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Media, Is that what determines reality in a polarized society?
Editor & Publisher recently reported on a new poll of Americans' attitudes toward the news media:
A new Gallup poll released Friday, October 19, 2007, show[s] a wide gap between how Republicans and Democrats view the mass media. Nearly 3 in 4 Republicans say the media is "too liberal."
[Gallup director Frank] Newport explains:
"Republicans in America today remain deeply distrustful of the national news media -- in sharp contrast to Democrats, who have a great deal more trust in the media's accuracy."
Exactly twice as many Democrats (66%) express some faith in the media compared with Republicans (33%).
More than twice as many Americans say the news media are too liberal (45%) rather than too conservative (18%).
But Newport adds: "Americans' views of the bias in news media are highly related -- as would be expected -- to underlying political orientation."
Some 22% of Democrats find the media "too conservative," but this is a much lower number than the Republican assertion [that the media are too liberal] (77%).
Between the media's treatment of Gore and their handling of the run-up to the Iraq war, how can Democrats have so much faith in the media and Republicans so little?
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