Recent Rasmussen polling indicates most voters believe the media is overwhelmingly biased in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, alleging half of all journalists will work to get the former veep elected.
Of likely U.S. voters, 50 percent say “most reporters to try to help Biden,” only five percent will provide beneficial coverage to President Trump’s campaign, and 35 percent believe the media will remain “unbiased.”
Fifty-nine percent of the same cohort believe Biden “has received the best treatment from the media so far,” in comparison to 18 percent feeling the media “has treated Trump better.”
This reflects a broader trend, inextricably linked to President Trump highlighting the malign influence of press bias since his 2016 campaign, that 51 percent of likely voters “believe most reporters try to help the candidate they want to win when covering a political campaign.”
What’s more, 63 percent believe “most major news organizations” have their “own political agenda.”
And this agenda is overwhelming anti-Trump: 44 percent of participants believe “most reporters are trying to block President Trump’s agenda,” while 48 percent believe “most reporters were trying to help President Obama pass his agenda.”
In other words, the media’s reputation as objective and factual is long dead.
A disparity exists, however, between Republican and Democratic desires to remedy biased media: 79 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of independents hunger for “fair and balanced” news while less than half – just 42 percent – of Democrats feel the same.
While legacy media journalists love to lament their “Fake News” moniker, the American people evidently believe its well-deserved. And rightfully so.