Accuracy in Media (AIM)
AIM Report: New Evidence of Liberal Media Bias – November A
AIM Report | By AIM Report | November 6, 2006
NEW EVIDENCE OF LIBERAL MEDIA BIAS
By Andrew G. Selepak*
(Editors Note: This study found evidence that conservatives were more likely to perceive media bias than liberals, but that both conservatives and liberals detected bias in media outlets that leaned against their political perspectives. In the end, however, because conservatives were more critical of the media both in general and in response to specific outlets, the results seem most consistent with the claim that a liberal political bias exists in the mainstream news media.)
Conservative claims of a liberal media bias are having an impact upon public perceptions of news coverage.
Claims of media bias are not new, but increasing claims of bias, especially a perceived liberal media bias, have led to diminishing credibility ratings among news outlets, and an increased level of skepticism of all news coverage.
A 2004 study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press showed that 53% of Americans agreed with the statement, I often dont trust what news organizations are saying, and 48% believe that the people who decide on news content are out of touch, and those numbers are rising. In 1987, 62% of the public believed election coverage was free of partisan bias, down to 53% in 1996, 48% in 2000, and 38% by 2004….(Full Story)