Public Finds Bias in the Press, But Views Media Favorably

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By: Joe Strupp

Americans have a more favorable opinion of newspapers than other news media outlets, but slightly less than they did four years ago, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The survey, released Sunday, also indicated that more people are questioning the patriotism and fairness of the press.

Sixty percent of respondents said news organizations were politically biased, up from 53% two years ago. When asked what news outlets cared about most, a whopping 75% said attracting the biggest audience, compared to 19% who believed it was keeping them informed.

Americans also increased their scrutiny of the media as unpatriotic or anti-American, according to the survey. Only 42% of those polled believed news organizations regularly ?stand up for America,? compared to 51% just two years ago. Meanwhile, the percentage who believed the press was ?too critical of America? rose from 33% in 2003 to 40% this year.

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