Gallup: Americans’ distrust of the media hits a new high

posted at 11:21 am on September 21, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Whaaaaat? The American public is growing increasingly suspicious that they’re being fed a steady stream of waffle by a media establishment that does everything within its power to not only play up Romney’s “gaffes,” but to tell us in advance exactly how we should feel about them and to steamroll over President Obama’s failures, all while more or less glossing over the disastrous goings-on of the world at large? What is the world coming to! From Gallup:

Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004. …

This year’s decline in media trust is driven by independents and Republicans. The 31% and 26%, respectively, who express a great deal or fair amount of trust are record lows and are down significantly from last year. Republicans’ level of trust this year is similar to what they expressed in the fall of 2008, implying that they are especially critical of election coverage.

Trend since 1997: In general, how much trust and confidence do you have in the mass media -- such as newspapers, TV, and radio -- when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly -- a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?

Not surprisingly, when broken down by party, Democrats place the greatest trust in the mainstream media with 58 percent feeling a-okay with their news coverage, but only 26 percent of Republicans do. What is interesting, though, is that after independents’ trust in the media fell below the 50-percent mark in 2004, it’s only continued on a downward trajectory, and only 31 of independents today are feeling good about about the media painting a fair, accurate, and complete picture of the current political scene.

What has me really raising my eyebrow (the left one, to be specific), however, is how people replied to the question of whether or not they’re paying particularly close to this presidential-election news cycle.

Trend: Attention to National Political News -- by Party

48 percent of Republicans are following presidential politics closely, but only 39 percent of Democrats are. So, in conjunction with yesterday’s study suggesting that only 15 percent of Democrats believe that recent economic news is mostly poor, and if Democrats are really leading Republicans in the enthusiasm contest… Help me out here, folks: Are the more committed members of the Democratic faithful just in straight-up denial? Kind of like, oh, maybe a media establishment that skews unabashedly liberal and is hell-bent on constantly jabbing the public with less-than-subtle suggestions that Romney-voters should be discouraged and that President Obama has this in the bag? Is reality no longer of any consequence?


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Bishop?

Bishop!

PatriotGal2257 on September 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Given the thirty year effort of the republican party yo discredit the imperfect but large accurate and effective established news media, in order to create a demand for the inaccurate and partisan spin they pretend is “news,” this is not surprising.

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

It’s all distrust of Fox News. If it wasn’t for Fox News, the media would be accurate and honest!

Like that Ed Schultz guy. He’s a straight shooter and totally unbiased!

Nethicus on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I think you mean 39% of Dems. Look at the second graph again.

sandspur on September 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Wow. Grim surfing these days huh? You can’t find anyone else’s work praising rMoney to write about?

You can’t even make up numbers about any polls that pertain to the race? They are that far gone? Come on! Focus!

Sad days, sad days.

tommyhawk on September 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

What a shock. Democrats are most comfortable with being told how to think.

Flange on September 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

The legacy media are corrupt dangerous propagandists. Americans are dying and they are covering for the administration.

d1carter on September 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Seriously, this is yet another “No sh!t, Sherlock” moment.

Of course
58 percent of Dems feel OK about the MSM’s news coverage. It merely reinforces what they’ve got going on in their empty little heads.

PatriotGal2257 on September 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

This is very good news.

Thank You New Media !

FlaMurph on September 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

But, how can this be?!

For he isn’t the Kwisatz Haderach?

catmman on September 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Looks like you are reading the graph wrong. 39 percent of Democrats are not 33.

brut4ce on September 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Seems like democrats have a serious problem in facing reality here. I mean, even if I was a democrat (no, I can’t fathom that) with at least a slim attachment to objectivity (again, unfathomable), I would have to be realistic in assessing that the media is covering my guy in a much more favorable manner than they are covering his challenger. Unless I just really thought that my guy was the second coming. There is that I suppose. Otherwise, the bias is just so blatantly obvious that the only thing a democrat could rail against would be talk radio and the opinion hosts on Fox; everywhere else, the democrat narrative is fully voiced by the media.

AZfederalist on September 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

It’s all distrust of Fox News. If it wasn’t for Fox News, the media would be accurate and honest!

Like that Ed Schultz guy. He’s a straight shooter and totally unbiased!

Nethicus on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The same is true with Chris Matthews. He’s a down the middle stand up guy. If he has any bias, it’s impossible to detect it.

jrgdds on September 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

“largely accurate”? LOL. Not when it comes to your “messiah”, they’re not.

kingsjester on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The legacy media are corrupt dangerous propagandists. Americans are dying and they are covering for the administration.

Not only covering, but working for and promoting this administration.

Democrats are most comfortable with being told how to think.

Decades of public school indoctrination will do that to already weak minds.

hawkeye54 on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

We don’t HAVE “a media” today. There’s the Democratic Party, there are Progressives, there are Liberal activists and they all work together toward increased destruction of the US as a Republic and Capitalist economy, not to mention alsow working toward the destruction of Christian and Conservative values and beliefs.

Some of them are organized as “NBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, Brookings Institute, Tides, MoveOn, Media Matters, and more” but they’re not “media” but are, instead, political operatives and activists.

Media long ago was overtaken in the US just as was Education, law and other industries. Now they’re all political activists and what information they report is for purposes of framing a pro-Progressive and anti-Capitalist, anti-Republic perspective as good.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Sorry, I don’t buy into the “democrats are all excited about voting” story from yesterday. From everything I have seen elsewhere (even in a CBS poll the day before), that is just not the case this year. Republicans are energized.

Anecdotal evidence from many people here and even myself adds to my disbelief. I live in Maryland. I travel the DC beltway everyday. Yes, there are a handful of Obama stickers out there that I have noticed. They are so small and placed in such a way as not to be obvious that most people would miss them. Much much different than four years ago when every other car had one. Hell, I have even seen a couple of cases where people have attemted to cover up their 2008 Obama sticker with something else completely not political. Made me smile.

jazzmo on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

tommyhawk on September 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Wow. What a substantive post.

**Golf CLap**

Idjit.

kingsjester on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I will offer this explanation for the difference in who is following the news, at this particular point.

Republicans are following the news because we are worried, we are not doing well, we are holding our breath and we keep watching for the other shoe and other shoe and the other shoe to drop.

Democrats have the government jobs and don’t know anything is wrong, so they are not worried, not watching the news, and think that the WORST thing that could happen has something to do with abortion or gay marriage or teachers being laid off.

Fleuries on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

It’s all distrust of Fox News. If it wasn’t for Fox News, the media would be accurate and honest!

Like that Ed Schultz guy. He’s a straight shooter and totally unbiased!

Nethicus on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Unfortunately bullshit is bullshit and you sir are an advocate of bullshit. Sorry to tell you the truth but you should know the extent of your shortcomings.

logicman_1998 on September 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The Minneapolis StarTribune is the paper of record in theses here parts.

The Mrs. refuses to cancel subscription: “because sometimes it has some good things in it”

As for me, sports page, obits & comics.

That’s it.

Everything else from the internet and radio.

Local TV is DFL points on parade.

Don’t have cable, so no FOX or MSNBC.

(Used to have it, but no more, not for 60 bucks a month.)

The MSM can’t die soon enough.

Bruno Strozek on September 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I rest my case. The intersection of reality and democrats is the null set.

AZfederalist on September 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The SNL prime-time show last night was another “kill Romney” event.

I queried someone this morning about his wife who saw it. He said even she commented to him at how alarmed she is about Romney now that she saw that.

Once again, they are very effective. Votes go trickle, trickle, trickle into the Obama camp.

Carnac on September 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Waaaaa!! The plebes aren’t getting their information from approved sources! WAAAA!!!!

You’re up early.

CurtZHP on September 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Given the thirty year effort of the republican party yo discredit the imperfect but large accurate and effective established news media, in order to create a demand for the inaccurate and partisan spin they pretend is “news,” this is not surprising.

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Did I miss a /sarc tag? The media has discredited themselves. “Fake but accurate” Nat’l Guard memo, deceptively edited Martin/Zimmerman 911 recordings, ZERO vetting of Obama while overtaking Wasilla to find ANYTHING on Gov Palin. Just a few examples of what I imagine you are referring to as “innacurate and partisan spin”.

DOOF on September 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

logicman_1998 on September 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I think he was kidding.

CurtZHP on September 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Just as pundits like to tie presidential approval polls with events, it would be an interesting exercise to attempt to correlate public shifts in attitude toward the media with what the media reports.

For example, does public trust in the media dip slightly each time a new “economic recovery is around the corner” or “economic recovery is here!” story circulates, or does it take an accumulation of false signals until the eleventy-eleventh iteration of the Obama Recovery Story simply breaks the camel’s back and public confidence in media takes a plunge. Drip, drip, drip, or calving icebergs?

Or the eleventy-eleventh “Romney GAFFE Fatal to Candidacy” story, which, of course isn’t reportage at all but opinion, and that realization sends public trust plummeting.

Not even sure what the public no longer trusts the media to do, since the press long since gave up “reporting.”

de rigueur on September 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Thank you Andrew Breitbart!!! RIP

katy on September 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

First, am I the only one that gets creeped out by this concept of a largely secular media pushing images like the one on this thread making Dear Won look like a Saint?

Second,

Whaaaaat? The American public is growing increasingly suspicious that they’re being fed a steady stream of waffle by a media establishment that does everything within its power to not only play up Romney’s “gaffes,” but to tell us in advance exactly how we should feel about them and to steamroll over President Obama’s failures, all while more or less glossing over the disastrous goings-on of the world at large? What is the world coming to!

Which is why I more believe poll trends instead of getting my woolies in a bunch over a single “shocking” poll.

It was moving our way before the conventions and is moving in our direction again.

hawkdriver on September 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Nethicus on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

jrgdds on September 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

::shakes head::

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

deceptively edited Martin/Zimmerman 911 recordings

DOOF on September 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Deceptive?? If you’re deaf, maybe. That edit job sounds like it was done with a dull battleaxe. Only a democrat would have been fooled.

CurtZHP on September 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I think you misread the graph… it shows Democrat 39% and independents 33%. I find that hard to believe, but that’s what it says. Or is the graph wrong and you heard something different?

pfw51 on September 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

kingsjester on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

scroll by the troll guy

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Excellent analysis and right on the money.

PatriotGal2257 on September 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Help me out here, folks: Are the more committed members of the Democratic faithful just in straight-up denial?

Cattle, munching on hay – State provided hay – in the field are incapable of “denial.” That would imply some cognizance of political and media reality.

Leave them be. They are simply cattle. Expect nothing of them, other than willful obedience to authority.

They are lost – they are Democrats.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

…the imperfect but large accurate and effective established news media…

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Fake but accurate, V2.0.

Archivarix on September 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

But, how can this be?!

For he isn’t the Kwisatz Haderach?

lol! I knew that reminded me of something. Long live the fighters!

Battlecruiser-operational on September 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Sorry to tell you the truth but you should know the extent of your shortcomings.

logicman_1998 on September 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Does that hook hurt?

AZfederalist on September 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Next poll will say that most people think Hollywood is liberal.

I trust the media for one thing – sports scores.

gophergirl on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Given the thirty year effort of the republican party yo discredit the imperfect but large accurate and effective established news media, in order to create a demand for the inaccurate and partisan spin they pretend is “news,” this is not surprising.

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Hey, u and TommyBuzzard simply need to go take a peek at Univision if you want to see what Journalism used to look like 30 yrs ago…the Latinos vetting your Pres got you down?

hillsoftx on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

If you watched Conan or the two old geezers of late night tv, the last couple of days you would conclude that the election is pretty much over. They are telling stories of mass defections from Governor Romney’s campaign team, etc.

It leads me to suggest that there might be a comedy version of JournoList, perhaps led by someone in the WH or DNC, with the jokers all subscribing.

slickwillie2001 on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The Gallup poll reminds me of this classic from The Onion back in 2009. Sadly, it still applies:

Media Having Trouble Finding Right Angle On Obama’s Double-Homicide

rcpjr on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Unfortunately bullshit is bullshit and you sir are an advocate of bullshit. Sorry to tell you the truth but you should know the extent of your shortcomings.

logicman_1998 on September 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Your sarcasm detection meter needs a new battery. :)

jwolf on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Bush’s fault. Or Romney’s. Or the “War on Women”.

eforhan on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Media long ago was overtaken in the US just as was Education, law and other industries. Now they’re all political activists and what information they report is for purposes of framing a pro-Progressive and anti-Capitalist, anti-Republic perspective as good.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Just saw a new dead-on term for the problem: liberaloma.

Archivarix on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

It’s all distrust of Fox News. If it wasn’t for Fox News, the media would be accurate and honest! Like that Ed Schultz guy. He’s a straight shooter and totally unbiased! Nethicus on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Unfortunately bullshit is bullshit and you sir are an advocate of bullshit. Sorry to tell you the truth but you should know the extent of your shortcomings. logicman_1998 on September 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Nethicus is obviously joking dudes. No one’s that goofy.

Akzed on September 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Does that hook hurt?

AZfederalist on September 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I didn’t recognize that this hole was target rich. *_’

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

rcpjr on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

That Onion piece is the funniest — and saddest — thing I’ve read in a long time.

jwolf on September 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Resist we much

FineasFinn on September 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Given the thirty year effort of the republican party yo discredit the imperfect but large accurate and effective established news media, in order to create a demand for the inaccurate and partisan spin they pretend is “news,” this is not surprising.

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The commenter smoothsailing sent me links of Obama’s speech to the troops in Ft. Bliss with a comment that it was the most biased and partisan commentary offered a military ausience he’d ever seen. I agreed. Along with the video link was a link from CNN and a reporter stating for the president, “Some may try to claim that this speech was politically motivated but it clearly wasn’t a campaign speech.”

Dude, bask in the glory of owning a liberal media. Youy guys deserve it.

hawkdriver on September 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So if Romney wins, how will the media cover it in November and December. I can’t picture David Gregory, Scarborough, or any other famous talking head actually moving from their smug elitist selves into “reporters” of the news. After a Romney win, will it get worse?

salem on September 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

audience

hawkdriver on September 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Yeah, like I’ll trust this faux poll. So we’re mostly mistrustful of the media yet we’re suckin’ up the slimestream media lies and Obama’s got the election in the bag. I see something very askew in this picture.

stukinIL4now on September 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

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A few years ago it took an hour for me to find the uncut video of a woman getting her young daughter off a bus in Miami. The daughter was being bullied and not allowed to leave by a boy. 99% of the media ran with the narrative and the cut video that made the woman out to be the bad guy. The uncut tape told a totally different story but did not fit the racial agenda… 10 seconds was cut from the middle of a 40 second clip…

Intentionally changing the story by selective editing has gotten much worse since then and you’re an idiot if you believe otherwise.
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RalphyBoy on September 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’m waiting to hear what the new JournoList 5 gang has to say about this on Sunday morning.

Fallon on September 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

After a Romney win, will it get worse?

salem on September 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Do you recall 2001-2008?

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

The MSM must be destroyed fundamentally changed if this republic is to survive.

forest on September 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Sorry, I don’t buy into the “democrats are all excited about voting” story from yesterday…

jazzmo on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I don’t believe it, either. Or, perhaps I should put it this way: I BELIEVE that the statement is being made but that it represents a falsehood, that it is a Leftwing propaganda meme being said for purposes of trying to discourage Republican voters and encourage the Left (which “needs” encouragement if they’re going to go vote for Obama again).

All the Leftwingers I encounter are far more mean and depressed than they were four years ago and it indicates to me that they’re out of steam — the only thing “good” about that is that at least they recognize their guy is a loser, and the smarter ones among the Left will be recognizing, however modestly, that they elected a creep and not a hero and maybe they feel a bit responsible for the mess their creep has wrought upon us and the world, even if they’re not admitting it.

I also notice an increased effort by the Left to strike out at the Right lately — suspicions unfounded in reality, efforts to hobble Conservatives on an individual basis, increased harassment. All of that reveals that the Left is losing.

It’s good they’re losing, it’s good some of them MAY be aware of it and why (not holding hopes for the latter, though), it’s not good that the Left is behaving in increasingly desperate and irresponsible acts against the rest of us.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

It leads me to suggest that there might be a comedy version of JournoList, perhaps led by someone in the WH or DNC, with the jokers all subscribing.

slickwillie2001 on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Writing teams recruit each other from the same schools, read the same information sources, and live in the same social bubble. If there is a WH or DNC feed it only needs to reach one of them and the rest are infected. More like a hive than a brain trust.

de rigueur on September 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Given the thirty year effort of the republican party yo discredit the imperfect but large accurate and effective established news media, in order to create a demand for the inaccurate and partisan spin they pretend is “news,” this is not surprising.

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The minister of truth has arrived.

magicbeans on September 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

After a Romney win, will it get worse?

salem on September 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Do you recall 2001-2008?

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

My forecast is: yes, it’s going to get worse after Romney wins this November. Meaning, the Left’s aggression on this nation is going to get worse after Romney wins. The Leftmedia especially will be, Democrat-majority local and state governments will be increasingly irreponsible if not damning toward anyone who isn’t Leftwing, etc.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

PEGGY NOONAN AND BILL KRISTOL.

SHUT UP!

gerrym51 on September 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Gallup: Americans’ distrust of the media hits a new high

It’s an encouraging sign…. but when this starts to get the MSM to change it’s ways… I’ll pop the champagne. Until then…all I will do is remain hopeful that the media might just eventually make themselves irrelevant.

lynncgb on September 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Given the thirty year effort of the republican party yo discredit the imperfect but large accurate and effective established news media, in order to create a demand for the inaccurate and partisan spin they pretend is “news,” this is not surprising.

urban elitist on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

…I love it when they ^ ^ ^ humiliate themselves for all to see…just using an assumed identity!
…where is gummeandpokeme ?…he has to have a poll/pole!

KOOLAID2 on September 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Writing teams recruit each other from the same schools, read the same information sources, and live in the same social bubble. If there is a WH or DNC feed it only needs to reach one of them and the rest are infected. More like a hive than a brain trust.

de rigueur on September 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Agreed.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Eddie Haskell Brooks…MM at her best.

d1carter on September 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

answers:
reality is of absolutely no consequence to them
the poll of dem intensity yesterday was a lie
everything gets relatively clear

t8stlikchkn on September 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I will trust a blogger looking out their window and telling what they see more than I will trust any news anchor on any network about what they say.

The Dinosaur Media is at an extinction event for them.

Yet free people have the right and liberty to report about what they see.

The 20th century is over for the MFM and they haven’t adapted. Their day is over, the brain killed, the body just takes a bit longer to fall over due to inertia.

ajacksonian on September 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

It’s your collective bombastic culture of pundits and taking things out of context and looping them nonstop with loudmouth commentary.

I’m mostly pro Republican as a non-American, and pro-America, so don’t take it as an anti-American statement. But that’s just how things are in your country, so it shouldn’t be surprising that people are turned off by politics and media.

It’s been over a month since Obama said the “you didn’t build that” comment.
So yesterday for the first time I heard the entire sentence, and it was clear to me, for the very first time, that he was referring to the roads and bridges… that if you have a business, you did not build that, i.e. the roads and bridges. But until I heard that line in full yesterday, I kept on believing for over a month that he referred to people not building the businesses.

This is just so offputting… and I’m on your side guys!

So then someone will say “but if we stop doing that, the leftists will not stop their cr4p”, and they’ll probably be right. And that’s why people distrust the media so much.

AlexB on September 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Intentionally changing the story by selective editing has gotten much worse since then and you’re an idiot if you believe otherwise.

RalphyBoy on September 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Anyone who has ever had to “handle the press” could tell you stories… From an innocent caught up in a reportable event to a seasoned pr agent who makes his living spinning the media, they’ll all tell you the same thing:

1) the press never gets the actual story right;
2) the press has its own agenda (which savvy media manipulators and least know and try to work around); and
3) the media “narrative” overrules the actual story every time.

de rigueur on September 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Are Drudge and Rush and Fox (and MM and HA) considered media?

John the Libertarian on September 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Bishop?

Bishop!

PatriotGal2257 on September 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

OK, I suppose I should have asked this years ago, but can someone explain the Bishop reference to me?

SoRight on September 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Nethicus on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM
jrgdds on September 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM
::shakes head::

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

…did they forget the sarc tag…or is the septic backing up again?…CAUTION…!!! troll turd surfacing?

KOOLAID2 on September 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Nethicus on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Nethicus is obviously joking dudes. No one’s that goofy.

Akzed on September 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Note to Nethicus and anyone else posting efforts at joking: include a footnote noting sarcasm or insincerity or imitation of a Leftwinger, etc.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Bottom line…Democrats love being fed BS…

PatriotRider on September 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The sad fact is that those who run the media realize the majority of the public believes they are biased. While this year is a record, it’s nothing new.

Any of the major networks or CNN could significantly improve their viewership and profitability simply by moving to the center and by becoming as unbiased as possible. They all refuse to do so because propagandizing and being accepted in the Manhattan-Beltway cocktail party circuit is far more important than ratings or profits.

bw222 on September 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

My forecast is: yes, it’s going to get worse after Romney wins this November.

Well, he wins, IF Obama and his criminal organization don’t allow Armegeddon to be unleashed in October as a last desperate attempt to make sure Romney doesn’t win.

If Obama can’t win…..ain’t nobody winnin’.

hawkeye54 on September 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Note to Nethicus and anyone else posting efforts at joking: include a footnote noting sarcasm or insincerity or imitation of a Leftwinger, etc.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

That takes all of the fun out of ones bishing trip.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Nethicus on September 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM
jrgdds on September 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

::shakes head::

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

…did they forget the sarc tag…or is the septic backing up again?…CAUTION…!!! troll turd surfacing?

KOOLAID2 on September 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I wrote ” ::shakes head:: ” in DISAGREEMENT with those earlier posts, not in agreement lest that’s how you interpreted it.

” ::shakes head:: ” as in, oh, geeeez.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

jazzmo on September 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I agree with you. I recently visited family in Chicago and suburbs. I saw a total of 2 Obama stickers (1 was an old one), and 4 NObama. Now….I don’t believe 0 will lose there, but there is no great Obama enthusiasm like there was 4 years ago.

hoosierma on September 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

So if Romney wins, how will the media cover it in November and December. I can’t picture David Gregory, Scarborough, or any other famous talking head actually moving from their smug elitist selves into “reporters” of the news. After a Romney win, will it get worse?

salem on September 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

You know it will. They will pile on with everything they have as often as possible. Plus, there will be the added “attraction” of fake outrage over their little liberal progressive worldviews being repudiated.

If Romney’s smart, he will conclude from now (or should have concluded by now) that he’s never going to get a fair shake from them, ever. He needs to find a way around them somehow.

PatriotGal2257 on September 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

::shakes head::

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

…did they forget the sarc tag…or is the septic backing up again?…CAUTION…!!! troll turd surfacing?

KOOLAID2 on September 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

/sarc

Happy?

jrgdds on September 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

MSNBC will be on suicide watch Nov. 6th. No sharp objects anywhere near the studio.

brut4ce on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

/sarc

Happy?

jrgdds on September 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Stand your ground and don’t be bullied!

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Note to Nethicus and anyone else posting efforts at joking: include a footnote noting sarcasm or insincerity or imitation of a Leftwinger, etc.

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

That takes all of the fun out of ones bishing trip.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Well, the absence of clear intent sets ::some:: here off on Jackalope Hunts. And that ruins comments sections…

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

OK, I suppose I should have asked this years ago, but can someone explain the Bishop reference to me?

SoRight on September 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Bishop ?

Jabberwock on September 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

News = Entertainment…Politics = Reality TV…The Medium is the Message.

workingclass artist on September 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

And that ruins comments sections…

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Lighen up Francis

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

If 60% of the voters don’t trust what the media is feeding them, why isn’t Romney getting 60% of the vote?

Steve Z on September 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

/sarc

Happy?

jrgdds on September 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Stand your ground and don’t be bullied!

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Jackalope!

;p

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

As a former liberal and former member of the media, I can tell you with 100% certainty: media bias is organic. It’s baked into the process of becoming a journalist. Journalism departments, even at red-state universities, are teeming with leftover 60s radicals and they are only too eager to train up a new generation of Marxists.

Moreover, those who choose journalism as a career tend to be open to liberal philosophy. When I left journalism school, I had developed radical ideas about America’s role in the world, and was highly suspicious of capitalism, religion and Republicans (the “white male” party).

Even sports and business journalism leans left.
At the small daily newspaper in Utah where I worked in the early 90s as a sports writer, the only conservatives were the advertising account reps (who actually brought in the revenue that supported all the rest of us. Fitting, actually.)This pattern continued as I became a business journalist for several national publications. (You would think people covering Wall Street would be Republican, but 9 times out of 10, they’re not.)

Pursuing a career in journalism is like going to art school. It attracts people who think a certain way. They know they’re unlikely to make a lot of money, but the real “payoff” is the unfettered ability to influence others with their philosophy (much like teaching).

Your regular church going Republican with traditional views on lifestyle, marriage, capitalism and foreign policy is much less likely to pursue a career journalist. That’s just reality.

But thanks to the internet, we have a rebirth of citizen journalism! This mutes the effect of the rampant bias among the big media outlets, and begins to level the playing field.

Nicole Coulter on September 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

And that ruins comments sections…

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Lighen up Francis

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Like I wrote already, that ruins comments sections…

Lourdes on September 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

SoRight on September 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Heh. As I understand it, the first comment on any thread is reserved for Bishop, one of the esteemed long-time commenters here on HotAir. It’s a fun in-joke.

Sometimes people say “First!” if they are the first comment, and mindful that Bishop is supposed to be first, they may list his name instead.

PatriotGal2257 on September 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

MSNBC will be on suicide watch Nov. 6th. No sharp objects anywhere near the studio.

brut4ce on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Popcorn?

workingclass artist on September 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

PatriotGal2257 on September 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Bishop is not esteemed, he’s a jackalope.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

But, how can this be?!

For he isn’t the Kwisatz Haderach?

catmman on September 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

No, he IS the Ersatz Haderach!

Libraritarian on September 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

You can’t find anyone else’s work praising rMoney to write about?

tommyhawk on September 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

So says the troll who stopped by to comment about someone else’s writing.

pain train on September 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on September 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

LOL. I stand corrected. :)

PatriotGal2257 on September 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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