Just How Biased Is the Media?

There are constant accusations, from both sides of the aisle, of media bias. But just how bad is it really? What do you think?

There has been accusations of media bias as far back as when mass media began in its earliest forms. According to Wikipedia.org, in the United States there were accusations of media bias back in the 1700s. In 1798, Congress is reported to have outlawed any outright criticism of the government, but that was reversed in 1801.

However, it appears that now at least the perception of media bias has reached a point that it has damaged media credibility more than at any time in the past.

In 2011, Gallup Polls indicated that most Americans do not have confidence in mass media and its ability to report the news fairly. A 60 percent majority reported bias, with 47 percent saying the slant was liberal and 13 percent saying it was conservative. Only about 36 percent of the public indicated that they believed the media reported the news fairly. According to Gallup, since 2002 more Americans think the bias is liberal than conservative. 

Do you personally trust the media to give you the news without any bias, either liberal or conservative? What bias do you perceived in the news reporting you see - either liberal or conservative?

Rex Smithers October 29, 2012 at 03:34 PM
You mean like Bill jackass Maher giving Obama a million dollars? Then he accuses Obama of spending it on weed when Obama shows his true idiot identity.
Ryan Smith October 29, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Wanda: What's even worse than the political slant of some outlets is the devotion to "narrative" over facts at others. At least with Fox News and MSNBC, you know you're getting right-leaning or left-leaning reporting and can consider its value accordingly. Too many news outlets now don't necessarily have a political bias, but skew their reporting to fit the narrative they think is most interesting. Case in point: The "Al Gore is a serial exaggerator" meme from the 2000 election. News outlets reported that Gore had said things that he provably did not say, and twisted or misquoted things he did, to make it seem like he regularly exaggerated or fabricated things to make himself look better. Was that true? Not in the least. But the media thought it was a good narrative, so they went with it. Without taking a position on whether Gore would have been a good president, it is entirely possible that the media's emphasis on narrative over substance cost him the election.
Watts October 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM
@Brian Conservatives will never let the facts get in the way of a good spin.
Tammy Osier October 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Got to disagree with you there Brian. Caddell gives a liberal perspective having been one. many times he is on the side of disagreement with the conservatives. Same with Juan Williams- I hear him argue the liberal point constantly. But these guys respect each other and each others opinions. Doesn't surprise me that a conservative and liberal could get along when both agree to disagree. I watch liberal slanting news and the bias is almost to the point of making things up and there's no one to offer another viewpoint. So, who's more fair and balanced? I admit as someone said, of course you can tell which way they lean on both sides. But at least those associated with FoX can at least get both sides in order to make an educated decision. When i listen, I know what's bs and what's not. But for the most part, I get a good thorough conversation which is what I'm looking for.
Tammy Osier October 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Rex said: George Zimmerman isn't suing Fox News for doctoring his 911 call. You can kind of rest your case on that one.


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