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How Biased Is the Media?

There are constant accusations, from both sides of the aisle, of media bias. But just how bad is it really? What do you think?

There has been accusations of media bias as far back as when mass media began in its earliest forms.

In the United States there were accusations of media bias back in the 1700s, including against Ben Franklin, wrote Walter Isaacson in Ben Franklin: An American Life. In 1798, Congress made it illegal to criticise the government through the Sedition Act, but that was reversed in 1801.

However, it appears that now at least the perception of media bias has reached a point that it has damaged media credibility more than at any time in the past.

In 2011, Gallup Polls indicated that most Americans do not have confidence in mass media and its ability to report the news fairly.

A 60 percent majority reported bias, with 47 percent saying the slant was liberal and 13 percent saying it was conservative. Only about 36 percent of the public indicated that they believed the media reported the news fairly.

According to Gallup, since 2002 more Americans think the bias is liberal than conservative. 

Do you personally trust the media to give you the news without any bias, either liberal or conservative? What bias do you perceived in the news reporting you see - either liberal or conservative? And does this change in national versus local reporting?

Spencer Davis October 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM
The media is extremely biased. The liberal, Democratic press has allowed itself to become irrelevant in many ways. In Florida it is propogated every election cycle with "Medi-scare" tactics that fool seniors into believing that they will be relegated to a third world health care system; one created to save money for wealthy Americans. Nationwide the concept that anyone that even thinks of voting for a Republican is a gun toten, overweight, uneducated hayseed is propogated by the choice of topics to cover and the manner in which they are portrayed. Sadly, there is no check or balance on the media. They airwaves (or cablewaves) are full of self centered, self serving, self promoting windbags, all hell-bent creating a Marxist society in North America. One we used believe was the UNITED States.
Deborah Weatherby October 31, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Luckily the Fox News Network has no agenda, as Bill Reilly is so fond of saying, and tells it like it is. What I don't like about Fox is that they actually have the nerve to push the candidates, like Paul Ryan to fill out his plan with facts. And have had the audacity to point out that Romney actually has flip flopped on many of the issues. The truth is that neither of the candidates will truly know where they are going with their plan until they are in office and we will just have to trust them on that, so why doesn't FOX News???
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