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Media Bias 101

Media Bias 101 summarizes more than 25 years of survey research showing how journalists vote, what journalists think, what the public thinks about the media, and what journalists say about media bias. The following links take you to more than 40 different surveys, with key findings and illustrative charts.
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Exhibit 1-2: Major Newspaper Reporters

In 1982, scholars at the California State University at Los Angeles asked reporters from the fifty largest U.S. newspapers for whom they voted in 1980. In that election, Republican Ronald Reagan ...
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Exhibit 1-18: Slate Magazine Pre-Election Staff Survey

Prior to the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, the online Slate magazine surveyed its staff to find out how they intended to vote.
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Exhibit 2-26: Record High 67% See Political Bias in News Media

A Pew Research Center survey conducted in January 2012 found a record high 67 percent of Americans see “a great deal” or “fair amount” of “political bias” in the news media.
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Exhibit 2-25: Pew Finds Record Low Respect for News Media (2011)

A July 2011 poll from the Pew Research Center documented how the public’s opinion of the media has significantly deteriorated since the group began polling in 1985, with record numbers seeing the ...
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Exhibit 2-24: Gallup Finds Most Distrust the Media; Public’s Confidence Low (2011)

A September 2011 Gallup survey found “the majority of Americans still do not have confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly,” with three times as many Americans ...
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Exhibit 2-23: 2010 Surveys Find Two-Thirds of Public Is “Angry” at the Media

A pair of Rasmussen Reports surveys in the spring of 2010 confirmed the public’s low estimation of the media’s fairness and ethics.
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Exhibit 2-22: News Media Both Too Liberal and Too Powerful

The results of a survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted October 22-23, 2009 by Rasmussen Reports suggest most voters believe media bias skews government policy to the left.
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Journalists Admitting Liberal Bias, Part Two

While most in the media business continue to deny the problem of liberal bias, a number of journalists have admitted that the majority of their brethren approach the news from a liberal angle.
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Journalists Denying Liberal Bias, Part Three

In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many journalists still refuse to acknowledge that most of the establishment media tilts to the left.
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Journalists Denying Liberal Bias, Part Two

In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many journalists still refuse to acknowledge that most of the establishment media tilts to the left.
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