Originally Posted by mcbear
The second point involves the integrity of Professional Journalists. You seem to want those journalists to provide 100% ethical decisions in their reporting, 100% ethical decisions in their choice of story and 100% ethical decisions in their conduct as Journalists yet you donâ€™t trust them to make that one ethical decision that allows them to have a political opinion and still be objective in their profession.
Of course I want 100% integrity, don't you? The standard should always be set at maximum integrity, no compromise on integrity. There are numerous studies that point to a general leftward bias in the news media. Unsurprisingly, a separate study indicates that most news people favor one political party. I don't give a crap if reporters give their wealth and soul to a party.
Give it all, I don't give a damned. I assume that news people are people first, newsies second. People tend to put their money where their mouths are and vice versa. Being basically normal people, I assume newsies do the same. Thus, through several independent and different lines of evidence and analysis there is a convergence of results indicating a leftward leaning to the news and also, a sharply leftward bend to their political support. That seems reasonable to me.
yes, that is bias. It is a part of why newsies are held in such low esteem by the righties. They are held in low esteem by the lefties for the reasons that Germanstar provided -- seen as pawns and dupes of corporate bosses. Is that part true, also? Maybe so. But if it is true, it may serve to do little more than bridle the excesses of the general leftward lurch because you see, the end result is that the published and broadcast media have a leftward lean, despite their corporate masters.
Zogby Poll: Voters Believe Media Bias is Very Real
Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet/Zogby Poll shows American voters are skeptical political motivation may be behind blogs run by mainstream news organizations
The vast majority of American voters believe media bias is alive and well â€“ 83% of likely voters said the media is biased in one direction or another, while just 11% believe the media doesnâ€™t take political sides, a recent IPDI/Zogby Interactive poll shows.
The Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet is based at George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Nearly two-thirds of those online respondents who detected bias in the media (64%) said the media leans left, while slightly more than a quarter of respondents (28%) said they see a conservative bias on their TV sets and in their column inches. The survey, which focuses on perceptions of the â€śoldâ€ť and â€śnewâ€ť media, will be released today at the PoliticsOnline Conference 2007 at GWU. It is also featured in the March issue of Zogbyâ€™s Real America newsletter, now available on www.zogby.com
Fritz Wenzel, Zogbyâ€™s Director of Communications, will also discuss with conferenceâ€“goers the results of the first interactive survey to include video clips from presidential candidates. The video poll is the latest step in Zogbyâ€™s cuttingâ€“edge leadership in online polling, and revealed important respondent sentiment toward the candidates after viewing clips online of recent speeches and interviews. Zogby Internationalâ€™s Jonathan Zogby, Director of Domestic Business Development, has also published an article in the conference magazine about the emergence of Internet polling as an important survey research tool, particularly in light of the increasing difficulty of telephone polling.
The IPDI PoliticsOnline conference is one of the most important annual national conferences focusing on how the Internet has affected American politics.
While 97% of Republicans surveyed said the media are liberal, two-thirds of political independents feel the same, but fewer than one in four independents (23%) said they saw a conservative bias. Democrats, while much more likely to perceive a conservative bias than other groups, were not nearly as sure the media was against them as were the Republicans. While Republicans were unified in their perception of a left-wing media, just two-thirds of Democrats were certain the media skewed right â€“ and 17% said the bias favored the left.
The Zogby Interactive survey of 1,757 likely voters nationwide was conducted Feb. 20-26, 2007, and has a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.
As the influence of blogs has risen, mainstream news organizations have attempted to get in on the action by creating their own blogs to counter those run by private citizens and those not in the news business. But American voters remain skeptical of major news outlets diving in to the blog pool â€“ 26% speculated that the reason news organizations are placing blogs on their Web sites is that â€śblogs give news organizations a chance to promote a political agenda they could not promote in their regular broadcasts, cablecasts, or publications.â€ť
This monthâ€™s Zogbyâ€™s Real America newsletter also explores Americansâ€™ divided views on how to fix the U.S. health care system â€“ how the nationâ€™s health care compares to other counties, whether Americans should seek a radical change and what type of health care system would benefit the most Americans.
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