Fair and balanced. That’s something most Americans feel continues to be missing from most newspaper, television and radio news coverage these days, according to the latest Gallup poll, notes Grumpy Editor.
“Americans remain largely distrusting of the news media,” says Gallup.
The poll, conducted Sept. 8 to 11, finds 55 percent of Americans have little or no trust in the mass media.
A Gallup chart shows trust and confidence in mass media have been heading downward since mid-2006.
Most Americans --- 60 percent --- continue to perceive bias with 47 percent saying the media are too liberal, adds Gallup.
“Partisans continue to perceive the media very differently,” observes Gallup.
“Seventy-five percent of Republicans and conservatives say the media are too liberal,” adds Gallup. “Democrats and liberals lean more toward saying the media are ‘just about right,’ at 57 percent and 42 percent respectively. Moderates and independents diverge, however, with 50 percent of independents saying the media are too liberal and 50 percent of moderates saying they are just about right.”