From Accuracy in Media's Don Irvine:
A new telephone survey by Rasmussen Reports found that voters believe that reporters are more liberal than they are and will hide damaging information to protect a candidate they personally favor.
Some of the findings:
- 67 percent of likely voters believe that most reporters when covering a political campaign try to help the candidate they want to win, 21 percent think most reporters put the emphasis on trying to offer unbiased coverage. Twelve percent aren’t sure.
- 48 percent believe that most reporters would hide any damaging information they learned to help the candidate they wanted to win, 29% disagree and 23% aren’t sure.
- 46% of likely voters believe feel that the average reporter is more liberal than they are, while 18% think reporters are more conservative. Twenty-two percent think their views are about the same and 14% are undecided.
Not surprisingly, Republicans tended to believe that reporters are more liberal and likely to cover up for a candidate they favored while most Democrats disagreed that is the case.
Also, male voters felt more strongly that the average reporter is more liberal than they are, and younger voters were less likely to feel the same way.
As the presidential campaign coverage heats up we are likely to see more of these biases surface as the media rises to the defense of President Obama and his failed programs while at the same time attacking the Republican presidential candidates in an effort to clear a path for Obama’s reelection next year.