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Pew poll shows most Americans view media as biased, inaccurate, uncaring. And that’s the good news. 8/9/07

Posted by Steve Boriss in Public's view of press.
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Everyday, mainstream news outlets accept and report poll results as meaningful truths — e.g. Bush’s low approval ratings, Hillary’s lead, the public’s belief that we should have never gone into Iraq. But, here’s a newsworthy poll from the highly respected
Pew Research Center
that Old Media will neither report nor embrace as truth. More than half of Americans now believe US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, and don’t care about the people they report on. Could the situation be any worse? Actually, it is. The Internet news audience – those people whom the Old Media must attract to survive — hold them in even greater contempt, with 59% condemning news outlets for inaccuracy and 64% for political bias.

It used to be so easy for news outlets to shrug-off criticism. If it weren’t for talk radio…or Fox News…or the tabloids…or sensationalism…or angry white men…or the vast right-wing conspiracy…or global warming…or [fill-in the boogeyman of your choice here]. But, there’s a very old principle known as Occam’s Razor which translates roughly to “the simplest explanation tends to be the correct one.” And in this case, the simplest explanation is that news organizations actually are politically biased, inaccurate, and don’t care about the people they report on. If that’s a meaningful truth, and news organizations don’t start to do something about it, it’s not just the people they report on who they don’t care about, but also those who now have jobs with them.

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