format.
How easy you make it sound. The fundamental problem, IMHO, is not that journalists should be objective but in fact are “liberal” but that journalism is united - and the result is exactly what Adam Smith would have predicted:
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary. - Wealth of nations, Book I, Ch 10
There was some government support for communication among newspapers - in the form of free postage for the mailing of newspapers from one printer to another - in the early days of the Republic. But that wasn’t enough to unify and homogenize journalism, and the various printers were famous for not agreeing on much of anything. But something changed that in the middle of the Nineteenth Century. That something, IMHO, was the telegraph - the telegraph, and the Associated Press. The AP newswire is a virtual “meeting" of newspaper printers which has been going on continuously since the Civil War.
People who become journalists want to be influential. Journalists don’t provide us with our necessities of food, clothing, shelter, health care, or security - but they compete for credit with the public with those who do provide those things. So nothing could be more natural to the journalist than “demand side economics” - i.e., the idea that our necessities are things to which we have a natural right, and those who provide them don’t deserve any credit for that. Rather, journalists suggest that the credit does not go to “the man in the arena” but instead to the critic - i.e., themselves.

That creates a propaganda wind, down which opportunists sail. Part of that propaganda wind is the pronounced tendency of journalists to associate positive labels to those who join the critic class with them. Thus, critics of suppliers are called “liberal” (originally an American virtue) “progressive” (ditto) or “moderate” (a classical virtue). Defenders of suppliers are given negative labels such as “right wingers” or “conservatives” (and anyone who doesn’t understand the latter as a smear should consider how desirous an advertiser is to be able to call his product “NEW!”).

The implication of this analysis is that we should look to antitrust law as our lever against the journalism monopoly. Fortunately - at least according to a seemingly credible web site I saw, but can’t now cite because it has changed - The AP was found by SCOTUS to be in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act back in 1945. And, the AP is no longer “too big to fail” in principle, because its core mission is to economize on bandwidth in the transmission of news. That mission is anachronistic because bandwidth is now so cheap.

30 posted on 09/23/2012 6:50:52 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: nhwingut
same type you see every day at Yahoo as well.

If I remember correctly, Yahoo uses RotoReuters news...

Another fine example of a fair and balanced news agency...

31 posted on 09/23/2012 7:29:24 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: neverdem

I was listening to a local radio talk show this evening, Beyond the Beltway, hosted by Bruce Dumont. He said he doesn’t remember a Republican presidential candidate being so vilified by the national mainstream media. The closest he remembered was the way Barry Goldwater was treated. A lib called and tried to challenge him and claimed there is no media bias, but Bruce told him he was wrong. It was good to hear, that I’m not the only one who feels the national media has gone insane. A disaster in the mideast, and the media spends a week on Romney’s 47% comment.


32 posted on 09/23/2012 7:43:53 PM PDT by Fu-fu2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ohiobelle

“Little does the mainstream media know that their love affair for Obama will cost him the election if they keep it up. Americans aren’t going to let them decide who will be our next president!”

And I don’t they have a clue that their massive pro-Obama bias hastens their demise as people turn away from their non-credulity in favor of multiple other alternatives.


33 posted on 09/23/2012 8:10:43 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: conservatism_IS_compassion

“How simple you make it sound”.

To make it sound simple is not my intent but IMHO you make it
sound more complicated than it needs to be. I draw a distinction
between hard news and opinion journalism. I along with most
folks understand the difference. At one time the so-called Fourth
Estate boasted that their mission was to make the powerful
at least somewhat uncomfortable. While total objectivity may
have never been the case I believe that the “editorialization”
of hard political news is at an all time high and getting worse.
And since the beneficiaries of this editorializing tend to be
the liberal powerful they always have a reason to feel com-
fortable

I don’t believe that journalism, itself, unites people philosop-
hically although it may attract a certain type of people to its’
ranks. Regardless, political news reporting should be as ob-
jective as possible within the parameters of the general target
audience. IF you are perhaps advancing the idea that invoking
anti-trust laws can ameliorate this problem I don’t believe that
will ever happen. The train has left the station. Instead
of challenging freedom of the press I submit that it is
better to offer the people an alternative to one sided
slant.


34 posted on 09/23/2012 9:51:42 PM PDT by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: NotTallTex

“the media elected Bill Clinton”

Don’t forget George Bush’s contribution. Bush and Clinton, thick as thieves.


35 posted on 09/24/2012 12:50:30 PM PDT by Scarlet Pimpernel (And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: sauropod

bfl


36 posted on 09/24/2012 12:52:23 PM PDT by hellinahandcart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks neverdem.


37 posted on 09/24/2012 5:57:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: conservatism_IS_compassion
The implication of this analysis is that we should look to antitrust law as our lever against the journalism monopoly.

agree

38 posted on 09/24/2012 10:46:37 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson