Poll: 70 percent of Americans believe news media is intentionally biased

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Nearly three quarters of Americans believe the news media reports with an intentional bias, according to a new survey.

The 2015 State of the First Amendment Survey, conducted by the First Amendment Center and USA Today, was released Friday. It shows that only 24 percent of American adults agree with the statement that “overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias,” while 70 percent disagree.

When the question was asked last year, 41 percent agreed, a 17-point difference.

“These are discouraging results for those of us who have spent our careers in journalism,” Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, wrote in an op-ed for USA Today on Thursday. “In 23 years in newsrooms, I saw consistent and concerted efforts to get stories right. Clearly, the public’s not convinced.”

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1 thought on “Poll: 70 percent of Americans believe news media is intentionally biased”

  1. The media isn’t biased it is owned lock, stock, and barrel by wealthy individuals who say what is news and what isn’t news.
    The ownership of the media means no news is good news because the news you get is hand fed to you by the people that own the media.
    Pravda would be proud . . .
    Over the years people have noticed the difference.
    Especially when news they were personally involved in hits the media and it does not resemble the truth.

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