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Wednesday, October 08, 2003  
Are the News Media Too Liberal?
Forty-five percent of Americans say yes

by Frank Newport and Joseph Carroll


PRINCETON, NJ -- Forty-five percent of Americans believe the news media in this country are too liberal, while only 14% say the news media are too conservative. These perceptions of liberal inclination have not changed over the last three years. A majority of Americans who describe their political views as conservative perceive liberal leanings in the media, while only about a third of self-described liberals perceive conservative leanings.

More generally, the Sept. 8-10 Gallup Poll finds that a little more than half of Americans have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the news media when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Trust in the news media has not changed significantly over the last six years. Conservatives have a slightly lower level of trust in the media than either moderates or liberals do. [Blog Editor's Note: What some Americans believe and what is the truth are often not the same thing, as the previous item about the PIPA study makes clear] To read the rest of the Gallup findings, see Gallup Poll News Service

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Tuesday, October 07, 2003  
We report, you get it wrong

By Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service

WASHINGTON - The more commercial television news you watch, the more wrong you are likely to be about key elements of the Iraq War and its aftermath, according to a major new study released in Washington on Thursday.

And the more you watch the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News channel, in particular, the more likely it is that your perceptions about the war are wrong, adds the report by the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA). [Blog Ed's note: A similar study conducted at Boston College after the first Gulf War came to the same conclusions] For the rest of Loeb's report on the PIPA study, see Asia Times

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