A Knight Foundation/Gallup poll released this week showed that 86% of Americans believe that there is a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of political bias in the mainstream media. This is 25% points higher than the same poll taken in 2007.
78% of Democrats and 94% of Republicans, believe that there is at least some bias in the media.
84% assign the media either a ‘great deal‘ (48%) or a ‘moderate amount‘ (36%) of blame for political division.
The poll noted when respondents were asked about their views of media outlets they distrust:
-79% of poll respondents said those outlets were “trying to persuade people to adopt a certain viewpoint.”
-When news is inaccurate, 54% of Americans think it’s because reporters are “misrepresenting the facts,” while
-28% assume they’re “making them up entirely.”
Does any of this surprise with the recent revelations outlined in the open letters from former MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary former NY Times op-ed contributor Bari Weiss. Or the recent parody from the Babylon Bee.