Pew poll shocka: Trust in media tends to vary by party

posted at 9:57 pm on August 9, 2007 by Allahpundit

Presented mostly without comment. The red markings I’ve added tell most of the story anyway. There’s more at Pew, especially as regards Fox News viewers versus fans of other cable networks. The Foxies tend to be a little more, er, suspicious.

For the first one, note that we’re looking at a small fall off from 1985 until 1992, right around the time conservative talk radio started to take off. Then — boom. The sharp drop for network news over the last two years is, I’m guessing, due to perceptions about Iraq reporting:

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More Iraq effects. Note the fleeting parity in 1999, after the impeachment fiasco, and the startling fact that fewer Democrats see the press as too critical of America now than they did in 1985. Is that left-wing disgruntlement over Iraq coverage before the war or a side effect of the left shifting further left?

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The Beauchamp saga explained? Note where independents come down on this one:

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And finally, Pew provides the highlighting for the trends here. Sad to say, but except for the Iraq effects during the last two years, the Dems are actually more evenhanded on this subject than we are:

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From the Drudge report on this it is clear that the more educated you are; the LESS you trust the MSM.

unseen on August 9, 2007 at 10:06 PM

The steady decline among all segments over the past 20 years demonstrates the
media’s structural imbalance, which now requires our return to the ‘fairness doctrine’.

petefrt on August 9, 2007 at 10:10 PM

56% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the network news?! 41% have a favorable opinion of National newspapers?! NFW.

TheBigOldDog on August 9, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Allah, take a look at this. Sounds pretty good, but take note of the bottom of the article. The first 3 on the list. Sounds like a guest-worker program. Maybe I’m just overreacting.

amerpundit on August 9, 2007 at 10:15 PM

Sad to say, but except for the Iraq effects during the last two years, the Dems are actually more evenhanded on this subject than we are.

That’s debatable. Dems clearly love press criticism of any GOP Pres, and not so much of Clinton. Repubs thought press criticism was good during the Reagan-GHWB-Clinton years. It has dropped off since 2001, which may have less to do with W as POTUS than the post-9/11 environment. It’s possible that the GOP respondents are thinking of the MSM going after W on stuff like the terrorist surveillance program, generally running down the war effort, trying to manufacture Watergate out of the US attny firings, etc.

Karl on August 9, 2007 at 10:15 PM

This is a big surprise? When we’re in office and the media is critical, we think it sucks. When we’re not in office and the media is critical, we think it’s great. Ditto for the Dems.

There was a hell of a Clinton impact on both sides though.

It’s good for us they inspire such animosity from the press at times. Even a dog gets tired of being patronized sometimes and will bite you.

BacaDog on August 9, 2007 at 10:34 PM

Or does this all prove that media isnt interested in facts but rather in being contrarian ?

William Amos on August 9, 2007 at 11:10 PM

Who takes all these polls? I’ve NEVER, EVER gotten a poll phone call!

SouthernGent on August 9, 2007 at 11:35 PM

NOW can we question the democrats patriotism? Please?

Ballistic on August 9, 2007 at 11:40 PM

Great stuff, AP

Jaibones on August 9, 2007 at 11:53 PM

Personally I get most of my news here. Like 75 percent of it.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 9, 2007 at 11:56 PM

NOW can we question the democrats patriotism? Please?

Ballistic on August 9, 2007 at 11:40 PM

Question their sanity while you’re at it!

SouthernGent on August 10, 2007 at 12:27 AM

OT, as there is really no place for this. It appears that Dkos is doing a little comment clean up as we speak. heh

” DailyKos is undergoing some maintenance right now.
It’ll be back up just as soon as possible.
Thanks for your patience.

It’s that time again to do some house cleaning on the database, particularly the

comment tables (there’s almost 13 million of them now, and now you all post over

20,0000 of them a day). We’ll be back as soon as we can. -ct”

Connie on August 10, 2007 at 12:53 AM

56% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the network news?! 41% have a favorable opinion of National newspapers?! NFW.

TheBigOldDog on August 9, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Ditto, Dog. There is a Rank Smell wafting around this poll.

I did polling the the Prez level in 1972 and 1976 ( I AM that old ). Much–very much, as in a great deal–depends on the exact wording and tone of the question.

Yes, I said tone. People are phoned at random, and asked–verbally, by an actual person–unanticipated questions by strangers. Out of a combo of courtesty and “let’s get this over with ASAP”, people will tell the questioner what they think he wants to hear, and they will rarely admit that they don’t know what they don’t know.

For the above reasons, ALL polls on abortion are crap; ALL polls on race are crap ( the list of crap polls is not a short one )

You get the point

Janos Hunyadi on August 10, 2007 at 1:06 AM