In other words, most Americans believe the media are self-conscious propagandists who only use journalistic reputation to brainwash readers.
When I see a headline that most people think newspaper stories and news broadcasts are “intentionally biased,” I have to admit I’m thrilled. People are waking up.
The Washington Examiner reports, “Poll: 70 percent of Americans believe news media is intentionally biased.”
Nearly three quarters of Americans believe the news media reports with an intentional bias, according to a new survey.
The 2015 State of the First Amendment Survey, conducted by the First Amendment Center and USA Today, was released Friday. It shows that only 24 percent of American adults agree with the statement that “overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias,” while 70 percent disagree.
When the question was asked last year, 41 percent agreed, a 17-point difference.
From forty-one to seventy percent in one year!? I don’t know what took you so long, my fellow Americans, but I’m glad so many of you have suddenly opened your eyes.
I have no idea what event might have caused this big a difference. My best guess is that a bunch of things have accumulated until the public can no longer fool themselves.
I hope people keep this in mind during the election coverage.
The story also posts some other steep shifts in public opinion that are real improvements. Last year, more than a third of Americans—thirty-eight percent—believed that the First Amendment goes “too far.” This year, that number was down to nineteen percent! That is a dramatic and needed improvement.
This year thirty-eight percent believe that business owners should be required to provide services to homosexuals. But last year fifty-two percent believed that!
Of course, even though I think it is ridiculous to act like most businesses are going to turn away paying customers, it is worth pointing out (again) that the public controversies have not actually involved businesses refusing services to homosexual persons. Rather, the horrible persecution is happening to businesses who don’t want to support or promote same-sex marriage. These photography and cake-baking businesses have never had a problem serving homosexual customers in general. So if the question was spelled out with that distinction, I think we are safe to surmise that even fewer would want the government to coerce the business.
These are all great improvements. Lets pray that public opinion gets even better next year.