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More Media Bias news
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, March 15, 2007

In the wake of the Fox News/Nevada Democratic Debate kerfuffle, a Zogby poll which shows the vast majority of the population believes the media to be biased in its coverage:
The vast majority of American voters believe media bias is alive and well – 83% of likely voters said the media is biased in one direction or another, while just 11% believe the media doesn’t take political sides, a recent IPDI/Zogby Interactive poll shows.
Under the old maxim "perception is reality", this means the MSM has been singularly unsuccessful in projecting a aura of objectiveness in news coverage.

The perceived bias is also overwhelmingly to the left:
Nearly two-thirds of those online respondents who detected bias in the media (64%) said the media leans left, while slightly more than a quarter of respondents (28%) said they see a conservative bias on their TV sets and in their column inches.
Any significance in the numbers? Well check these out:
While 97% of Republicans surveyed said the media are liberal, two-thirds of political independents feel the same, but fewer than one in four independents (23%) said they saw a conservative bias. Democrats, while much more likely to perceive a conservative bias than other groups, were not nearly as sure the media was against them as were the Republicans. While Republicans were unified in their perception of a left-wing media, just two-thirds of Democrats were certain the media skewed right – and 17% said the bias favored the left.
Fox News draws a larger audience than does CNN and MSNBC. In fact, it may be larger than those two combined. I would think Democrats would want to get their message out to that group, wouldn't you?

That's who the netroots and John Edwards have decided to ignore.

Brilliant.

Another example of much the same can be found here.

One last little tidbit:
As the influence of blogs has risen, mainstream news organizations have attempted to get in on the action by creating their own blogs to counter those run by private citizens and those not in the news business. But American voters remain skeptical of major news outlets diving in to the blog pool – 26% speculated that the reason news organizations are placing blogs on their Web sites is that “blogs give news organizations a chance to promote a political agenda they could not promote in their regular broadcasts, cablecasts, or publications.”
Well of course Americans remain skeptical of MSM blogs. What are they but more of the same but perhaps a bit more open about it. See William Arkin.

Edit (6:30 pm 3/15/07): I pulled the "31%" quote since, although I heard it on the radio, I've been unable to confirm it at this time.
 
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26% speculated that the reason news organizations are placing blogs on their Web sites is that "blogs give news organizations a chance to promote a political agenda they could not promote in their regular broadcasts, cablecasts, or publications."
How many of the other 76% believe that they have blogs as another means of promoting the same agenda they promote in their newscasts and publications? Or so when they report on "what is happening in the blogosphere" they, don’t have to look very far?
 
Written By: Ted
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Do you know where you got the 31% are self identified conservatives? Id love to show the number around, but pulling it from the void doesnt help.
 
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Democrats, while much more likely to perceive a conservative bias than other groups,
As I’ve stated before, the Right sees media bias because their side doesn’t get a fair hearing. The Left sees media bias because Katie Couric and her fellow anchors doesn’t come out and call Bush Hitler every night on the news (Keith Olbermann aside)
 
Written By: shark
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Do you know where you got the 31% are self identified conservatives? Id love to show the number around, but pulling it from the void doesnt help.


This is the percentage of most political polls. (30-33 percent)
 
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This media is generaly liberal because of the class of people it attracts. It’s motto “Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” tends to attract, young, idealistic to the profession. They tend to be liberal arts graduates so they believe in the Liberal philosophy.

This was not always the case. Before “Watergate” most reporters were out for the “scoop” who’s ox they gored didn’t matter. (That’s not true of News outlets) “Tricksy Dickey” was the reason a hoard of ideologists went into news. They wanted to bring a president down, then become a wealthy and famous arbiter of the truth.

Cops hand out with other Cops and Journalists hang out with other Journalists. Given the background of the two groups, it’s not supprising, Cops have a “law and order” agenda. While Journalists have a “What’s good the community” perspective, with a bias towards more government.
 
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Fox News draws a larger audience than does CNN and MSNBC. In fact, it may be larger than those two combined. I would think Democrats would want to get their message out to that group, wouldn’t you?
In fact?

In speculation perhaps, in fiction certainly, but not in fact.

Fox has better ratings than either of those two networks, but more people watch CNN than FOX, about 20% more in fact.

Learn what a "cume" is.

CNN is also available in more homes, so if there were a debate on cable news, CNN would allow more people who wanted to watch it to tune in.

Still, the broadcast networks are in FAR more homes than all of the cable networks combined.
 
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