Monday, September 14, 2009

Pew Poll: Almost All Americans See Press Bias

There has been a large upswing in the number of Americans who think the press is biased and unbalanced over the last two years. Only twenty-nine percent think the press gets the facts straight and eighteen percent think the press fairly reports all sides of the news. Even Democrats are now recognizing the bias in the mainstream media.

From The Pew Research Center:
The public’s assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans’ views of media bias and independence now match previous lows.

Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate. In the initial survey in this series about the news media’s performance in 1985, 55% said news stories were accurate while 34% said they were inaccurate. That percentage had fallen sharply by the late 1990s and has remained low over the last decade.

There is much more at The Pew Research Center:

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