Liberal media still think they own the copyright to it.
In its recent poll of where people get their news, Politico.com offers an apparently new definition of the word “objective.”
The show that 81% of respondents receive information and news about the mid-term elections from cable TV, with 71% getting info and news from “national broadcast TV news and their websites.” Other major sources were:
Conversations with friends/family: 79%
Local TV news and their websites: 73%
Websites and blogs (other than the national/local news sites): 39%
Political ads: 37%
Much to the dismay of liberals, the cable news breakdown looks like this:
Mainly CNN: 30%
Mainly Fox News: 42%
Mainly MSNBC: 12%
Other cable news channel/website: 9%
Politico, which like most “establishment” news sources staffed by the usual journalism school graduate suspects, feels a need to criticize or insult the obvious dolts who are handing Fox News this media victory:
The results of the poll…also reflect a trend that many commentators and media analysts find disconcerting: Voters are turning to media sources that reinforce their political worldviews rather than present them with more objective reporting that might challenge their assumptions.
Sure, Politico says this trend is “disconcerting” to “many commentators and media analysts”…but that group of course includes Politico, which doesn’t attempt to quantify what “many” means and if “many” even represents more than a small percentage of such “analysts.”
In any case, the most objectionable part of the article was its use of the word “objective” to imply that if we turned to CBS News or a newspaper or presumably Politico.com we would get “objective” reporting as opposed to whatever it is we get from Fox.
Does anybody really believe that before the advent of Fox News and widespread availability of cable news channels, Dan Rather or Tom Brokaw was giving us “objective” news? Remember Dan Rather, the guy who tried to bury President Bush with a forged document? The earliest major cable news outlet, CNN, was and remains decidedly left-of-center.
A found CNN to be the most negative toward Republicans among cable news channels: “The CNN programming studied tended to cast a negative light on Republican candidates — by a margin of three-to-one.” Believe it or not, MSNBC had a higher percentage of positive stories about both Democrats and Republicans than either CNN or FOX, as it simply pandered to both parties. As for Fox, the study concluded “any sense here that the news channel was uniformly positive about Republicans or negative about Democrats is not manifest in the data.”
Also within cable news channels CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, Fox had the highest percentage of “neutral” stories about Republicans (just slightly above CNN). Also, while Fox had a higher percentage of negative stories about Democrats than either CNN or MSNBC, it had a higher percentage of neutral stories than negative stories. Taking just the difference between positive and negative stories about both parties for all three networks, Fox rated as the most neutral.
As far as the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC), “The tone of coverage in the 30-minute evening newscasts was much more positive toward the Democrats than Republicans.” And for the networks’ morning broadcasts, “the shows produced almost twice as many stories focused on Democratic candidates than on Republicans (51% vs. 27%).”
Also worth noting is that the most pro-Democrat bias among various forms of media was in newspapers: “Fully 59% of all stories about Democrats had a clear, positive message vs. 11% that carried a negative tone. That is roughly double the percentage of positive stories that we found in the media generally.”
So, back to “objective”: The idea that people should tune into stations (or read other news sources) beyond Fox News in order to get more objective news is, at least according to the Harvard study and the apparent decision of millions of viewers, ridiculous. Fox has shown that it lives by “fair and balanced” which, in the eyes of those only used to seeing liberal propaganda masquerading as news, might seem subjective and conservative. But that’s a problem with Politico’s perception and that of its quoted “analysts.” While the dominant liberal media see Fox as a problem, viewers are obviously seeing it as a solution.
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