The American media does the worst job in the world covering political issues fairly, according to a new poll.
When asked if news organizations do a good job reporting “different positions on political issues fairly,” Americans overwhelmingly said “no,” placing them at the bottom of a list of 38 countries.
Even lower numbers can be found among supporters of President Trump, who believe the media is doing a worse job covering politics than the supporters of any of the other international political leaders in countries surveyed, the Washington Examiner reports.
“Large gaps in ratings of the media emerge between governing party supporters and non-supporters. On the question of whether their news media cover political issues fairly, for example, partisan differences appear in 20 of the 38 countries surveyed. In five countries, the gap is at least 20 percentage points, with the largest by far in the U.S. at 34 percentage points,” said Pew Research in their study.
Only 21 percent of Americans who are supportive of President Trump and the GOP agenda believe the media is being “fair.” But 55 percent of Americans who don’t support the Republican platform agree: the media isn’t fair.
“The U.S. is also one of only a few countries where governing party supporters are less satisfied with their news media than are non-supporters. In most countries, people who support the political party currently in power are more satisfied with the performance of their news media than those who do not support the governing party,” said the study.
About 56 percent of Americans believe that the media covers news “accurately.” This is mainly news like crime and city council meetings. Most respondents around the globe believed news was being covered accurately. And 61 percent of Americans believed the “most important news events” were being covered well.
But only 47 percent of Americans believed the mainstream media was covering political issues “fairly.”
By contrast, in Canada, 73 percent there believe their media covers politics “fairly.”
The country with the worst record is Greece, where only 18 percent of people believe the media is politically “fair.”
The study also found that rather than being tied to a particular ideological position, satisfaction with the news media across the globe is more closely related to support for the party in power – whether that party is left or right. Public satisfaction with the news media also links closely to trust in one’s national government and a sense that the economy is doing well, which reinforces the point that, for most countries surveyed here, satisfaction with the media aligns with satisfaction on other country conditions rather than along a left-right spectrum.
Globally, 75 percent of news consumers said it was “never acceptable” for a news organization to favor one political party over another when reporting the news, yet in the US, that’s exactly what’s happening.
This is in a time when social engineers in government and the tech industry are trying to redirect people to consume only “mainstream” news, that we now know has a distinct political bias?
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