Voters Do not Trust Media for Objectivity For Election Coverage … Bias Coverage


According to a recent Rasmussen poll only 17% of voters in America Media_biasbelieve that most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of election campaigns. In other words a resounding percentage of people believe the media to be bias and have an agenda.

Just 17% of voters nationwide believe that most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of election campaigns. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that four times as many—68%–believe most reporters try to help the candidate that they want to win.

The perception that reporters are advocates rather than observers is held by 82% of Republicans, 56% of Democrats, and 69% of voters not affiliated with either major party. The skepticism about reporters cuts across income, racial, gender, and age barriers.

A level playing field during an election is nonexistent. The end result is that no one trusts the media anymore. Normally the media bias is obvious during the general election; however, never was it more evident than during this past Democratic primary where  an overwhelming majority of the media was in the tank for Barack Obama. Wait until its Obama v. McCain. You have never seen media bias like we are about to see. A point further made by the fact that McCain was always the Republican media darling because of his independent ways. Now he will be portrayed as an evil Republican. No bias there.

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    17 Responses to “Voters Do not Trust Media for Objectivity For Election Coverage … Bias Coverage”

    1. caesu on June 9th, 2008 7:08 am

      just stick to Fox News then.
      fair and balanced. :)

      if you want to see how Obama gets smeared and don’t want to see how McCain keeps getting it wrong and keeps loosing his temper.

    2. katablog on June 9th, 2008 7:27 am

      Fox News IS the most fair and balanced but it certainly is not totally unbiased. Caesu is wrong as usual though, Fox is not favorable to McCain. In its attempt to be fair and balanced it gives way too much to Obama.

      But the point is this: the news is suppose to be just an unbiased report of the facts and happenings of the day. It’s not. The news has become free advertisement for the liberal agenda.

    3. wayne on June 9th, 2008 8:23 am

      From my high school jornalism days the way I remember it, the reporter is simply to gather and dessiminate the facts to the public in a manner that is totally unbiased and can be easily understood by the average person.

      That is not what we get now days. I prefer FOX as I do feel from what I have seen it is the most fair and balanced.

      However,in the past 6 to 9 months I feel FOX has slipped greatly into a more biased support for Obama. In my opinion, with all the other media outlets so pro Obama this is really tragic.

      The way Obama has been portrayed he will truly have his work cut out for him because nobody is perfect. The media makes him sound like the messiah, the second coming, the cure all to all our problems. I am expecting him to walk on water any day.

      However, the truth is he is either a poor judge of character from the list of his friends and associates i.e. Wright, Resko, the two former SDS Weathermen. Or, he is in agreement with the above either case is deplorable and unexceptable for the man that many want to lead America to the Promised Land. I don’t find those credentials as the characteristics of a leader that will reach across the aisles and bind up the divisions in our society. Fretfully, I see Obama a devisive and unfortunately when he is Coronated in January of 2009 we will all see in short order the error and the misleading we are now being exposed to by our pitiful media.

      This is not to say McCain is perfect. But to be quite honest he has not been and I seriously don’t think he will be portayed as such.

    4. LilPuma on June 9th, 2008 8:44 am

      Speaking of Obama’s associates and advisors, Father Pfleger is returning to St. Sabina on the 16th. After his now infamous speech about “not getting over it” and the white man has to pay and give up their trust funds (still looking for mine), one of his parishioners said he was glad Pfleger was coming back because we are a forgiving nation.

    5. caesu on June 9th, 2008 9:01 am

      #2 katablog

      maybe FNC changed a bit now after 7 years of shameless biased, unfair and unbalanced reporting on the failed Bush administration and the corrupt GOP.

      now after realising that they have been backing the worst President in recent history and with the master of flip-flopping McCain as the nominee it might indeed seem for the FNC viewer that their pathetic attempt to be less unfair and less unbalanced is biased towards Obama.

    6. wayne on June 9th, 2008 11:29 am

      #2 katablog

      Did you have your lobotomy today?

      Something else you may wish to think about. Some idiot where I live wrote McCain is just a surivior he doesn’t know anything about the military. All I can say about that is that was in an editiorial and my opinions are as good as his. First off we are not talking about Bush, we are talking about McCain vs. Obama. McCain having served on the armed forces commitees hs has and having graduated from the Naval Academy and having been shot down in combat and having had not only a father but a grandfather that served as Admirals in our Navy knows far more about foreign policy and our military than Barack Hussein Obama.

      If we want to take that type of thinking into consideration what does a son of an native African know about the USA. I don’t think the son of a native African and an Atheist American woman knows enough about our country and military to say he has more knowledge on the foreign situation and our military than McCain.

      So if you think that above is bigoted or racist have your way, its the truth so get use to it.

    7. A New Girl on June 9th, 2008 3:42 pm

      #6- Wayne, you were right- that guy who wrote his editorial in your neck of the woods does appear to be an idiot.

      All of what you post about McCains foreign affairs/military experience is, of course, blatantly obvious.

      I think also, Katablog is correct by stating that most news delivered today does seem to have become free advertisements for an extremely liberal agenda.

      Lastly, (and unfortunately) just like Clinton was keep the selected media darling when he first ran for office, the media has taken to portraying Obama in the same light. That is not going to help McCain in general, but it’s still okay.

      Key question is—Can Barrack HUSSIEN Obama win the general election? (Even with favorability throughout the press/media?)

      Hopefully most Americans are intelligent enough to see through all the smoke and mirrors.

    8. LilPuma on June 9th, 2008 5:51 pm

      Dana has discussed this on his show several times. I think it’s dangerous that so much of our news isn’t just facts, but opinions by the show hosts and their panelists and guests. If you only hear a few minutes of it, and many are too busy to listen for longer periods each day, you might think what you’re hearing is fact. I “trust” Lou Dobbs, Anderson Cooper and Bill O’Reilly, although they have their own biases. At least Hannity and Colmes gives both sides on the same show. Maybe we should all switch to Katie Couric. Even if you listen with the host’s bias in mind, someone has to decide what to cover and not cover. I’m often amazed at the news I get online or in newspapers that isn’t covered on television. At times I turn to CNN and wonder why the heck Fox hasn’t touched on that at all. On the other hand, I don’t listen to cable news all day and night but when I do I often hear the same stories being discussed by different people. For a while during the primaries, I stopped watching cable news. Maybe we need to keep telling them that we need to hear all sides of stories and we don’t need to hear the same story for days at a time on every show.

    9. caesu on June 9th, 2008 6:17 pm

      Rupert Murdoch (owns News Corp / Fox News Channel) thinks Obama is going to win the election.

      and he said of Obama that he is fantastic.

      Chairman of News Corp, new WSJ owner, and longtime torchbearer for conservative politics — said this about Barack Obama: “He is a rock star. It’s fantastic” “I love what he is saying about education.” “I don’t think he will win Florida…..but he will win in Ohio and the election”. “I am anxious to meet him.” “I want to see if he will walk the walk.”

      About the presumptive Republican nominee, Murdoch said, “McCain is a friend of mine. He’s a patriot. But he’s unpredictable. Doesn’t seem to know much about the economy. He has been in Congress a long time, and you have to make a lot of compromises. So what’s he really stand for?… I think he has a lot of problems.”

      so you’ve lost Fox News Channel.
      i don’t know if there is another news channel left now for the right wing lunatic fringe who don’t want the country to move forward.

    10. yoyo muffintop on June 9th, 2008 10:50 pm

      “Spike Lee is just a nigger with money, nothing more or less. This Porch Monkey’s movies suck and his racials attacks are his attempts to make chicken soup out of chicken shit!”

      Just bringing this over for all the folks that don’t believe racism is alive and well.

      This person must be one of those “intellegent” folks that New Girl keeps talking about.

    11. yoyo muffintop on June 9th, 2008 10:53 pm

      or “intelligent”. haha.

    12. Ray on June 9th, 2008 11:18 pm

      The news media has been Bias for at least 50 years. They covered up that Fidel Castro was a commumist in 1959.

    13. Katablog on June 10th, 2008 8:41 am

      caesu: Why doesn’t it surprise me that you get your source material at Huffington Post! That has to be the biggest collection of foul mouthed lunatics. Keep drinking that Koolaid!

    14. SUPER DAVE on June 10th, 2008 9:03 am

      why didn’t they cover the story on how michelle osama bama got her snuff lip ? racism has always been around and will always be around. the color of the president is not going to change the facts.
      an athiest & a presidential hopeful that doesn’t believe in the american flag. this contest should be over with rather quickly

    15. caesu on June 10th, 2008 10:54 am

      #13 Katablog

      hahaha i expected a response like that one.
      but the same article is all over the internet.

      just keep drinking your Fox News Channel ‘fair and balanced’ Kool-Aid. ROFLMAO.
      that’s were the biggest colletion of foul mouthed lunatics gathers.

      they used to get their talking points delivered straight from the White House / GOP.

      and this drugsrunner and arms salesman for Iran Oliver North still has a program on that channel or not?

    16. A New Girl on June 10th, 2008 3:38 pm

      #9. Caesu- Right wing “lunatic” fringe…lol

      #10- Yoyo— That guy Bill Anderson just screams RACIST to me! Guess you didn’t see my post. But it’s okay…..if it makes you feel better to keep verbally abusing a female trying desparately to prove your point, knock yourself out! lol Give it up, Tough Guy or I am going to have to sic HRC on you! Like her or not, I admire that woman for her tenacity and grit.

      If I were going to vote Dem this election- SHE would have been my choice over your boy Barrack! (The ANTI-AMERICAN, SOCIALIST/ELITIST RACIST HIMSELF!!) Duh! HRC has more experience, and if ANY woman could have gotten the job done it would have been Hillary! So, marinate on that for awhile okay??

    17. Larry Garrison, MSM & Others Just Don’t Get It … You Are Never Supposed to be Part of the Story, You Report the Story | Scared Monkeys on November 15th, 2008 3:18 pm

      [...] and in other cases not covering other stories so to protect one candidate over another, HERE, HERE and HERE.. The American people have come to realize that there is a bias in the media and that very [...]

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