“September 22, 2011
Majority in U.S. Continues to Distrust the Media, Perceive Bias
More perceive liberal bias than conservative bias
by Lymari Morales
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The majority of Americans still do not have confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. The 44% of Americans who have a great deal or fair amount of trust and the 55% who have little or no trust remain among the most negative views Gallup has measured.”
The media, our 4th Estate” watchdog, is supposed to provide us with accurate and timely news presented simply as un-biased information. With that information it then becomes up to us how honestly we process it and act upon it.
Those of us fortunate enough to have any memories of Murrow, Cronkite, Rooney, and the rest of the tremendous news teams put together to cover WWII are fortunate. Given the industry, standards imposed by the 24-hour news cycle those old and honored journalists are not going to be eclipsed by their linear descendants.
There is a continual battle for ratings among the news teams and a limited amount of “news” to be read by young and physically pleasing newsreaders.
There is also a limit to how many times we can sit through a repeat of news stories that have been vetted, washed, polished, and re-processed for the next reader and his/her demographic.
The belief that our media is largely biased is supported by poll data and by close examination into how the stories are presented. Fox News is among the most biased sources of all, being essentially an advertising conduit for the GOP and a propaganda organ for the teavangelists. CBS News is probably the most reliable broadcast media with MSNBC being the cable opposite of Fox News. CNN News, along with NBC, CBS, and ABC are the outlets I trust to be the least biased in their reporting.
Tonight is Obama’s opportunity to deliver the State of the Union Address. I won’t watch it. Nor will I watch the disloyal opposition’s attempt to create lies about his speech or from it. I’ll find a copy and read the actual text. As long as we can obtain and read such speeches, we can retain a high degree of personal and national freedom. Allowing the opposing party and/or the opposing hired media to spoon feed us the words of sitting politicians without making effort to read and study the actual items is the beginning of our downfall as a nation. Keep reading the actual documents. Keep reading, and keep demanding honest reporting from our media.