Read about the history of journalism and you will learn that the industry developed as a way to inform — simply inform, not sway — citizens of what is happening in the government. There was no bias, no endorsements — just information.
Today, however, even the most casual of political observers can admit that news outlets, like the New York Times, for example, consistently places stories of detriment to Republicans on the front page with blaring, blaming headlines and pieces about democrat corruption take on a more distant, analytical tone. Sometimes, the articles are outright excusing and buried below the fold or inside.
Tired and unafraid to talk about it, those being polled are showing some public backlash from this act.
“The Media Research Center announces the findings of a new post-election poll on what actual voters thought about the media’s influence on the 2016 presidential race,” Newsbusters reported.
The figures don’t show well for the media.
Sixty-nine percent of voters polled don’t think members of the media are honest and truthful – a viewpoint that coincidentally marked and marred Hillary Clinton’s campaign all the way to the losing column.
Seventy-eight percent thought the news media’s coverage of the presidential campaign was biased, in favor of Clinton by a 3-to-1 margin.
“Even a third (32 percent) of Clinton voters believe the media were ‘pro-Clinton,'” Newsbusters reported.
Here’s the key takeaway, though: 97% polled said their voters were not influenced by the media’s bias. And that’s a significant shockwave to the media – or should be, said MRC president Brent Bozell.
“The media are in full panic mode because the American people rejected their leftists agenda – and them,” he said, Newsbusters reported. “People didn’t believe the nonsense that the media were politically neutral. Even a third of Hillary’s supporters believe they were pro-Hillary.”