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Another thing the two parties disagree on

Posted at 2:19 PM on October 9, 2007 by Melanie Sommer (1 Comments)

The Gallup organization is out with a new survey on how the two major political parties regard the mass media. And it shows a huge gap between Republicans and Democrats.

The results were noted on Editor and Publisher's Web site.

Nearly 3 in 4 Republicans say the media is "too liberal." But overall, Gallup's director Frank Newport reports, "less than half of Americans, regardless of partisanship, have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the mass media."

Newport explains: "Republicans in America today remain deeply distrustful of the national news media -- in sharp contrast to Democrats, who have a great deal more trust in the media's accuracy." Exactly twice as many Democrats (66%) express some faith in the media compared with Republicans (33%).

More than twice as many Americans say the news media are too liberal (45%) rather than too conservative (18%). But Newport adds: "Americans' views of the bias in news media are highly related -- as would be expected -- to underlying political orientation."

Gallup adds: "Americans are less likely to perceive bias in their local news media than in the national news media."

Comments (1)

With the growth of FOX, greater penetration of conservative media and the take over of independent newspapers by Murdock, one would expect this result to change to favor Republican trust in national media, and Democratic skepticism.

As a political centrist or liberal centrist, I have little faith in national media concerning the "War against Terrorism." Even liberal media have been wantonly neglectful in oversight of government abuse (e.g., torture, disinformation, fear mongering and Federal usurpation of civil liberties).

Posted by Bruce Holloway | October 11, 2007 11:47 AM