ALEXANDRIA, VA - Rasmussen Reports has released new polling numbers that bolster what the Media Research Center (MRC) has been documenting, exposing and neutralizing for twenty-one years: that the media are overwhelmingly liberal, and distort rather than report the news.
And that this bias has been readily apparent in this year's Presidential campaign.
Yesterday, Rasmussen Reports revealed that "just 17% of voters nationwide believe that most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of election campaigns" and that "four times as many-68%-believe most reporters try to help the candidate that they want to win."
And it is clear which candidate the American people think the media are helping. According to the poll, "fifty-four percent (54%) say Obama has gotten the best coverage so far", with just "twenty-two percent (22%) say(ing) McCain has received the most favorable coverage."
MRC President L. Brent Bozell issued the following statement:
"This poll echoes what the MRC has been saying for more than two decades. Since 1987, we've captured hundreds of thousands of examples of the media's cheerleading for liberal candidates and causes.
"We've watched the prolonged, pronounced collapse of the network newscasts, national news magazines and national newspapers as a result of their liberal bias, and seen talk-radio, Internet news outlets and the Fox News Channel rush to ably fill the credibility void.
"This year's fawning over Barack Obama, which several reporters have publicly admitted to witnessing and indeed being a part of, has only served to increase and intensify the public's disillusionment with the national press.
"The media should be ashamed at these findings. Far more likely, they will simply ignore them and carry on with liberal business as usual."
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