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Rasmussen reports Americans believe media aiding Obama (update)
Posted by: McQ on Monday, July 21, 2008

Interesting but not particularly surprising. Indications of the phenomenon were pointed out by those who noted that the "big 3" of network news were trailing Obama and breathlessly reporting on his trip to Europe and the Middle East while essentially ignoring McCain's similar trip.

It appears the American public has picked up on that as well:
The belief that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the fall campaign has grown by five percentage points over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help Obama with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago.

Just 14% believe most reporters will try to help John McCain win, little changed from 13% a month ago. Just one voter in four (24%) believes that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage.
Although we've talked about bias in the media before, I find it hard to believe any human being, regardless of how hard they try, can fully keep their biases out of what they say and do. That's not to make excuses for or condone it, it's simply an opinion based in years of observation.

The purpose of saying it is to acknowledge the existence of bias in reporting and to say we should learn to recognize it and filter it from the reporting if possible. In this election, at least if the perception is to be believed, the bias is toward Obama:
A plurality of Democrats—37%— say most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of the campaign. Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe most reporters are trying to help Obama and 21% in Obama’s party think reporters are trying to help McCain.

Among Republicans, 78% believe reporters are trying to help Obama and 10% see most offering unbiased coverage.

As for unaffiliated voters, 50% see a pro-Obama bias and 21% see unbiased coverage. Just 12% of those not affiliated with either major party believe the reporters are trying to help McCain.

In a more general sense, 45% say that most reporters would hide information if it hurt the candidate they wanted to win. Just 30% disagree and 25% are not sure. Democrats are evenly divided as to whether a reporter would release such information while Republicans and unaffiliated voters have less confidence in the reporters.

Republicans and unaffiliated voters are more likely to trust campaign information from family and friends than from reporters. Democrats are evenly divided as to who they would trust more.
Obviously there are a number of Dems and Reps who are going to believe whatever is written or reported in biased. But I think it is interesting to note that even among Dems, 27% think reporters are trying to aid Obama.

Interesting info, especially in a realm were perception is often times reality.

UPDATE: Case in point.
 
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21% in Obama’s party think reporters are trying to help McCain.
I believe MK would fall into this category.
 
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Its not bias if you know you’re doing it.

Its called something else. Lying or manipulation come to mind.
 
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The Times rejecting a McCain rebuttal to an Obama op-ed wont help this either
 
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