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resident Trump has been chastised for calling out the credibility of mainstream media, but he’s not alone. In a study released today, results show “nearly half of all Americans describe the news media as ‘very biased.” The study, conducted by Knight Foundation and Gallup was described as “sobering.”

Part of the ‘sobering’ aspect is that data was compiled before the coronavirus lockdown and nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. The overwhelming likelihood is those events would further the percentage divides. Using a random sample of 20,046 American adults between November 8, 2019, and February 16, 2020, the study claims a margin of error of plus or minus 1%.

In the findings, 73% of Americans believe bias in news reports is a major problem, up from 65% two years ago. “Those surveyed also didn’t believe much in honest mistakes. When there were inaccuracies in articles, 54% of Americans said they believed reporters misrepresented facts, while 28% said reporters were making things up in their entirety” the Associated Press reported.

It was determined that 71% of Republicans have a “very” or “somewhat” unfavorable opinion of the news media, while Democrats were at only 22%. On the flip side, 54% of Democrats have a very favorable view of the media, and only 13% of Republicans feel the same way.

It appears the decline of confidence in the media while having dropped significantly over the past year, has been on a slow burn since 1999. The Knight and Gallup poll reports 41% of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the ability of the media to report the news fairly, but that is down from 55% in a “similar survey” from 1999.

Director of learning and impact at the Knight Foundation, John Sands, said the concerns over media bias is “a bad thing for democracy.” “Our concern is that when half of Americans have some sort of doubt about the veracity of the news they consume, it’s going to be impossible for our democracy to function,” said Sands.

“We’re starting to see more retrenchment among those who have already expressed deep concerns,” said Sands. “Moving the dial on these attitudes becomes more and more difficult for media organizations” he added.

11 Comments

  1. How to deal with the Media…
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    Never believe anything you hear and only half of what you see..
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    And in honor of Sally Yates testifying…..
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    Never talk to the FBI/DOJ. Have your lawyer do it. And remember to order your lawyer to say nothing.

  2. Most of the media is left of Mao. Nobody with a brain believes what they say about Republicans in general, particularly President Trump.

  3. Trust me American’s don’t Trust the Media, I can Honestly say during 9-11 the Media started they’re Deceit and hasn’t let up since! There’s only 1 Truth and Facts about something but the so called Journalist and TV hosts make things up and they’re Version of Facts and Truth just depends on they’re Agenda! This is the reason people search for Truth and the Facts on the Web, because we don’t Trust! It’s very very sad this is the World we live in and everyone in Liberal Media are Liars !

  4. This will not have any influence on the media. They will continue to play their propaganda game. As long as they have the deep pockets of corruption feeding them they can afford to lose major advertisers and continue their nonsense. They don’t try to hide their bias. They blatantly distort the facts, intentionally manipulate the data and outright lie to present an anti-Trump and anti-America agenda.

  5. Most of the media are nothing but left wing shills. They are anything but journalists. They are hateful individuals with a left wing agenda and are totally against anything conservative. Never thought I would see the day.

  6. CORRECT!!!

  7. It’s about time . The “ silent majority “ must
    speak up or our country will go down the drain

  8. Can’t wait to see the poll now after both of these situations!

  9. It used to be “All the News that’s FIT to Print”… now it’s become “All the garbage they can make up that Americans are gullible enough to believe”… and how much of the far left radical, socialist democrat narrative, they can push, and how well they disguise, twist and or bury the REAL FACTS & TRUTH. Sad, that a once proud and respected organization, has fallen to such despair. Guess a fitting “close” would be: “AND THAT’S THE WAY IT WAS”… goodnight America.

  10. The “media” is the enemy of the “people” and they are puppets of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Biased all across the Countty.

  11. Truth! Yet, when we search the web, Google controls 91% of the engine search.
    Media is definitely bias. So much so that I am concerned about our Republic being able to remain one.
    Their hate has made them even more blind to truth.
    What we’re seeing is a globalist plan to take down America. ‬MSM I believe is complicit.
    The third term that HRC should have had would have allowed them time to finalize this possible with the other nation.
    Now they are Unhinged or Super Unglued.
    VOTE TRUMP & STRAIGHT RED!!!

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