The Majority of Americans say the mainstream media is politically biased and inaccurate

Mick Gregory

The public thinks mainstream media is politically biased? Wow, you think?

In a new survey by Pew Research Center, a majority of Americans say U.S. news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, and don’t care about the people they report on, a poll published Thursday showed.

Survey respondents who use the Internet as their main source of news — one quarter of all Americans — were even harsher in their criticism of mainstream media, the poll findings said.

More than two-thirds of the Internet users said they felt that news organizations don’t care about the people they report on; 59 percent said their reporting was inaccurate; and 64 percent they were politically biased.

More than half — 53 percent — of Internet users also faulted the news organizations for “failing to stand up for America”.

Among those who get their news from newspapers and television, criticism of the news organizations was up to 20 percentage points lower than among Internet news audiences, who tend to be younger and better educated than the public as a whole, according to Pew.

The poll indicates an across the board fall in the public’s opinion on the news media since 1985, when a similar survey was conducted by Times Mirror, Pew Research said.

“Two decades ago, (before the Internet) public attitudes about how news organizations do their job were less negative. Most people believed that news organizations stood up for America… a majority believed that news organizations got the facts straight,” Pew said in a report.

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