Americans Suspicious of Media Coverage

More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, unable to acknowledge mistakes and do not care about the people they report on, a new poll has shown.

Americans Suspicious of Media Coverage
More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, unable to acknowledge mistakes and do not care about the people they report on, a new poll has shown.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of Americans are now watching TV news networks or reading leading national newspapers with a suspicious eye, according to the poll conducted by the Pew Research Center and posted on the organization's website Friday, August 10.

In 1985, the survey compared, most Americans (55%) said news organizations get the facts straight, but Since the late 1990s, consistent majorities have expressed the belief that news stories are often inaccurate.

Positive views of major Fox News and CNN have fallen substantially over the past two decades.

"In 1987, fully 91% of those able to rate CNN offered a favorable assessment and positive ratings were about as high in 1992 (95%). Today, just 72% of those who rate CNN individually say the same," the survey found.

"Ratings of large nationally influential newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post also have dropped in recent years. Just six-in-ten Americans who offer a view of major national newspapers give a favorable assessment."

The Iraq war against stands out as a man parameter of the media credibility.

Overall, about 58 percent of the respondents were skeptical that the press is giving the public an accurate picture of how the Iraq war is going.

The poll indicates an across the board fall in the public's opinion on the news media since 1985, when a similar survey was conducted by Times Mirror, Pew Research said.

"Two decades ago, public attitudes about how news organizations do their job were less negative. Most people believed that news organizations stood up for America... a majority believed that news organizations got the facts straight," Pew said.

The Washington-based Pew Research Center describes itself as a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

It conducted this latest survey from July 25-29 among 1,503 adults over the phone.

Online Viewers

The poll respondents who use the Internet as their main source of news — roughly one quarter of all Americans — were even harsher with their criticism.

More than two-thirds of the Internet users said they felt that news organizations do not care about the people they report on.

Fifty-nine percent said their reporting was inaccurate; and 64 percent they were politically biased.

More than half -- 53 percent -- of Internet users also faulted the news organizations for "failing to stand up for America".

And as many as 38% of those who rely mostly on the internet for news say they have an unfavorable opinion of cable news networks such as CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

Fox Influence

The poll further singled out Fox News for the great influence it leaves on its viewers.

Republicans, for example, who count Fox as their main news source are considerably more critical of other media outlets than Republicans who rely on other sources.

"Fully 71% of Fox News Republicans hold an unfavorable opinion of major national newspapers, compared with 52% of Republicans who use other sources, and 33% of those who are not Republicans," the poll showed.

The survey further showed that politics played a large part in these assessments.

Republicans outnumber Democrats by two-to-one (43% to 21%) among the core Fox News Channel audience.

"Not surprisingly, the Fox News Channel audience is far more likely to say that news organizations have been unfair in their coverage of George W. Bush (49%) than those who cite CNN (19%) or network news (22%) as their main news source," the survey said.

Fox News is owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. It has been accused of promoting a conservative, right-wing, or Republican point of view at the expense of neutrality.

Click to see read the survey in full.

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